2015 Dodge Durango vs. 2015 Chevy Traverse

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Large crossovers are the bread and butter of the family market, and the 2015 Dodge Durango and 2015 Chevy Traverse are two of the biggest contenders. These heavy-duty SUVs look similar, and they offer many of the same convenience and safety features, making them both excellent options for families or anyone else looking for a stylish and powerful ride. Yet if you examine these two vehicles a little more closely, their differences start to become more apparent.

Here’s what you need to know about how the 2015 Dodge Durango and the 2015 Chevy Traverse stack up:

Exterior Design

The 2015 Dodge Durango has a much more powerful and muscular look than the 2015 Chevy Traverse. It doesn’t just have a boxy look like some of the other powerful SUVs have adopted. Yet, it has the geometric styling, but there seems to be more heft behind it. The Durango looks like it has the bite to back up its bark.

The front end of the Dodge Durango slopes toward a wide front fascia with a large upper grille divided by a cross emblem with chrome trim. Below the body-color bar lies another mesh grille that blends in more with the background. It is flanked by air dams with daytime running lights. Above the upper grille, the hood features subtle sculpting along the sides and down the middle. The windshield sweeps back slightly to the flat roof, ending in the squared-off rear. The side panels feature no frills — just a subtle sculpted bar running down the lower half.

The 2015 Chevy Traverse has a more typical look for an SUV. Sloping lines around the front and rear fascia, the windshield and the rear end all create a more aerodynamic look. The Traverse features the common Chevy grille, which is flat across the top and features a bowed underside that stretches out toward the head lights. The head lights turn out and up at sharp angles, creating a distinctive accent to the grille.

The side panels feature sculpting along the middle, and the windows take on a geometric form near the rear.

The overall look of the Traverse is a bit more common and uninspired.

Interior Design

Inside the 2015 Dodge Durango, you’ll find black leather bucket seats, second-row captain’s seats, and a third row. The third row has a 50/50 split, and it can be folded flat into the floor, creating much more space for cargo.

The large infotainment screen is easy to read and navigate while driving, and chrome trim around the center console, air vents, instrument gauges, cup holders and more makes it easy to navigate where everything is while also creating stylish visual distinctions. Wood grain trim is featured on the dash, door panels and other parts of the interior.

The interior of the 2015 Chevy Traverse is not as stylish as that of the Durango. The two-tone interior comes as either a mix of grays or a mix of black and gray. The infotainment screen is much smaller, and the controls seem to blend right in with the dash. There are fewer distinctive details, making it less interesting.

Like the Durango, the Traverse comes with optional captain’s seating for the second row and a third row.

Under the Hood

Many people choose SUVs not just for their extra passenger and cargo room, but also for their power. Just like a pickup truck, you can haul heavy loads with an SUV and can easily cut through snow and other rough terrains.

The 2015 Dodge Durango comes with a powerful 3.6-liter V6 engine that puts out 290 horsepower and 260 pounds per feet of torque. If you add the optional dual-exhaust system, you can add another 5 ponies.

An optional 5.7-liter V8 engine is available that puts out 360 horsepower and 390 pounds per feet of torque. Both engines come with an eight-speed automatic transmission, and rear-wheel drive is standard. All-wheel drive is optional for the V6, and an on-demand four-wheel drive system is available for the V8.

The 2015 Chevy Traverse comes standard with a 3.6-liter V6, as well, but it only puts out 281 horsepower (though it has 266 pounds per feet of torque). The only option for increasing output is the dual-exhaust system, which provides 288 horsepower and 270 pounds per feet of torque. The Traverse comes with a six-speed automatic transmission and the choice of front-wheel or all-wheel drive.

Convenience and Safety Features

Both the Durango and the Traverse are loaded with convenience and safety features that make driving fun and safe.

The 2015 Dodge Durango comes with features like tri-zone climate control, a flat-folding front passenger seat, a reclining second row, power-folding headrests for the third row, voice controls for the infotainment system (which has a five-inch touch screen), an SD slot for media, and USB connections for charging.

Many more options are available, such as roof rails, heated front seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, rearview camera, auto-dimming rearview mirror, larger touch screen, power outlets, blind-spot monitor, and rear cross-path alert.

Safety features include trailer sway control, full-length side curtain airbags, emergency assistance, stolen vehicle tracking, and stability and traction control.

Standard features on the 2015 Chevy Traverse include keyless entry, Bluetooth connectivity, a six-speaker audio system, USB ports, auxiliary jack, and a 6.5-inch touchscreen display. Available features include power seats, tri-zone climate control, a power liftgate, heated front seats, radio app integration, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision warning, and lane-departure alert.

Safety features include a center airbag between the front seats, rear parking sensors, crash notification, roadside assistance, and traction control.

Pricing

The 2015 Dodge Durango starts at $30,495, while the 2015 Chevy Traverse starts at $30,995. Not only does the Dodge Durango cost a bit less, but it also offers many more features, more power, and a more substantial and stylish design.

You will have to test drive both vehicles to make a choice that’s best for you,
but from where we stand, the 2015 Dodge Durango is the obvious winner.