2018 Dodge Durango vs Ford Explorer Richmond VA

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Rear-wheel drive

Front-wheel drive

Engine power

293 horsepower

290 horsepower


8-speed shiftable automatic

6-speed shiftable automatic

2018 Dodge Durango vs 2018 Ford Explorer near Glen Allen, VA

When looking for a vehicle with both style and space, then you'll be looking at vehicles that call the three-row crossover SUV segment home. However, with so many options to choose from, it can be difficult to figure out which vehicle is best suited to fit your life. For that reason, we've chosen two vehicle options that stand out from the rest in their segment. These options include the 2018 Dodge Durango and the 2018 Ford Explorer. In order to turn so many heads, these vehicles do change a few things for the 2018 model year. The Dodge Durango has debuted a completely new model, the Dodge Durango SRT. This model comes with a V8 engine that can produce up to 475 horsepower. Dodge has also added Android Auto, a 7-inch touchscreen, a rearview camera, and Apple CarPlay as standard features. Furthermore, a few select trims have an added sporty hood design that helps engine cooling and maximizes airflow. The Ford Explorer only adds a few features to the 2018 models. These features include front and rear styling tweaks, and an integrated 4G LTE hotspot. The 2018 Durango starts off strong, but continue reading down below to see which option prevails!

2018 Dodge Durango Power & Handling

There are three powerful engines that can be found underneath the hood of the 2018 Durango. The first engine is the always reliable 3.6-liter V6, which, depending on whether you choose single or dual exhaust, can get you up to 295 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. You can also choose between rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. Another engine is the 5.7-liter V8, which produces 390 pound-feet of torque and 360 horsepower. The final option is the 6.4-liter V8, generating up to 470 pound-feet of torque and 475 horsepower. Both of these final engines come with RWD or AWD. All of these engines work with an eight-speed automatic transmission. You can also tow up to 7,400 pounds with the 5.7-liter engine!

2018 Ford Explorer Power & Handling

There are three engine options that come with the Ford Explorer. The base engine is a 3.5-liter V6, which generates 255 pound-feet of torque and 290 horsepower. The second engine is the turbocharged 2.3-liter inline-4, which produces 310 lb-ft of torque and 280 horsepower. The highest engine option is the twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6, creating 350 lb-ft of torque and 365 horsepower. Front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive are available, and they'll be powered by the standard six-speed automatic transmission.

2018 Dodge Durango Features & Design

Five trim levels come as options with the Dodge Durango. The base trim comes with three-zone climate control, dual USB ports, a rearview camera, heated mirrors, a 50/50-split folding third-row seat, Bluetooth, a six-speaker sound system, a load-leveling rear suspension, keyless ignition and entry, and cloth upholstery. The Durango GT adds power-adjustable front seats, a power liftgate, satellite radio, rear parking sensors, a heated steering wheel, 20-inch wheels, driver-position memory settings, a 115-volt power outlet, and heated front and second-row seats. The Durango Citadel comes standard with HD radio, front parking sensors, a sunroof, ventilated front seats, additional leather trim, a power-adjustable passenger seat, a navigation system, automatic wipers, ventilated front seats, automatic high beams, and a subwoofer that comes with a nine-speaker audio system.

2018 Ford Explorer Features & Design

There are five trim options that come with the Ford Explorer. The base option does not include very many standard features, and only includes a rearview camera, 18-inch wheels, Sync voice commands, cloth upholstery, and front seats that can be adjusted manually. The Explorer Limited comes standard with power-folding third-row seats, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, premium audio, power-adjustable pedals, and leather upholstery. The highest option, called the Platinum, includes premium leather upholstery, a panoramic sunroof, a premium audio system, and an automated parking system. There is a lacking of features on each of these models, and compared to the amount of options offered with the Durango, each trim feels barren.


Although both of these vehicles are impressive and have their own strengths, it is hard to argue against the 2018 Dodge Durango. The Durango simply has it all. It has multiple powerful engine options, five trim levels filled with many advanced features, and an exterior that holds nothing back. The Explorer cannot keep up, and while we understand the strengths it possesses, we would never want to bet against the Dodge Durango. For more information about the Durango, you can give us a call, use the form below, or even check out our 2018 Dodge Durango review!

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