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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|2011 Dodge DurangoBrowse Used Listings||2011 Chevrolet TraverseBrowse Used Listings||2011 Ford ExplorerBrowse Used Listings||2011 Nissan PathfinderBrowse Used Listings||2011 Toyota 4RunnerBrowse Used Listings|
|13 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V6|
|2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||Sport Utility Vehicle - 2WD||2WD Sport Utility||Sport Utility Vehicle|
|2WD 4-Door Express||FWD 4-Door LS||FWD 4-Door Base||2WD 4-Door V6 S||RWD 4-Door V6 SR5 (GS)|
|Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|4 Door||4 Door||4 Door||Sport Utility||4 Door SR5|
|Automatic||Automatic||Automatic w/OD||Automatic||Automatic w/OD|