The Durango drives like some of the most popular crossovers, but trumps them with towing capacity and falls behind them in fuel economy.
The Ford Explorer is a study in contrasts: Ford recast it with car-based running gear, giving it a great ride and quick steering, and in turbo four-cylinder form, nearly 30 mpg on the highway.
The Chevy Traverse is another seven-seat crossover that leans even more toward the family-wagon side of the equation, with smooth performance and a big third-row seat.
For something a little more brutish, we'd suggest the Toyota 4Runner or Nissan Pathfinder, which have mid-size truck DNA and generally, bouncier rides and lesser performance than the Durango.
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|2012 Dodge DurangoBrowse Used Listings||2012 Chevrolet TraverseBrowse Used Listings||2012 Ford ExplorerBrowse Used Listings||2012 Nissan PathfinderBrowse Used Listings||2012 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/Ethanol 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|
|2WD 4-Door SXT||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|
|Sport Utility Vehicle||4 Door||Sport Utility Vehicle||Sport Utility||Sport Utility Vehicle|
|Automatic||Automatic||Automatic w/manual shift||Automatic||Automatic w/Manual Shift|
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|2012 Dodge Durango vs. 2012 Chevrolet Traverse||2012 Dodge Durango vs. 2012 Ford Explorer||2012 Dodge Durango vs. 2012 Nissan Pathfinder||2012 Dodge Durango vs. 2012 Toyota 4Runner|