2017 SUV Comparison: Dodge Durango and Ford Explorer

March 30th, 2017 by

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SUVs and crossovers have begun to dominate the auto market. That’s a bit of a surprise, but with these steel giants becoming more and more convenient, consumers have all but stopped buying sedans. There are so many popular SUVs today, sometimes consumers are confused about what to buy. That’s why blogs like ours do vehicle comparisons every now and then to get down to the nitty gritty. Which SUV comes out on top when the comparison is between the 2017 Dodge Durango and the 2017 Ford Explorer?

2017 Dodge Durango

The Durango is a combination of seating capacity, passenger comfort, power, and convenience. Truly a versatile vehicle, it can hum to life with the award-winning V6 Pentastar engine with VVT and ESS under the hood, or produce more power with a 5.7-liter V8 HEMI engine with VVT and MDS. For those not in the know, there’s a few interesting acronyms here.

VVT stands for “variable valve timing” technology, a system designed to optimize how the engine’s cylinders intake/exhaust fuel/air for better performance. ESS stands for “electronic start-stop” systems that shut off the engine when idling to conserve fuel. An MDS, or “multi-displacement system” shuts off half the cylinders in V6 and V8 engines when driving at a steady speed. Together, this gives Durangos with the Pentastar engine a fuel economy of 19/26 mpg city/highway, and those with the 5.7-liter 22 mpg on the highway. MSRP starting at $29,995.

2017 Ford Explorer

Ford boasts a lot more about its trucks than its SUVs, but we think this will be one interesting comparison to see. Sleek styling, seven-passenger seating, and a Land Rover-esque interior, what’s not to like? Some would go as far to say this is an upscale SUV, but we’ll leave the readers to judge that.

There are three engines available, but depending on the trim there may only be one option available. Starting off with the standard engine is a 3.5-liter Ti-VCT V6 engine; if going green, a 2.3-liter EcoBoost I4 engine is another option. On the later trims is a 3.5-liter EcoBoost.

Exterior and Interior

With the engine specs out of the way, let’s get to the good stuff with a side-by-side comparison of the two SUVs.

Feature Durango Explorer
Roof Rails Standard or optional on some trims Standard
Automatic Headlamps Yes Yes
Windshield Acoustic Acoustic and Solar-tinted
Exterior Mirrors Standard heated; memory and turn signals on select trims Memory and PowerFold on some trims
Wheels 18-inch or 20-inch, various styles 18-inch or 20-inch, various styles
Tires All-season All-season
Seating Capacity 7-8 7-8
Seating trim Cloth or Leather Cloth or Leather
Heated Seating Yes, standard on most trims for front and second row Yes, optional on most trims for front and second row
Leather-wrapped Steering wheel on some trims Shift knob standard
Heated Steering Wheel Available Available
Folding seats Passenger fold flat, and 2nd row 60/40 split standard 2nd 60/40 split available in some trims, 3rd row 50/50
Ventilated Seating Available No
Automatic A/c Standard Available
Cargo Storage Standard Standard
Keyless Entry Yes Yes
Sunroof Optional Optional

Wow that’s a lot going on for both vehicles. Depending on what you’re looking for may settle the score. Let’s see what’s going on with technology.


Feature Durango Explorer
Touchscreen Yes, 5.0 or 8.4-inch Yes, size not displayed
Sound System 6 or 9-speaker with subwoofer; Beats Premium Audio optional Up to 12-speaker Sony system
Bluetooth Audio Streaming Available No
Entertainment/Infotainment Uconnect SYNC3
GPS Navigation Available Available
Voice-command Yes Yes
Video Systems Yes No
Steering Wheel Audio Controls Yes No
Advanced airbag system Yes Yes
Traction and Stability Systems Yes Yes
Accident Response System Yes Yes
LATCH-ready seating Yes No
Back-up Camera Yes No
Parking Assist ParkSense rear park Front 180-degree camera
Security System Engine Immobilizer and alarm Perimeter Alarm and anti-theft
Advanced Systems Available Blind Spot and Cross Path Detection, Lane Departure Warning Plus Blind Spot Information System with Cross-traffic Alert

The 2017 Dodge Durango seems to be built with families in mind, with all kinds of entertainment and video systems available. The 2017 Ford Explorer is built more around driver’s convenience and creature comfort. Again, this comes down to what you’re looking for in a SUV.


All Dodge Durango trims are covered under Dodge’s standard warranties: a 3-year or 36,000-mile basic warranty; a 5-year or 60,000-mile powertrain warranty; roadside assistance for 5 years or 100,000 miles; and rust-through coverage for 5 years or 100,000 miles.

Ford vehicles are covered by a new vehicle limited warranty that has the following types of coverage: a 3-year or 36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, a 5-year or 60,000-mile powertrain warranty, a 5-year or 60,000-mile safety restraint system warranty, and a 5-year corrosion (perforation only) warranty.

Have you decided on a vehicle for everyone? You can find some Dodge Durango SUVs in our inventory.

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