2019 Ford Explorer vs Dodge Durango
Modern family hauling gets a rugged makeover in the 2019 Ford Explorer and Dodge Durango. These three-row crossovers provide both modern creature comforts and sporty towing capabilities. But which will give you the best daily drive? Our comparison guide has the facts.
Modern Creature Comforts: 2019 Ford Explorer
With three spacious rows of seating, up to seven passengers can pile into the Explorer with elbow room to spare. Things get especially comfy when you add the sliding and reclining second-row captain's chairs, though this layout reduces seating to six. We're also big fans of the cabin's fit and finish, with its smart dash layout and high-quality materials.
Throughout the Durango cabin, you'll find supportive seating. The crossover also scores big with its surprisingly spacious third-row seating, a rarity in this segment. However, because it's part of a generation that was introduced for the 2011 model year, the Dodge Durango can seem a little dated. The Explorer cabin feels more modern, with higher-quality materials and an updated dash.
Cutting-Edge Infotainment Technology: 2019 Ford Explorer
Here, too, the Explorer leads the way. Ford's Sync 3 infotainment system is a user favorite, with its smart touchscreen menus and intuitive voice controls. Use the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities to access smartphone apps directly from the aforementioned touchscreen. Or press a button on the steering wheel and ask Siri to read your texts aloud.
The Durango follows close behind with the Uconnect infotainment system. It too, keeps you connected with the same Apple CarPlay and Android Auto features. However, the Sync 3 infotainment has the edge with its quick response time.
Premium Peace of Mind: 2019 Ford Explorer
In government crash tests, the Explorer earned a perfect five-star rating for overall protection. Add all-wheel drive to this crossover for a safer trip down a wet and winding highway. Ford's high-tech driver aids - including forward collision warning and lane-keeping assist - actively help you avoid peril.
Like the Explorer, the Durango offers all-wheel drive and a similar safety lineup. The automatic braking feature is especially nice to have. It's designed to sense an oncoming crash and mitigate damages. However, unlike the Explorer, the Durango isn't rated in most government crash tests, though it did earn four stars for rollover protection.
Max Towing: 2019 Dodge Durango
If there's one thing you can say for the Durango, it's that it features exceptional towing capabilities. In this segment, nothing can beat it. Properly equipped, this seven-passenger crossover tows max loads of 7,400 pounds. By comparison, the 2019 Ford Explorer tows up to 5,000 pounds. Both crossovers, however, will pull a sizable boat or a small family camper. If your boat is bigger than most, though, you may need the Durango.
In the end, the Explorer is our first choice. This three-row crossover is comfortable, high-tech, and powerful - the total package. We think you'll agree that it's the right crossover for your adventurous crew.