2021 Dodge Durango

2021 Dodge Durango Review: Middle-Aged Muscle

The existence of the Dodge Durango leads us to believe that this particular division of Stellantis doesn't have a team of engineers dedicated to research and development. Heck, its entire range is one big middle finger to the upcoming EV revolution, although we've now been promised an e-muscle car in the future. But that's still years away, and for now, the Durango is one of the oldest cars still on sale. Competing against other three-row midsize SUVs like the Kia Telluride and Honda Pilot, Dodge has refused to roll with the times, using an ancient platform that still has rear-wheel drive roots, although AWD is also available. Maybe that's not a bad thing, though, as it's a strong USP for the aging crossover that also helps with practical aspects like towing, where the Durango excels. But the biggest selling point is that while others downsize their engines, you can still buy a lowly Durango with a 360-horsepower 5.7-liter Hemi V8 under the hood, or opt for the brand's familiar 3.6-liter V6. We've previously referred to this as the muscle car of midsize SUVs, but that trope's been around for years now, and it's getting tired. Maybe, then, the Durango is the middle-aged bodybuilder of SUVs - still strong, but behind the times.

2021 Dodge Durango Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2020 Dodge Durango?

For 2021, the new Dodge Durango has an updated aggressive exterior styling, including new headlights and an all-new grille design. The updated interior is now angled towards the driver, while a 10.1-inch touchscreen is now available. The upgraded Uconnect 5 infotainment system is said to be five times faster than the system used before.

The R/T AWD model can be equipped with a Tow N Go Package, which increases the towing capacity, top speed, and enhances the exhaust noise. It's an affordable way to get a brash Durango without opting for the serious high-performance versions: we review the Dodge Durango SRT and SRT Hellcat separately.

Among the many other changes are new spoilers for every trim, new wheel designs, some new interior materials and colors, and a repackaged Citadel luxury trim.

Pros and Cons

  • Sleek, muscular design
  • Loads of options
  • Impressive towing specs
  • Good acceleration
  • Comfortable ride
  • Improved interior quality
  • V6 engine feels old
  • Third row optional on base models
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Handling is average
  • Interior lacks the refinement of newer rivals

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2021 Dodge Durango Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
SXT
3.6L V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$33,877
SXT Plus
3.6L V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$33,877
GT
3.6L V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$37,577
GT Plus
3.6L V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$37,577
R/T
5.7L V8 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$47,227

Durango SUV Exterior

The Durango's glitzy front end is gone, replaced with a more handsome two-tier design. The upper and lower air intakes are separated by a large chunk of the body, and the famous Dodge cross has been ditched in favor of a small, almost unnoticeable badge on the upper grille. Depending on the model, the grille finish is different; for instance, the luxury-focused Citadel has a Platinum Chrome grille with a Granite Crystal inner. All models now come as standard with LED lights and an SRT-inspired rear spoiler, while the R/T gets a performance hood with an intake vent indicative of the V8 beneath it. While the base model has 18-inch alloy wheels, the rest of the lineup gets new 20-inch wheels in various designs. Only the Citadel gets a power sunroof as standard but this is optional on every other trim.

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Dimensions

The 2021 Dodge Durango is 200.8 inches long and rides on a 119.8-inch wheelbase. All have an overall width of 85.5 inches including the mirrors, but the body without them is 75.8 inches wide. Rear-wheel-drive models stand 72.1 inches tall, while all-wheel-drive models measure in at 72.9 inches. These ample dimensions make it a true family-friendly vehicle.

The lightest of the bunch is the 3.6-liter SXT with RWD, weighing in at an already hefty 4,689 pounds. The heaviest model in the standard range (excluding SRT and Hellcat versions) is the 5.7-liter Citadel AWD, weighing in at 5,370 lbs. Dodge claims a ground clearance of 8.1 inches, applicable to 3.6L models with 18-inch wheels, while if you'd like to attempt any off-roading in the AWD variants, approach, breakover, and departure angles are 20, 18.1 and 21.5 degrees respectively.

  • Length 200.8 in
  • Wheelbase 119.8 in
  • Height 70.1 in
  • Max Width 75.8 in
  • Front Width 63.9 in
  • Rear Width 64.1 in

Exterior Colors

The Durango SUV is blessed with a large color palette. SXT models have access to eight no-cost options and the $595 Vice White. The zero-cost palette includes White Knuckle, DB Black, Granite, Destroyer Gray, Billet, Reactor Blue, Violet, and Octane Red. GT and R/T models add Redline 2 and F8 Green as no-cost options, although the latter trim loses access to Violet. Given its holy name, the Citadel has a less ostentatious palette, losing access to the more extreme hues like Redline 2 and F8 Green.

Dodge knows its customers well enough to know that sometimes a loud exterior hue just isn't enough. That's why you can add stripes and decals to the GT Plus and R/T models. The stripes retail for $1,195 on the R/T, which comes as standard with a performance hood. On the GT Plus model, you have to add this $1,495 hood to slap some stripes on there.

  • Vice White
  • Billet Clearcoat
  • Redline 2 Coat Pearl
  • F8 Green Clearcoat
  • DB Black Clearcoat
  • Granite Clearcoat
  • Reactor Blue Pearlcoat
  • White Knuckle Clearcoat
  • Destroyer Gray Clearcoat
  • Octane Red Pearlcoat
  • In-Violet Clearcoat

Durango Performance

Every model comes standard with rear-wheel drive and most get the 3.6-liter V6 by default. The R/T is the only exception, as it ships standard with a 5.7-liter V8 engine - an option on the Citadel. All-wheel drive is available across the entire range.

The 3.6-liter Pentastar is well-known by now. It has served multiple manufacturers well. Production of this engine started in 2010, and it has been available in various sizes and applications. The base SXT model delivers 293 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque, while the rest of the range gets 295 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. The slight difference in power output is due to the base SXT only having one exhaust, while the rest of the range boasts a dual exhaust system.

The R/T is equipped with an older 5.7-liter V8 dating back to 2002. In the R/T, it produces 360 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque. Both variants have been independently tested, and the V8 model can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 6.2 seconds. The V6 accomplishes the same sprint in 7.4 seconds. With the Tow N Go Package included, the V8 tops out at 145 mph. These figures hardly matter on these non-performance models, however.

The towing capacity is far more relevant, and in this department, these outdated engines continue to do rather well paired with the old-school FR platform. All V6 models can tow 6,200 lbs while a RWD V8 can manage 7,400 lbs. Add the optional Tow N Go package to the AWD R/T, and its tow rating increases to 8,700 lbs. That's enough to tow a Hellcat to the drag strip or a midsize inflatable pool filled with Bud Light, and more than any rival in this segment. For comparison's sake, the Ford Explorer can only manage 5,600 lbs, while the Traverse can tow 5,000 lbs.

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2021 Dodge Durango R/T Rim Dodge

Engine and Transmission

Two engines are made available in non SRT and Hellcat Durangos, a 3.6L V6 and a 5.7L Hemi V8, both without any form of forced induction. Both engines are mated to an identical eight-speed automatic transmission, although the V8 has a special Eco Mode - the equivalent of putting a band-aid on a 50-caliber gunshot wound. The V6 engine is standard on all trims except the R/T, while the Citadel has the option of either engine available. The V6 produces 293 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque in base form, but from the GT onwards, it gets a slight bump to 295 hp. The V8 is a good old-fashioned Hemi, developing a stout 360 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque.

Dodge's move away from the old six-speed automatic transmission a few years ago gave these two older engines a new lease on life. If you look at the engine specifications, it's easy to see why. The V6 only produces its 260 lb-ft maximum torque at 4,000 rpm, while the 390 lb-ft V8 requires 4,250 rpm. The maximum engine speed is limited to 6,400 rpm in the V6 and a paltry 5,800 rpm for the V8. The powerband on both engines is extremely narrow, which means you need more gears to get the best out of them. The eight-speed gearbox deserves the most valuable player award in this setup. It does an admirable job of balancing performance with fuel economy.

The V6 is a little past its sell-by date. It's a hard worker, but not particularly spectacular in any one department. The V8, meanwhile, is characterful, strong, and it sounds great. There's no better. It's not exactly ideal from a gas mileage perspective, but there's no greater pleasure for a gearhead than rocking up in the kids' carpool at school to the tune of a rumbling V8.

  • Engines
    3.6L V6 Gas, 5.7L V8 Gas
  • Transmission
    8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrains
    AWD, RWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

Dodge may claim the Durango is a Charger on stilts, but the handling doesn't reflect that.

On the plus side, the steering is direct and heavy. Given the weight, the amount of lean through the corners is also surprisingly minimal. That being said, it's not easy to make a 5,000-pound SUV handle like a performance car. It is possible, as BMW, Porsche, and Alfa Romeo have proved, but doing so requires all sorts of expensive kit like adjustable damping and traction management systems, air suspension, and torque vectoring which aren't viable on these run-of-the-mill models.

The Durango's handling is best described as soft and safe. You can push it hard, but it will eventually run wide. And while the brakes are powerful, they will ultimately fade following repeated abuse. The softer suspension setup is much better, considering the Durango will be used to transport families.

It doesn't have the best off-road-related figures, but it can do a little more than your average SUV. V6 models are equipped with a basic AWD system with a 50:50 torque split. The V8 with a tow package comes with a two-speed transfer case, including an option of locking the 50:50 split in place. A full-time active AWD system is optional.

Durango Gas Mileage

Looking at the EPA-estimated figures, the Durango struggles to match some of its rivals with their smaller-capacity engines. The RWD V6 is claimed to return gas mileage of 19/26/21 mpg city/highway/combined. Adding the AWD system has almost no impact, as the V6 is still capable of 18/25/21 mpg. The V8 is still a thirsty SUV, however. Both RWD and AWD models come with EPA estimates of 14/22/17 mpg. All models are equipped with a 24.6-gallon tank, with which the V6 can cover 517 miles between refills, while the V8 can only manage 418 miles.

To add a bit of context, we need to look at the Ford Explorer's consumption figures. The base 2.3-liter EcoBoost model has EPA-estimated figures of 21/28/24 mpg. That means it's more efficient, and it produces 300 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. The 400-hp V6 option consumes 18/24/20 mpg in AWD guise, proving once and for all that smaller turbocharged engines are not only more powerful but also more efficient, or that Dodge seriously needs engines that don't date back to the Stone Age.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    24.6 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 19/26 mpg
* 2021 Dodge Durango SXT Plus RWD

2021 Durango Interior

For years, the Durango was criticized for its poor quality interior. Dodge must have stumbled across these musings because out of all the upgrades made to the car for 2021, the interior is by far the most significant leap forward. There are still some terrible plastics in certain places, especially lower down in the range, but the overall appearance is much better. The infotainment display and climate control buttons are now angled towards the driver and, overall, Dodge's layout is more intuitive than before. The cheaper SXT and SXT Plus models are five-seaters, and you have to pay extra for a third row in which case the Durango becomes a seven-seater. It's standard fitment on the rest of the range, however.

2021 Dodge Durango R/T Control Panel Dodge
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Seating and Interior Space

The Durango is a vehicle that offers excellent interior space - at least for occupants in the first two rows. The front seats boast 39.9 inches of headroom and 40.3 inches of legroom. Second-row passengers get 39.8 inches of headroom and 38.6 inches of legroom. Space is limited in the third row, but the two small seats should suffice for short journeys. The headroom is perfectly fine at 37.8 inches, but the 33.5-inch legroom will be tough on taller passengers. For an additional $1,275 on certain models, you can transform the Durango into a 6-seater. The second-row bench is removed, and two captain's chairs are added. The chairs fold down and tumble, allowing for more cargo capacity. It also makes it easier for passengers to gain access to the third row. This more comfortable 6-seat configuration is standard on the Citadel.

  • Seating capacity
    7-seater
  • Front Leg Room 40.3 in
  • Front Head Room 39.9 in
  • Rear Leg Room 38.6 in
  • Rear Head Room 39.8 in

Interior Colors and Materials

As you progress through the lineup, the quality of the Durango's interior gradually increases. The SXT, SXT Plus, and GT models come with cloth bucket seats, available in Black or a combination of Black and Light Frost Beige. Upgrading to leather in the same color combinations will cost an additional $995 on the SXT Plus and GT.

GT Plus and R/T models come with black leather and suede upholstery, but the same leather options mentioned above are also available for the GT Plus. The R/T trim removes the Light Frost Beige option and adds Black/Radar Red and Black/Vitra Gray as additional full-leather options, also for $995. As you go higher up the range, you also start noticing some nifty detail changes, like soft-touch materials on the dash and subtle contrast stitching. The high-end Citadel comes standard with Nappa leather-trimmed bucket seats, available in Black on Black or a combination of Black and Ebony Red.

Durango Trunk and Cargo Space

Dodge only supplies claimed cargo capacity figures for seven-seat models. This is likely because the uptake of this option is extremely high. The boxy body certainly pays off when it comes to hauling stuff. With all three rows in place, it still has 17.2 cubic feet of cargo capacity. Fold the third row flat in a 50:50 split, and you get access to 43.3 cubes. With the second and third rows folded flat, the cargo capacity increases to 85.1 cubes.

Interior storage is excellent. Front passengers get dual cupholders, large door pockets, and a storage compartment underneath the center armrest. Opt for the second-row captain's chairs, and you get an additional central storage bin with cupholders. The third row also gets a set of cupholders. An overhead front console is standard and can be used to stash a pair of sunglasses.

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2021 Dodge Durango R/T Trunk Space Dodge
2021 Dodge Durango R/T Maximum Trunk Space Dodge

Durango Infotainment and Features

Features

The SXT's base price gets you five seats with manual adjustment, tri-zone climate control, keyless entry with push-button start, a rearview camera, a perforated leather-trimmed steering wheel, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The SXT Plus trim adds a third row of seats, eight-way power adjustment for the driver's seat, and rear parking sensors.

GT models come with a flat-bottom steering wheel, unique design features, and access to more interesting optional packages. The GT Plus trim adds leather and suede upholstery, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a power liftgate, and remote start.

The R/T comes with heated second-row seats and performance-tuned steering. The driver also gets a memory function for the seat. The Citadel spec gains heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row captain's chairs, and the full suite of driver assistance features including full-speed forward collision warning with active braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and lane-keep assist.

Infotainment

There are two infotainment systems. The older 8.4-inch Uconnect 4C system is standard from SXT to GT Plus specification. This older infotainment system is still pretty good, featuring Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, and SiriusXM, but it's only paired to a paltry six speakers. Dodge says the newest 10.1-inch Uconnect 5 system is five times faster than the previous version, and our recent interactions with it support this notion. It boasts the same features as the older model mentioned above but adds navigation, travel and traffic services, wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, HD Radio, Amazon Alexa compatibility, SiriusXM 360L, and a nine-speaker, 506-watt Alpine sound system. It's standard on the R/T and Citadel. Lower-spec models have four USB ports while upper trims add additional USB ports at the back. A 19-speaker Harman Kardon sound system is available higher up in the range with 825 watts.

Durango Problems and Reliability

According to existing owners, the Durango is a pleasing car to own. It scored 83 out of a possible 100 points in the J.D. Power Ownership Survey, including a specific 86/100 score for quality and reliability. But it makes sense that the niggles would be resolved when the car has been on the market for a decade. Despite this, there have been a few recalls in the last few years. There's only one for the 2021 model at the time of writing, though, for a loose or absent side curtain airbag fastener.

The Durango is sold with a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. Roadside assistance also runs for five years or 60,000 miles.

Warranty

  • Basic:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    5 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles

New Dodge Durango Vehicle Safety Ratings

The NHTSA gave the Dodge Durango a rating of four out of five stars overall, with the lowest individual score being a three-star rating for the rollover test for AWD variants; RWD models have a four-star rollover rating. At the IIHS, the SUV received "good" reviews in most categories but scored a "marginal" rating in the small overlap front driver's side crash. Both the Chevrolet Traverse and Ford Explorer received better ratings. The Ford even received a Top Safety Pick + award from the IIHS.

US NHTSA crash test result

  • Side Crash Rating
  • Rollover Rating

Key Safety Features

Traditional safety features include a rearview camera, a full host of eight airbags (including a driver's knee airbag and a supplementary side airbag for the front passenger), hill-start assist, trailer sway control, ABS brakes, and traction and stability control. It lacks standard driver assistance features, though, which is a major letdown-especially compared to Ford and Toyota's generous standard driver assistance features. Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are optional on all models except the Citadel. The latter also comes standard with full-speed forward collision warning with active braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and lane-keep assist. Rear parking sensors are equipped to the GT model and above while the R/T and Citadel also have front parking sensors.

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2021 Dodge Durango a good SUV?

The Durango is a stylish, comfortable, powerful, and affordable seven-seater crossover. It's one of a few left with a V8 option, with most competitors sticking with six-cylinder power or opting for small-capacity turbocharged engines. There are a few things that count in its favor. It's large, it has loads of space, the interior is better than before, and you can have it with racing stripes. It's also the undisputed towing king, making full use of a RWD platform and brawny engines. Other than that, the competition has it pretty much licked. The engines are old, it lacks basic driver assistance features, and the performance from the V8 is mediocre, even if it is characterful. It lacks true stand-out virtues unless you count the above-average towing capacities. In short, the Durango has been around for far too long, and this recent facelift is not enough to save it. It requires a complete rethink from the ground up to be considered competitive again.

🚘What's the Price of the 2021 Dodge Durango?

The Durango range starts with the SXT, which has an MSRP of $32,570. An SXT Plus retails for $35,470 although the third-row seating is included as standard, meaning the real sticker price is actually $36,565. The GT is just slightly more at $36,670. The GT Plus is the first model to breach the $40,000 barrier, retailing for $40,670. A V8 R/T has an MSRP of $45,920, while the Citadel retails for $48,420. Adding AWD costs $2,600 on all models. If you want the V8 engine on the Citadel, it will add $3,995 to the price of the Dodge Durango. These prices exclude the $1,495 destination charge in the US.

2021 Dodge Durango Models

There are six Durango models to choose from in the USA, excluding the SRT and SRT Hellcat, which we review separately. They are the SXT, SXT Plus, GT, GT Plus, R/T, and Citadel. The R/T is the only model equipped with the 5.7-liter V8 as standard, but it's also an option on the Citadel. Every other model is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine. RWD is standard across the model range, but AWD configurations of all trims can be specced. All models transfer power to the road via an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The entry-level SXT trim comes standard with five seats, cloth trim, tri-zone climate control, a rearview camera, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The SXT Plus trim adds third-row seating, rear parking sensors, and power adjustment for the driver's seat.

GT models boast 20-inch alloy wheels, more optional packages, and a sporty flat-bottom steering wheel. The GT Plus trim is the first appropriately luxurious model, as it has leather and suede upholstery, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a power liftgate, and remote start.

The R/T is the performance model in the standard range. It has a V8 engine as standard, a sportier suspension, and performance-tuned steering.

How much is a more luxurious Durango really worth? The Citadel attempts to answer that question. It ships standard with the V6, but the V8 is available. It comes with Nappa leather seats that are heated and ventilated in the front. Second-row heated captain's chairs are standard fitment, as are more safety features. These include full-speed forward collision warning with active braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and lane-keep assist.

The R/T and Citadel are equipped with the new 10.1-inch infotainment system, mated to a nine-speaker Alpine sound system. Other trims feature the older 8.4-inch Uconnect system, coupled to a six-speaker sound system.

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Additional Packages

The SXT only has access to the basic packages, including the $1,095 Third-Row Package and the $1,195 Trailer-Tow Package. SXT Plus models can be equipped with the stylish $1,595 Blacktop Package (lots of gloss black exterior accents), the $995 Anodized Platinum Package (lots of shiny exterior accents), and the $1,695 Popular Equipment Package. The latter includes heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and a power liftgate.

GT models can also be equipped with the Blacktop Package (a cheaper $1,295 at this level), while the GT Plus gains access to a wide variety of packages to ramp up the luxury. The $2,495 Technology Group adds all of the driver assistance features, while the $1,995 Rear DVD Entertainment Package does exactly what it says on the box but requires an upgrade to the larger Uconnect 5 interface up front. The Premium Group I retails for $2,495 and adds the 10.1-inch infotainment system, a high-end sound system, and a power sunroof. Premium Group II retails for $1,395 and adds auto high beams, a cargo cover, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering column, rain-sensing wipers, and a wireless charging pad. These Premium Packages can't be added separately, however.

R/T models can be ordered with the Technology Group for $2,395, but you also need to add blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic detection for an additional $495. On the R/T AWD, the Tow N Go Package costs $4,995. This raises the top speed to 145 mph and also adds adaptive dampers, black Brembo brakes, a class IV receiver hitch, a trailer brake controller, and more, unlocking the maximum towing capacity available.

Citadel spec comes with its own Premium Entertainment Group, retailing for $2,995. It adds a 19-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, Blu-Ray compatible dual-screen video, and a rear-seat video system.

🚗What Dodge Durango Model Should I Buy?

The first model with a decent luxury specification is the GT Plus, which retails for $40,670. It has three rows and a nice collection of features. We'd stretch the budget a little bit and go for the R/T model, though. If you're going to have a Charger on stilts, you might as well have it with a V8 engine. It also has nicer interior upholstery and an updated 10.1-inch infotainment system with a nine-speaker sound system. Since this is a family car, we'd add the Technology Package. The total comes to $48,810, excluding the destination charge.

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2021 Dodge Durango Comparisons

Chevrolet Traverse Chevrolet
Ford Explorer Ford
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Dodge Durango293 hp19/26 mpg$33,877
Chevrolet Traverse 310 hp18/27 mpg$29,800
Ford Explorer 300 hp21/28 mpg$32,925

2021 Dodge Durango vs Chevrolet Traverse

Compared to the Durango, the Chevrolet Traverse looks dull. It has lights at the front and lights at the rear and a generic SUV body in the middle. The Durango is also better at towing, as the Traverse can only manage 5,000 lbs in the correct setup. From there, the scale tips in the Traverse's favor. It also has a naturally-aspirated 3.6-liter V6 engine, but it produces 310 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque. The latter is available from 2,800 rpm, giving it a nice linear powerband. Its nine-speed gearbox is tuned for fuel efficiency and not sprint times, but it's easy to live with and easy on the pocket, too. There are still some cheap surfaces inside the Traverse, but it also boasts an eight-inch infotainment system with all the latest connectivity features.

The Traverse has two unique selling points. It easily beats the Durango when it comes to packing space, but the best thing about it is the price. The LT Leather model comes with a list of standard features that, by comparison, makes the Durango's interior look like a deep, dark void. Driver assistance systems are also standard. This particular model has an MSRP of $39,400, easily undercutting the equivalent Durango model. The Traverse also has a larger model selection, starting at just over $30,000. Unless you're buying for towing capacity or the sound of a V8, the Traverse makes more sense.

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2021 Dodge Durango vs Ford Explorer

This battle is a bit one-sided. There's a very good reason the Explorer is America's best-selling midsize SUV ever. The Explorer has a much nicer interior and comes as standard with more comfort and convenience items. Crucially, the Explorer range comes standard with forward collision warning with automatic braking, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic assist, and lane departure warning with lane-keep assist. As these are essentially family vehicles, you can't ignore the Ford's Top Safety Pick + rating from the IIHS. Ford's engine options are a generation ahead as well. The Dodge's V6 competes with the 300-hp 2.3-liter EcoBoost, while the R/T goes up against the 400 hp/415 lb-ft Explorer ST. Unlike the R/T, it has the show to match the go. You can tell the Explorer is a product of the modern world, while the Durango feels a generation behind. We'd spend our money on the Ford.

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