2018 Dodge Durango vs 2018 Ford Explorer Comparison

Specs at a Glance

2018 Dodge Durango

2018 Dodge Durango

Engine Torque

  260 ft-lbs.

Horsepower

  293 hp


2018 Ford Explorer

2018 Ford Explorer

Engine Torque

  255 ft-lbs.

Horsepower

  290 hp

2018 Dodge Durango vs 2018 Ford Explorer

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Full-size SUVs provide the maximum interior space and ruggedness you can get with the SUV body style. Two of them are the Dodge Durango and the Ford Explorer, which have been around since the 1990s. For 2018, the Durango—now close to the end of its third generation of production—has a new trim: the SRT®, which displaces the R/T as the top-level trim. Also, a rearview camera and Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ (for smartphone-based control) are now standard. The Durango is not the only full-size SUV with a significant amount of changes for the 2018 model year. The Explorer, which is now in the latter half of its fifth production cycle, is the recipient of a second facelift, which includes new interior and exterior colors and wheel designs, as well as a refreshed front fascia with revised LED headlights and fog lights. With both vehicles infused with a lot of updates, it can be difficult picking one over the other. However, here’s why you should choose the 2018 Dodge Durango instead of the 2018 Ford Explorer:

Engine Output

On the 2018 Dodge Durango or 2018 Ford Explorer, you can go with one of two drivetrains available: a two-wheel drive and a four-wheel drive. The two-wheel drivetrain is ideal for those who want to maximize the SUV’s fuel efficiency. And this is where the vehicles differ. On the Durango, the two-wheel drive is a rear-wheel-drive system, which means that power is sent from the engine to the rear wheels. Since the engine is placed in the front, the weight of the vehicle is more evenly distributed from front to back. As a result, the SUV has a better balance on the road, handling ability is boosted, and fuel economy is improved. It’s much better than the front-wheel drivetrain choice on the Explorer, which is bound to consume more energy and present lessened handling ability because most of the weight would be concentrated in the front.

Drivetrain Choices

On the 2018 Dodge Durango or 2018 Ford Explorer, you can go with one of two drivetrains available: a two-wheel drive and a four-wheel drive. The two-wheel drivetrain is ideal for those who want to maximize the SUV’s fuel efficiency. And this is where the vehicles differ. On the Durango, the two-wheel drive is a rear-wheel-drive system, which means that power is sent from the engine to the rear wheels. Since the engine is placed in the front, the weight of the vehicle is more evenly distributed from front to back. As a result, the SUV has a better balance on the road, handling ability is boosted, and fuel economy is improved. It’s much better than the front-wheel drivetrain choice on the Explorer, which is bound to consume more energy and present lessened handling ability because most of the weight would be concentrated in the front.

Maximum Cargo Capacity

As larger vehicles, the 2018 Dodge Durango and the 2018 Ford Explorer provide ample cargo volume—which starts from the liftgate—to accommodate luggage. On the Durango, you can fold down the second- and third-row seats to expand the cargo space to a peak of 84.5 cubic feet. You can also fold down the second and third rows on the Explorer. However, at a maximum capacity of 81.7 cubic feet, it falls 2.8 cubic feet short of the Durango’s peak cargo volume.

To test-drive the 2018 Dodge Durango, rather than the 2018 Ford Explorer, definitely pay us a visit at our dealership in Merrillville, Indiana. With sterling aggregated reviews on Google, DealerRater.com, and Cars.com, and with a history that stretches back to the late ‘20s, we are the ideal dealership in the area to get your next vehicle from. Call us today to schedule an appointment with one of our sales specialists.


* Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.