Dodge Durango vs. Ford Explorer & GMC Acadia


Comparing the Dodge Durango to the Ford Explorer and GMC Acadia

The Dodge Durango, Ford Explorer and GMC Acadia are three of the most popular midsize SUVs on the market. But if it's brawn you want and need in an SUV, only the Dodge Durango offers a V8 engine and is up for the really heavy towing jobs. All three models range in cost, depending on the engine and trim level chosen, from roughly $30,000 up to $57,000 with all the trimmings.

How else do these models compare? Let's take a look.

Of course, we're a little biased at Troncalli.  The Dodge Durango is one of our favorite vehicles on the market.  But after reading our competitive comparison, I'm sure you can agree that all other SUVs on the road have met their match!

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  • 2018 Dodge Durango CITADEL RWD

    • MSRP:$51,025
    • Mopar Accessories :$298
    • Savings Up To* :$10,854
    • Internet Price:$40,469
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    Engine:
    5.7L V8 HEMI MDS VVT Engine,
    Transmission:
    8-Speed Automatic Transmission,
    Exterior Color:
    DB Black,
    Interior Color:
    Black,
    Stock #:
    D18911,
    Model Code:
    WDDP75
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    Engine: 5.7L V8 HEMI MDS VVT, Technology Group, Trailer Tow Group IV
  • 2018 Dodge Durango CITADEL RWD

    • MSRP:$51,025
    • Mopar Accessories :$298
    • Savings Up To* :$10,854
    • Internet Price:$40,469
    • Get My ePrice
    Engine:
    5.7L V8 HEMI MDS VVT Engine,
    Transmission:
    8-Speed Automatic Transmission,
    Exterior Color:
    Granite,
    Interior Color:
    Black,
    Stock #:
    D18970,
    Model Code:
    WDDP75
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    Engine: 5.7L V8 HEMI MDS VVT, Technology Group, Trailer Tow Group IV
  • 2019 Dodge Durango GT PLUS RWD

    • MSRP:$50,350
    • Mopar Accessories :$298
    • Savings Up To* :$6,067
    • Internet Price:$44,581
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    Engine:
    3.6L V6 24-Valve VVT Engine with ESS,
    Transmission:
    8-Speed Automatic 850RE Transmission,
    Exterior Color:
    Vice White,
    Interior Color:
    Light Frost Beige/Black,
    Stock #:
    D19363,
    Model Code:
    WDDH75
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    Quick Order Package 2BE GT Plus, Technology Group, Premium Group, Safety/Security & Convenience Group, (more packages)
  • 2019 Dodge Durango GT PLUS RWD

    • MSRP:$48,760
    • Mopar Accessories :$298
    • Savings Up To* :$5,893
    • Internet Price:$43,165
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    Engine:
    3.6L V6 24-Valve VVT Engine with ESS,
    Transmission:
    8-Speed Automatic 850RE Transmission,
    Exterior Color:
    Granite,
    Interior Color:
    Black,
    Stock #:
    D19380,
    Model Code:
    WDDH75
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    Quick Order Package 2BE GT Plus, Technology Group, Premium Group, Safety/Security & Convenience Group, (more packages)
  • 2019 Dodge Durango R/T RWD

    • MSRP:$50,110
    • Mopar Accessories :$298
    • Savings Up To* :$5,659
    • Internet Price:$44,749
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    Engine:
    5.7L V8 HEMI MDS VVT Engine,
    Transmission:
    8-Speed Automatic Transmission,
    Exterior Color:
    DB Black,
    Interior Color:
    Black,
    Stock #:
    D19305,
    Model Code:
    WDDS75
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    Blacktop Package, 2nd Row Fold/Tumble Captain Chairs, 19 harman/kardon Amplified Speakers w/Subwoofer, Leather Trimmed Bucket Seats

Compare the Dodge Durango to Popular SUV models:


GMC Acadia

  • Size and styling. The Acadia is all-new for 2017 and has dropped 700 pounds. Of the three, the car-based Acadia is the slightly smaller, more manageable midsize SUV/crossover. It also has more sophisticated, sleeker styling to go along with its weight reduction program.
  • Performance. The Acadia has two engine options, and both are paired with six-speed automatic. The base engine is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that makes 194 horsepower and 190 pound-feet of torque. The available 3.6-liter V6 engine makes 310 horsepower and 271 pound-feet of torque. It should be noted that the Acadia's max tow rating is a modest 4,000 pounds.

Ford Explorer

  • Styling. The Explorer has agreeable, mainstream good looks that appeal to a wide range of SUV-buyers. It looks as comfortable in supermarket parking lot as it does on a family road trip. 
  • Power. The Explorer has a range of engine options, from the 290-horsepower V6 to the fuel-efficient 280-horsepower turbo four-cylinder. The most powerful choice is a 365-horsepower turbocharged V6.  
  • Getting Synced. Ford's Sync 3 infotainment system has been getting good reviews as a much needed update to its predecessor technology. 

Dodge Durango

  • Styling. The Durango has the boldest, most muscular design, with a powerful-looking grille.
  • Power. The Durango comes standard with a 3.6-liter V6 engine and an eight-speed automatic which can haul up up to 6,400 pounds. But for big loads, you'll want the Hemi V8 engine that makes 360 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque and can tow up to 7,400 pounds.
  • New for 2017. The GT trim level replaces the Limited, a new Anodized Platinum appearance package is now available on Citadel models, and Dodge has brought back the popular Blacktop and Brass Monkey styling packages. The crisp 8.4-inch infotainment touch screen now doubles as an in-motion rear towing monitor. Also, the Durango SXT now comes standard with 5-passenger seating.