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2021 Dodge Durango vs. 2021 Ford Explorer Review

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2021 Dodge
Durango

MSRP*: $32,570 to $80,995
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2021 Ford
Explorer

MSRP*: $32,925 to $54,600
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Invoice* $32,203 to $78,416 $31,938 to $52,416
MPG - City 12 - 19 MPG 18 - 23 MPG
MPG - Hwy 17 - 26 MPG 24 - 28 MPG
Seating Capacity 6 - 7 seats 6 - 7 seats
Cargo Space 85.1 ft3 87.8 ft3
Engine V-6, V-8 3.3-liter V-6 (regular gas), Inline-4, V-6
Transmission Auto Manual Auto Manual, Automatic
Drivetrain All-wheel, Rear-wheel Four-wheel, Rear-wheel
Horsepower 293 - 710 hp 300 - 400 hp
Towing Capacity 6,200 - 8,700 lbs 5,300 - 5,600 lbs
Exterior Length 200.1 - 200.8 in 198.8 in
Exterior Width 75.7 - 76.4 in 78.9 in
Leg Room Front 40.3 in
Rear 38.6 in
Front 43.0 in
Rear 39.0 in
Head Room Front 39.9 in
Rear 39.8 in
Front 40.7 in
Rear 40.5 in
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** **** *****
Frontal Crash Rating** **** *****
Side Crash Rating** ***** *****

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Passengers in the back seat may find themselves a little more cramped in the Dodge Durango than the Ford Explorer. The Ford Explorer will be a hit with tall drivers and their front seat passengers, since it has greater front head- and legroom than the Dodge Durango.

Convenience
Due to the larger tank size and better fuel economy of the Dodge Durango, you will definitely be making fewer stops at the gas station than with the Ford Explorer.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). The Dodge Durango is somewhat more expensive than the Ford Explorer. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Destination Charge for the Dodge Durango is much higher than that for the Ford Explorer.

Dimensions
Since the Dodge Durango is much slimmer than the Ford Explorer, it'll be much easier to find a wide enough space in a crowded parking lot. When looking at overall length, the Dodge Durango takes up about the same amount of space in your garage as the Ford Explorer.

Performance
With the Dodge Durango, you'll be able to pull heavier loads than the Ford Explorer. The Dodge Durango has a little more horsepower than the Ford Explorer.

Powertrain
With its lower torque engine, the Dodge Durango doesn't do as good a job transmitting power to its wheels as the Ford Explorer.

Utility
The Dodge Durango has less seating than the Ford Explorer, making the Ford Explorer the better choice, if you need to chauffeur many passengers. You'll be able to fit about the same amount of groceries in the Dodge Durango as you will in the Ford Explorer.

Warranty
The Dodge Durango comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Ford Explorer.