Compare 2012 Ford Explorer vs 2012 Dodge Durango

2012 Ford Explorer
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FWD 4-Door Base
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door Base 18 25 $26,837 $28,280
4WD 4-Door Base 17 23 $28,677 $30,280
FWD 4-Door XLT 18 25 $30,027 $32,095
4WD 4-Door XLT 17 23 $31,847 $34,095
FWD 4-Door Limited 18 25 $35,268 $37,855
4WD 4-Door Limited 17 23 $37,088 $39,855
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2WD 4-Door SXT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD 4-Door SXT 16 23 $27,656 $28,995
2WD 4-Door Heat 16 23 $29,444 $30,960
AWD 4-Door SXT 16 22 $29,723 $31,195
AWD 4-Door Heat 16 22 $31,374 $33,010
2WD 4-Door Crew 16 23 $32,024 $33,795
2WD 4-Door R/T 14 20 $33,844 $35,795
AWD 4-Door Crew 16 22 $34,091 $35,995
AWD 4-Door R/T 13 20 $36,275 $38,395
2WD 4-Door Citadel 16 23 $38,576 $40,995
AWD 4-Door Citadel 16 22 $40,643 $43,195
Pricing
Invoice Price
$26,837
$27,656
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$28,280
$28,995
Monthly Payment Estimate
$471 / month
$483 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
8.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
It's a rifle shot at the heart of the crossover market: the 2012 Ford Explorer gives any SUV loyalist a reason to leap off their very high horse. Call it the anti-crossover: the Dodge Durango does SUV dirty work, but carries itself like a civilized family wagon.
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Fuel Economy
City
18 mpg 16 mpg
Highway
25 mpg 23 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Sport Utility Vehicle - 2WD 2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Third Head Room (in)
37.8 37.8
Front Hip Room (in)
57.3 57.0
Third Shoulder Room (in)
50.8 50.4
Second Leg Room (in)
39.8 38.6
Front Head Room (in)
41.4 39.9
Passenger Volume (ft³)
151.7 106.2
Second Hip Room (in)
56.7 56.0
Front Shoulder Room (in)
61.3 58.5
Third Leg Room (in)
33.2 31.5
Second Head Room (in)
40.5 39.8
Passenger Capacity
7 7
Third Hip Room (in)
40.7 42.8
Second Shoulder Room (in)
61.0 58.3
Front Leg Room (in)
40.6 40.3
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
7.6 8.1
Length, Overall (in)
197.1 199.8
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
70.4 70.9
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 32.2
Track Width, Rear (in)
67.0 64.1
Wheelbase (in)
112.6 119.8
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - 32.2
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
78.9 75.8
Track Width, Front (in)
67.0 63.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
21.0 17.2
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
43.8 47.7
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
80.7 84.5
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- TBD - 13.0 x 1.3
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- TBD - 13.0 x 0.6
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.6 24.6
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 3.7
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - N/A
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.8 19.0
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
39.2 37.1
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA TBK
Rear Tire Size
P245/65R17 P265/60R18
Rear Tire Order Code
- TBD - TP5
Front Tire Size
P245/65R17 P265/60R18
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
- TBD - TP5
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 6200
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
300 930
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 5000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4557 4756
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 18 x 8.0
Front Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 18 x 8.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 14.0
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
650 750
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
175 160
Engine
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic fuel injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
255 @ 4100 260 @ 4800
Engine Order Code
998 ERB
Displacement
3.5L/213 3.6L/220
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
290 @ 6500 290 @ 6400
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas/Ethanol V6
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
20 19
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
25 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 16
Transmission
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/manual shift Automatic
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.74 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.48 3.59
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.84 1.41
Trans Type
6 5
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
1.00 -
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.83
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.88 3.16
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.87 2.19
Trans Order Code
44J DGJ
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.16 3.09
Summary
Vehicle Name
Ford Explorer Dodge Durango
Body Style
Sport Utility Vehicle Sport Utility Vehicle
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson strut SLA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.86 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.26 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
9.1 9.8
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
4 3
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating

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