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2015 Ford Explorer vs 2015 Dodge Durango

The Ford Explorer has dominated the SUV segment for 25 years. At its peak, Ford was selling an unbelievable half million Explorers in the united states each year year. That means at one point Ford was selling one Explorer every minute for the entire year. That level of production is staggering. Ultimately the popularity of full-size SUVs spawned a variety of other SUV categories and in turn changed the market to include several SUV sizes and crossovers. The Ford Explorer still outsells the competition, including and especially the Dodge Durango.

The Dodge Durango came onto the scene about eight years after the Explorer. It was, and continues to be a competitor of the ever-popular Ford Explorer. Sales of the Durango peaked early, and have been experiencing a steady decline over much of the last decade. Thanks in large part to a massive marketing campaign, the Durango has seen a small resurgence over the last three years. When it comes to the 2015 Ford Explorer vs 2015 Dodge Durango, both vehicles offer all of the benefits of the classic SUV with updated performance and modernized features. Choosing between the two will come down to the nitty gritty details, and your family's specific needs.



2015 Explorer vs 2015 Durango: Power and Space

 

The Ford Explorer's high-performance 3.5-Liter EcoBoost V6 was put up against the most equally matched Dodge Durango option, the 3.6-Liter V6 VVT engine. With very similar fuel economy ratings, the Explorer's resulting performance and power stands well above that of the Durango. The Explorer manages to produce 75 more horsepower than the Durango, with similar engines. The Durango does offer a massive 5.7-Liter V8 HEMI which might appeal to some customers who are not concerned about fuel economy and prefer more power.

The Ford Explorer has more cargo space behind the third row of seats. Four cubic feet of space may seem marginal, until you are packing for a family road trip. With all the seats laid down, these two SUVs are equally matched in terms of overall available cargo space. The third row of the Durango has the same head room as the Explorer, however the Durango sacrifices a few inches of leg room in the rear row. It's a tighter fit for adults in the Durango, and really only sufficient for smaller children. Additionally, there is more head room and leg room in the Explorer's second row of seats, and significantly more space up front in the Explorer. If a roomier ride is required, the Ford Explorer is the better choice.

 

2015 Ford Explorer vs 2015 Dodge Durango

 

In appearance, the Durango looks somewhat like a muscular minivan, whereas the Explorer maintains a more signature SUV look and feel. In terms of off-roading capabilities, both SUVs are pretty equally matched. In regards to safety, as of this writing the 2015 Dodge Durango has not yet been evaluated. The 2015 Ford Explorer has once again received top safety ratings, beating several other SUVs in the class. Judge for yourself. Come test drive the new 2015 Ford Explorer here at Toliver Ford.

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