Ford Explorer vs. Dodge Durango

Have you been searching for a used Ford dealership near me? If so, we’re glad you landed here, at Hawk Auto, because we’ve got a huge selection of Fords, Dodges, and other makes that will surely have the car, truck, minivan or SUV that you’ve been looking for.

Two of our favorites, the Ford Explorer and the Dodge Durango are among the most popular vehicles we sell. You really can’t go wrong with either, but here’s a bit more detail on both these versatile trucks.


Dodge Durango

Dodge Durango

The Durango is a sporty vehicle with both speed and power. In other words, it’s both fun to drive and useful for the family or work.



Though the Durango comes with seating for up to 7, it doesn’t lose its edge. The exterior has a classic, rebellious look that is so common to other Dodge models. The newest, upscale models of the Durango come with LED fog lamps and an SRT-inspired hood.


As mentioned, the Durango has plenty of seats with three full rows of passenger seats that all fold down when space is needed. The infotainment system on the newer models is one of the most intuitively designed system you’ll find.


The Durango provides a surprisingly athletic driving experience for a vehicle of its class. Some models come with a V-8 engine which provides plenty of extra pep. However, with the newest base model, you’ll still have a 293-hp engine which is nothing to sneeze at. Plus, even with all that power, depending on the exact model, you’ll get between 19 and 26 mpg on the highway.

Ford Explorer

Ford Explorer

This classic, midsize SUV from Ford is a great option for families who want plenty of seating with solid power.



The Ford Explorer comes with 18-inch aluminum wheels in its base package while the XLT comes with 20-inch aluminum wheels with chrome mirror caps. Older models will vary in terms of wheel size and material. Overall, it’s a handsome looking vehicle with classic—albeit conservatve—design features.


The inside of a Ford Explorer is both comfortable and functional. For newer models, an 8-inch screen with touch capability comes standard and is compatible with Apple and Android devices. Plus, you’ll have several driver-assistance features such as blind-spot monitoring, automated emergency braking, and more.


The newer Explorer comes in 4WD or FWD and it can provide between 280 and 365hp. With older models you can expect around the same type of performance in terms of horsepower. However, the newest models tend to have the best fuel economy with between 22 and 27 mpg on the highway.

As far as function, such as hauling passengers and cargo, it’s tough to say the Durango is better than the Explorer or vice versa. You could argue for the Durango if you’re looking for maximum horsepower, but either is a great choice if you’re looking for a midsize SUV.

To make the final decision, search for a used Ford dealership near me and come down to Hawk Auto.

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