2019 Dodge Durango

2019 Dodge Durango

2019 Ford Explorer

2019 Ford Explorer

2019 Dodge Durango vs. 2019 Ford Explorer

Many Blackfoot shoppers find themselves comparing the 2019 Dodge Durango vs. Ford Explorer when they’re shopping for the perfect new SUV, just like Grand Cherokee vs. Explorer. If you number among them, there are some noteworthy differences between these two competitors that you should be aware of – especially with the former’s R/T designation. If a lower starting price, superior horsepower, and a significantly higher towing capacity sound good to you, the new Dodge Durango may just be your vehicle of choice! Explore the differences between the Durango and the Explorer in-depth, below.

2019 Dodge Durango


2019 Ford Explorer

Starting MSRP

3.6L V6 24-Valve

Base Engine

3.5L Ti-VCT V6

Max Horsepower

8,700 pounds

Max Towing

5,000 pounds
84.5 cubic feet

Total Cargo Volume

80.7 cubic feet

Explorer or Durango: Affordability

For most Pocatello shoppers, staying on budget is the most important thing to consider when shopping for a new SUV. Here, the Dodge Durango is able to best the Ford Explorer with ease:

  • The Durango SXT is the entry-level model, and its MSRP is $29,995.
  • The Ford Explorer Base trim is significantly higher, coming in at $32,365 MSRP.

Both SUVs offer 7-person seating and standard comfort features like Bluetooth® connectivity, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, and a rearview camera, but the Durango offers it all for a friendlier price.

Explorer or Durango: Maximum Performance

The Dodge Durango and Ford Explorer offer comparable performance in their entry-level models, which might lead you to think that their specs align throughout their lineups. On the contrary, you can only obtain a V8 engine with the Durango, allowing you to conquer more difficult terrain in Rexburg. On top of that, the difference in their maximum towing capacity is significant. Take a look:

  • 2019 Dodge Durango SRT
    • Engine: 6.4L V8
    • Horsepower: 475 hp
    • Torque: 470 lb-ft
    • Maximum Towing Capacity: 8,700 lbs
  • 2019 Ford Explorer Sport
    • Engine: 3.5L V6
    • Horsepower: 365 hp
    • Torque: 350 lb-ft
    • Maximum Towing Capacity: 5,000 lbs

If you want to be able to tow your camper for a family camping weekend or haul some equipment to help a Jackson Hole friend with a remodel, the Dodge Durango is a clear choice. The standard drivetrain on a Durango is front-wheel drive, but you’ll always have the option to upgrade to all-wheel drive if you wish.

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2019 Dodge Durango SRT back seating

Explorer or Durango: Cargo Dimensions

Of course, when you’re shopping for a new family SUV, you’re going to want to know how much storage capacity is available. Here, the Durango and Explorer are close to the same, but the Durango still comes out on top:

  • 2019 Dodge Durango: 84.5 cubic feet
  • 2019 Ford Explorer: 80.7 cubic feet

Test Drive a Dodge Durango at Ron Sayer's Chrysler Jeep Dodge

Time to get behind the wheel! Contact us to set up your test drive in the Dodge Durango so you can experience its advanced performance and test out tech features like Uconnect® for yourself. Before you visit, browse our new vehicle specials to make sure that you’re not missing out on a great deal – and if you’re exploring other options for family-friendly vehicles, make sure you compare the 2019 Chrysler Pacifica vs. Honda Odyssey! Still exploring finance options? Learn more about buy here pay here financing!

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