There’s a Serious Rivalry Between the 2020 Ford Explorer and the 2019 Dodge Durango

There’s a Serious Rivalry Between the 2020 Ford Explorer and the 2019 Dodge Durango

One of the most popular SUVs in the USA is the Ford Explorer. Despite its fame and preference, the previous model was getting dated. To correct this situation, Ford has revealed a 2020 facelift. Essentially the sixth generation of the SUV, we are all hoping that it will be launched at the 2019 North American International Auto Show.

This will be a major warning to rival SUVs such as the 2019 Dodge Durango. This is one of the biggest models from Dodge. The current iteration of the Durango is a solid SUV. However, it is facing stiff competition from the new Explorer. Can it stand its ground? Here is a comparison of the models.

Exterior design

While it is actually an 8 year old model, the 2019 Dodge Durango still looks fresh even by modern standards. Despite a design language evolution at Dodge, the Durango has stayed relevant. Elements such as its headlamps and grille have stood the test of time and maintained their attractiveness.

Features such as the hood scoop make the Durango look sporty and powerful. It is also a 3 row SUV. Hence, it is longer than the 2020 ford explorer. However, it measures 75.8 inches across. This makes the Durango less wide than the Explorer which measures 78.9 inches. However, the Durango is taller. It is 71.9 inches tall while the Explorer is 70.2 inches tall.

From its first impression, the Explorer is a brand new, fresh vehicle. Its headlamps have LED technology. Its grille has the trendy hexagonal shape while its bumper is aggressive and sporty. In comparison, the Durango has a rather plain front fascia. While the split grille is an interesting feature, it is not enough to counter the design going on in the Explorer’s nose.

The same trends are maintained throughout the SUVs side profiles. The Durango is plain except for a chrome bar along the lower sections of the doors. However, the new Ford has highly sculpted doors as well as high strength PCV plating along the lower section under the doors. It also has a two pairs of dual tailpipes at the rear. The Durango gives this a good shot but ends up with a tailpipe at each end of the rear. From an exterior perspective, the Explorer is head and shoulders above the Durango.

2020 Ford Explorer and the 2019 Dodge Durango
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Interior design

Durango fans will be disappointed to learn that the larger exterior dimensions do not translate to more cabin space inside this SUV. The 2020 ford explorer has more head room and shoulder room than the 2019 Dodge Durango. This puts the Explorer a little more ahead than the Durango.

For SUVs, cargo space is a major factor that customers consider. This factor is especially crucial for 3-row SUVs. The 2019 Dodge Durango and 2020 ford explorer are both 3-row SUVs. With all the second and third row rear seats folded, the Dodge Durango provides 85.1 cubic feet of cargo space. However, the new Ford has 87.8 cubic feet of cargo space. When it comes to storage space, the Explorer beats the Durango.

From a technology point of view, the Durango may save some face. The base trim of this SUV has a 7 inch touch screen panel. Its audio system features 6 speakers, Bluetooth connectivity and 2 USB ports. The Durango also packs an Uconnect infotainment setup. It provides audio and video connectivity through both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Seeing as the Explorer is fresh and new, it is expected to have high tech features in the cabin. It does not disappoint. The base trim of this SUV has an 8 inch touchscreen display at the top of the center stack. Moreover, it has a 12.3 inch display behind the wheel. It functions as a digital gauge cluster. Capable of 3D graphics, this cluster can change its appearance based on the drive mode that you select.

The Explorer’s main infotainment system is compatible with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. It is also compatible with Waze navigation as well as Amazon Alexa. Audio can be delivered through a Bang & Olufsen 980 watt system with 14 speakers. Wi-Fi connectivity comes as standard in this SUV too.

Judging from the features and facilities provided in the cabin, the Explorer is more advanced than the Durango.

Engine and specs

The 2019 Dodge Durango comes with a collection of different engines. The SXT and GT trims of this SUV are powered by a 3.6 liter V6 engine. It churns out 295 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque.

The Citadel is this SUV’s mid-range trim. It is available with a 3.6 liter V6 or a 5.7 liter HEMI V8. The latter produces 360 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque.

The top tier trim is the Durango SRT. This one is powered by a 6.4 liter V8 engine that churns out 475 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque.

These engines are mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission.

2020 Ford Explorer and the 2019 Dodge Durango
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In a similar fashion, the 2020 ford explorer also comes with 3 engine options. The base trim, XLT and Limited trims of this SUV come equipped with a 2.3 liter Ecoboost engine. Featuring 4 cylinders, this engine produces 300 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque.

For drivers seeking more power, the new Explorer is also available with a 3.0 liter Ecoboost V6 engine. This powerplant produces 365 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque.

The 2020 Ford Explorer ST is the top trim for this SUV. It comers with this 3.0 liter V6 tuned to produce 400 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque.

Based on engine performance and trims, the Durango edges out the new Explorer. The Durango SRT is more powerful than the Explorer ST.

Release date, price and availability

The 2019 Dodge Durango is available at a cost of $30,000 for its base trim. The Durango SRT is priced at $60,000. The base 2020 ford explorer is priced at $32,765. This cost rises up the trim options and can escalate if you pick the luxury options.

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