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SUVs are the craze right now in 2021, with people dropping their sedans for SUVs. As such, the 2021 Dodge Durango and the 2021 Ford Explorer are two excellent alternatives, especially if you are looking for three rows of seating or extra cargo space. Both are starting at around $54,000 MSRP, so let’s see how they compare.
When talking powertrains, the 2021 Dodge Durango shines due to a large variety of options. It comes with four engines, the base one being a 3.6L V6 with 295 hp and 260 lb*ft of torque. A more prestigious option is a 5.7L HEMI V8 with 360 hp and 390 lb*ft of torque. On top of these two, there are two-sport variants for you to choose from. A 6.4 HEMI V8 with 475 hp and 470 lb*ft of torque or a supercharged 6.2L HEMI V8 with 710 hp and 875 lb*ft of torque. These options are linked to an 8-speed automatic (a different one, depending on the engine—either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.
On the other hand, the Ford Explorer has fewer options. The base model comes with a turbocharged 2.3L I4 with 300 hp and 310 lb*ft of torque. The other options are either a turbocharged 3.0L V6 with 365/400 hp and 380/415 lb*ft of torque (depends on trim) or a hybrid powertrain, which uses a 3.3L V6 with a combined 318 hp and 322 lb*ft of torque. These are coupled to a 10-speed automatic, regardless of trim, in either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Also, note that the turbocharged engines’ power figures are tested while running on premium gasoline, as regular gasoline will lower the numbers a little.
On the interior and exterior, the customization options are plentiful. There are plenty of features available, such as safety features such as blind-spot sensors, parking sensors, lane departure, cameras, and more. The standard infotainment is capable of using Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, with the option of getting a larger one and more features regarding it. All of these, along with many other features.
Owners are thrilled with it, praising the available power, the storage capacity, and comfort—all the traits needed for a pleasant road trip.
Suppose you are looking for an SUV, either due to the needed room, making trips often, or looking for a fun and comfortable SUV. In that case, the Dodge Durango is the choice for you due to the variety of powertrain that the Ford Explorer lacks while delivering in the other aspects. Come in and test drive the all-new 2021 Dodge Durango at York CDJR of Plainfield, IN, where “We’re not #1, you are!”
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