2017 Dodge Durango Red


2017 Ford Explorer Compare




293 hp


290 hp
260 lb-ft


255 lb-ft
7,400 lbs

Max. Towing Capacity

5,000 lbs

Load Leveling Rear Suspension

Not Included

Automatic Headlights

Not Included

Dodge Durango vs. Ford Explorer

Large families know that a three-row vehicle is essential to their day-to-day transportation. If it’s time to upgrade your SUV, two models to consider are the 2017 Dodge Durango and the 2017 Ford Explorer. They’ll both handle basic tasks like picking up the kids from school and short camping trips outside of Chaska, MN, but one model excels in standard features and high performance capability. Discover the winning SUV in this comparison from Waconia Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram.

Which SUV Will You Choose?

An SUV is only as good as its standard features, and the Durango pulls ahead in that category. The following systems can be found in the base trim Durango SXT:

  • Fog Lights
  • Heated Side Mirrors
  • Keyless Entry and Ignition
  • Three-Zone Climate Control
  • Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror

Those are features you might be used to seeing in luxury models, but they’re now more affordable than ever. Unfortunately, the Explorer lags behind in standard features, as none of those are included in the base trim. There’s also a big difference in what the Durango and Explorer can accomplish when it comes to towing. The Durango can be equipped with a full-blooded 5.7L V8 engine that puts out a massive 390 lb-ft of torque. That results in a towing capacity of 7,400 pounds, giving it more capability than some trucks. The Explorer’s available V6 is rated at 5,000 lbs and only supplies 360 lb-ft of torque. If you’re planning to use your next SUV to haul a trailer or small boat, you can count on the power of the Durango. In addition, a low-speed transfer case is included with the Durango’s available all-wheel drive system, and it lets you use the V8’s performance to take on steep grades.

2017 durango touchscreen

Discover the Winner in Waconia

With more power and more standard features, the new Durango bests the Explorer inside and out. That’s why the SUV experts at Waconia DCJR stock a wide range of new Durango models. Need more seating? Consider opting for a minivan! You’ll be impressed by the spaciousness of the Chrysler Pacifica interior. To get behind the wheel of this premium three-row SUV, schedule a test drive today. We’re happy to answer any questions you have about the Durango, so bring your whole family down to Waconia DCJR at 905 Strong Dr. in Waconia, MN today.

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