Dodge Durango Is the Better Choice Over the Ford Explorer (And It’s Not Even Close)

September 25th, 2020 by
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When we first learned Dodge would make a Hellcat out of the Durango, we were surprised and delighted. Recently, a close-up look took place at MotorTrend with two of the most popular three-row SUVs. MotorTrend, a company that aims to inform customers what to expect out of new trends in the automotive industry, received a sneak preview for both vehicles. Dodge has now added the ultra-powerful turbocharged 6.2-Liter V8 engine made famous in its Dodge muscle cars and added it to the Durango. The first-ever Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat will be made and produced for only one year. The greatest competitor for this popular three-row SUV is the Ford Explorer ST, another SUV that offers some similarities. The differences between them, however, are quite obvious as MotorTrend discovered and we’re happy to report.

Overview of the MotorTrend Study

After doing the research, we can inform our readers of these vehicles on the findings of MotorTrend and our own intel. For starters, the outlook appears that the new 2021 Dodge Durango edges its competition. When compared to the Ford Explorer ST, the 2021 Dodge Durango is not only faster, extends greater horsepower and torque, better braking ability, and greater amenities. The infotainment system setups are similar, but there is more offered for customers on the lower-level trims than what Ford provides for customers. Buyers would have to spend more money to get anywhere near the same perks that Dodge has supplied to its lower trims. Let’s go through the major differences between these three-row SUVs, as we have found out a clear cut winner between the two.

Faster and Stronger Is Just the Start For the Durango

Every trim, but especially the top-tier Durango trim offers more bang for the buck in terms of speed and acceleration. The 2021 Dunrago has a lightning quick speed of 0 to 60 MPG with its 3.5-second mark. The top-end speed is 180 mph, whereas the Ford Explorer ST needs 5.6 seconds to reach 60 mph. Drivers can opt for the V6 engine of the Durango and still be quicker than the Explorer ST by 3 seconds in a quarter-mile race. When it comes to stopping power, the 60-to-0 mph brake time is only 110 feet for the Dodge SUV besting the 114 feet needed for the 2021 Ford Explorer ST. The new Dodge Durango offers the available Brembo monoblock calipers that help stop the vehicle promptly when a driver needs to. 

Spend Less, Get Far More With the Durango

The 2021 Ford Explorer ST has a high-end trim that demands a cost as much as $65,000, while the 2021 Dodge Durango starts at $31,765 MSRP (Plus destination fee). The high-end 2021 Durango SRT Hellcat costs $82,490 MSRP (Plus destination fee). The powertrain choice between both vehicles pits the Durango SRT Hellcat with its superior supercharged 6.2-Liter HEMI® Hellcat V8 engine against the 3.0-Liter EcoBoost V6 engine. Ford does not offer a V8 engine for its Explorer, which reveals everything an owner looking for power and torque would need to know. The Dodge SUV hits a remarkable 710 horsepower and 645 lb-ft. of torque. The 2021 Ford Explorer ST engine offers just 400 horsepower with 415 lb-ft of torque; not quite as impressive. 

What’s On the Inside Is What Matters Most

Customers looking for a sleek and high-end interior will feel comfortable in both the Durango or the Explorer. We have to give some credit to the Ford product, but the differences are noticeable. The 2021 Durango was upgraded inside and carries a new appearance inside. The gorgeous leather and high-grade elements in the Durango are first-class compared to the rival Ford SUV. The interior afforded to the Durango is borrowed from its muscle car counterpart, the new Dodge Charger Widebody. While both vehicles offer an available 10.1-inch touchscreen, the Durango is available on the GT, GT Plus, R/T, and Citadel trims. The Ford Explorer is exclusive for just the two highest trims they sell. Customers can enjoy more for less with the Dodge brand.

Dodge also offers greater interior cabin spacing. The new Dodge Durango has a cabin that accommodates as many as 30 suitcases of space according to those at MotorTrend who examined the spacing between the vehicles. The Explorer held five fewer suitcases at 25 suitcases inside the vehicle. When it comes to spacing, power, speed as well as pricing, the 2021 Dodge Durango simply offers more. The debut of the new Durango is ready to launch next month in October 2020. For those who want to sample the Durango and find out all about its powerful and refinement, come for a test-drive today at Kendall Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram

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