2011 Dodge Durango vs. Its Competition

2011 Dodge Durango
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The all-new Durango is a fully-competitive vehicle in the mid-size utility class, where the previous Durango didn't drive much better than a pickup; however the former truck-based Ford Explorer has also been redesigned for 2011 and now has a more road-savvy car-based layout—along with, later this year, a much more fuel-efficient turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

The Chevrolet Traverse is a step closer to a wagon or minivan; though the Traverse has hinged back doors, its passenger-friendly layout is built for long family trips.

On the truckier side, there's the Toyota 4Runner, which hasn't gone soft with its latest redesign—it's still a tough, off-road-ready truck, first and foremost.

Another alternative would be the Nissan Pathfinder, however the Pathfinder now feels dated and outclassed.

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Quick Specs
8.4
The 2011 Dodge Durango is the anti-crossover, especially with the HEMI and R/T trim, and if the world still sanctioned big SUVs for small families, the Durango would be elbowing its way to driveways everywhere.
8.0
The 2011 Chevrolet Traverse isn’t fun to drive, but it’s one of the best large crossover wagons for transporting the family comfortably and safely.
8.6
The 2011 Ford Explorer a formidable shot right at the heart of the crossover market--one that's sure to pull some of the remaining SUV loyalists off their very high horses.
6.4
The 2011 Nissan Pathfinder is a workhorse SUV that also offers decent comfort and an impressive feature set.
8.2
If off-road capability is a top requirement, the brawny 2011 Toyota 4Runner is a good choice—with surprisingly good road manners to boot.
MSRP From    
$29,195$29,370$28,360$28,570$30,305
Gas Mileage    
13 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6
EPA Class    
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle - 2WD2WD Sport UtilitySport Utility Vehicle
Style Name    
2WD 4-Door ExpressFWD 4-Door LSFWD 4-Door Base2WD 4-Door V6 SRWD 4-Door V6 SR5 (GS)
Drivetrain    
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
78775
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
4 Door4 Door4 DoorSport Utility4 Door SR5
Transmission    
AutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/OD