2016 Dodge Durango vs. Its Competition

2016 Dodge Durango
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The 2016 Dodge Durango is different than most other large utility vehicles on the market.

It successfully straddles several kinds of utility vehicles, rather than committing to be a carlike crossover or a utility-minded SUV.

It's more rugged than the Ford Explorer, as the Dodge's strong, tow-friendly V-8 has an easier time of it.

The Chevy Traverse is suited to carrying people and pulling a light trailer—and the same goes for the Nissan Pathfinder, which has now also given up its truck roots and gone the way of a carlike ride and flip-and-fold, seven-passenger seating.

The Toyota Sequioa is a more trucklike offering; it carries more people and tows more weight, but it's less nimble and feels far less lavish than the Dodge.

Meanwhile Dodge's own Grand Caravan, for those willing to own up to reality, probably makes a lot of sense (or at least more sense) for most busy families.

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Quick Specs
8.4
The 2016 Dodge Durango hits a sweet spot between crossovers and SUVs—if you're willing to overlook the thirst, that is.
7.8
The 2016 Chevy Traverse is a smooth and comfortable alternative to the minivan or full-size SUV.
7.8
The 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan is an exceptional value among minivans, but some crash-test scores are cause for concern.
8.4
The 2016 Ford Explorer doesn't need to rely on hardcore off-road tools--not with its firm road manners, plush interiors, and choice of turbocharged power.
8.0
The 2016 Nissan Pathfinder lacks sporty or off-road intentions, instead offering space for seven in a composed, quiet environment.
7.6
The 2016 Toyota Sequoia is a big, thirsty SUV that's best for towing; it's outclassed for carrying passengers within its own family.
MSRP From     
$30,495$28,700$23,595$31,050$29,830$45,325
Gas Mileage     
14 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 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 LS w/1SM4-Door Wagon American Value PkgFWD 4-Door Base2WD 4-Door SRWD 5.7L SR5 (SE)
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
Detailed Spec Comparison
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