2018 Dodge Durango vs. 2018 Ford Explorer

When looking at the 2018 Dodge Durango vs. 2018 Ford Explorer, it is easy to see why the two full-size SUVs have been around since the 1990s. Both models have significant facelifts for 2018 year, making the choice a little challenging for the discerning buyer. Please read on to learn why the 2018 Dodge Durango is the better choice.

Drivetrain Features

Both models offer a two-wheel drive and a four-wheel drive. As you may know, the two-wheel drive typically boasts the ability to maximize the SUV’s fuel efficiency. However, Dodge has engineered the two-wheel drive on the Dodge Durango as a rear-wheel-drive system, meaning the power is evenly distributed to the rear wheels, giving the SUV a better balance on the road and an improved fuel economy. The Ford Explorer has the front-wheel drivetrain with lower fuel economy because most of the weight of the SUV is concentrated in the front.

Transmission Details

For better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway, the eight-speed automatic is standard on the Dodge Durango. Ford Explorer, on the other hand, has an available six-speed automatic.

Towing Capacity

The Dodge Durango boasts a towing capacity of between 6,200 and 7,400 pounds whereas the Ford Explorer can haul between 2,000 and 5,000 pounds.

Maximum Cargo Volume

Both vehicles offer plenty of cargo space for your needs. The second-row and third-row seats fold down in the Dodge Durango to expand the cargo space up to 84.5 cubic feet. In contrast, the second-row and third-row seats in the Ford Explorer fold down slightly smaller at 81.7 cubic feet.

Safety Features

Both vehicles list many standard safety features including a variety of standard airbags, front seat pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems and other protective electronic warning systems.

One neat feature available on the Dodge Durango is optional tilt-down mirrors; when the Dodge Durango is put in reverse, both tilt-down mirrors tilt from their original position to allow a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers, and when the vehicle shifts out of reverse, the mirrors automatically return to their original positions. The mirrors on the Ford Explorer mirrors do not have this option.

Additionally, the Dodge Durango boasts standard Active Head Restraints, a headrest which is specially designed to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash that typically incurs neck and spine injuries. The Ford Explorer doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Last but not least, an optional Forward Collision Warning with Mitigation system is the forward mounted sensors in the Dodge Durango that warn the driver of a potential collision ahead, which is available as an option; if the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. It should be noted that the Ford Explorer offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature that would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

Come Test Drive a 2018 Dodge Durango!

Following reading this 2018 Dodge Durango vs. 2018 Ford Explorer comparison, we encourage our friends, family and neighbors to come to the Friendly Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram dealership, who proudly serves the Penn Yan, Geneva, Watkins Glen, Hammondsport areas. Call us to arrange to test drive a 2018 Dodge Durango. Our team of Dodge auto experts will assist you in examining the Dodge Durango trims and answer any questions you may have.