2021 Dodge Durango vs. Its Competition

2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat
Robert Duffer Robert Duffer Senior Editor

Dodge is going down with the V-8, and the Durango offers three V-8s.

Most automakers are forcing induction to extract greater power and efficiency, such as in the range of turbo-4 and V-6 engines in the Ford Explorer, which also comes as a hybrid.

The Mazda CX-9 takes it even lighter with a turbo-4, but it handles more like a long hatch than a roly-poly three row.

The Kia Telluride and Hyundai Palisade put style and features first, so even though they don’t have the performance chops of the Durango they’re must-test vehicles.

The smaller five-seat Grand Cherokee shares many attributes of the Durango, like good in-car tech and a design that has aged well.

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Quick Specs
If you came to Durango, you came for power. Three V-8 options might leave you in the past, but the past was fast.
The 2021 Ford Explorer is recognizable, but new. It should be on every family SUV shopper’s list.
The 2021 Hyundai Palisade builds a bridge to luxury with three rows of seats, big touchscreens, and quilted leather.
The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L performs on road and off, has lots of space, and competes with luxury brands in its top models.
The 2021 Kia Telluride earns our Best Car To Buy nod with its excellent features, warranty, space, and style.
The 2021 Mazda CX-9 crossover SUV rewards drivers with good road manners, but takes a penalty in third-row space.
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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