2014 Dodge Durango vs. Its Competition

2014 Dodge Durango
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The 2014 Dodge Durango manages to straddle a few different kinds of utility vehicles, successfully.

It's sized as a three-row crossover but endowed with medium-duty all-wheel drive and some pretty impressive towing ability, altogether adding up to something more rugged than the Ford Explorer, trumping it in towing capacity.

Meanwhile Dodge's own Grand Caravan, for those willing to own up to reality, probably makes a lot of sense (more sense) for busy families, unless you're truly carrying a large boat on the weekends.

The Toyota Sequioa carries more people and tows more weight, but it's less nimble and less nice than the Dodge, period.

The Chevy Traverse is suited to carrying people and pulling a light trailer--and the same goes for the brand-new Nissan Pathfinder, as it gives up on its truck roots entirely and goes carlike with its drivetrain and its flip-and-fold, seven-passenger seating.

Finally, there's a real minivan,

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Quick Specs
8.4
The 2014 Dodge Durango is a great family hauler, and a top-notch utility infielder when you need extra brawn—made better this year with some important upgrades.
8.0
The 2014 Chevrolet Traverse offers up all the practicality, space, and features that will make a big family happy--provided you prefer an understated style.
8.2
With the best flexibility and infotainment in the minivan world, the 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan also satisfies families with great safety scores and good gas mileage.
8.6
The 2014 Ford Explorer does build on its heritage, but on-road fluency and passenger comfort are clearly at center stage.
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With a new hybrid model, the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder has the Toyota Highlander and its hybrid model in its sights.
7.4
The 2014 Toyota Sequoia has room for eight and strong V-8 towing capacity, but it's pretty thirsty and difficult to maneuver to drive every day.
MSRP From     
$29,995$30,795$20,895$30,015$29,210$44,095
Gas Mileage     
14 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 17 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Regular Unleaded V-6Gas V6Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-8
EPA Class     
N/A2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD MinivansStandard Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDN/A
Style Name     
2WD 4-Door SXTFWD 4-Door LS4-Door Wagon SE 30th AnniversaryFWD 4-Door Base2WD 4-Door SRWD 5.7L SR5 (GS)
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
787778
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sport UtilitySport UtilityPassenger VanSport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAutomaticMulti-Speed Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/OD