2017 Ford Explorer vs Dodge Durango

Comparing Popular SUVs

In the mid-sized SUV market two of the most trusted names are Explorer and Durango. Both offer power, comfort and reliability. The 2017 Ford Explorer offers five models, seats seven and starts at an MSRP of $33,499 while the 2017 Dodge Durango seats seven and has a starting MSRP of $44,195.

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Both Efficient and Powerful

Durango offers Best-In-Class towing (up to 7200 lbs), is the most powerful SUV in its class and has a class-exclusive eight-speed transmission. Offering two capable engines, the Durango shines under the hood. A standard 3.6L Pentastar VVT V6 with AWD delivers can be as efficient as 9.6 L/100 km on the highway and creates 295 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. A 5.7L HEMI VVT V8 delivers 360 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque. Explorer comes with a standard 3.5L Ti-VCT (twin independent variable camshaft timing) which creates 290 horsepower and 255 lb-ft of torque to the wheels. An upgraded 3.5L EcoBoost uses turbocharging and direct injection together to create more power and be more efficient. This 3.7L offers of a best-in-class 365 horsepower, plus 350 lb.-ft. of torque (standard in the Ford Explorer Sport and Platinum).

Considering Safety and Technology

Both the Explorer and Durango have a high focus on technology and safety with the Explorer edging out the Durango because of the amazing host of parking assist systems. On the Explorer you get an available front 180 degree camera (with self washer). There is also a lane keep assist system which ensures you will not drift. Inside the available sync 390 integrating cell phone to entertainment system allowing for streaming, app use, hands-free and navigation. While parking you can use park assist which helps in every type of parking situation from parallel, to reverse, to pull out parking. On Durango there is a 7-inch full-colour, fully customizable in-cluster display. Drivers also benefit from the to the available Uconnect system with an 8.4-inch touchscreen. This system allows for hands free control of all multimedia functions by way of bluetooth connectivity. There are upwards of 60 safety and security features available on Durango with standard seven airbags, Blind-Spot Monitoring (with Rear Cross-Path Detection). Forward Collision Warning with Active Braking monitors the front of the SUV. Both SUVs are equipped with lane departure warning and lane keep assist.

The 2017 Dodge Durango is put up against the ford explorer to see what the main differences are

Expert Design

Explorer offers signature LED lighting and fog lights which are both sleek and stylish. On the exterior Explorer sees three new colours being introduced for 2017. It also offers numerous character models and packages like the Sport, Platinum and XLT Sport which have a style unto themselves with distinct and consistent model branding across the board. The interior has a host of choices from the heated 10-way power driver's seat with power lumbar standard (on XLT) to the heated and cooled front row seats standard (on Limited, Sport and Platinum). Explorer has an aggressive stance with distinct lines and a swooping front windshield, the Explorer has a look that begs for it to go off road. The Durango is highly stylized with rounded corners and a body which sits close to the ground (despite its height). At the rear it offers unique race-track rear lights, and it sits on 18-20" wheels. Inside premium nappa leather-faced seats (with heated and ventilated front seats) hug the occupants, and an 8.4-inch touchscreen displays all infotainment.

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