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Dodge Durango vs. Ford Explorer

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Dodge Durango

$569
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Ford Explorer

$722
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Overall Reliability Rating

4
Group 4
Group 4
Excellent
The Dodge Durango Reliability Rating is 4.0 out of 5.0, which ranks it 2nd out of 14 for fullsize SUVs. The average annual repair cost is $569 which means it has average ownership costs. The frequency and severity of repairs are both fairly average when compared with all other vehicles.
3
1
2
Group 4
Group 4
Above Average
The Ford Explorer Reliability Rating is 3.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 21st out of 26 for midsize SUVs. The average annual repair cost is $722 which means it has average ownership costs. The frequency and severity of repairs are both fairly average when compared with all other vehicles.
Cost
Average annual repairs total
$569
inexpensive
expensive
$722
inexpensive
expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.42
not often
very often
0.46
not often
very often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
11%
not urgent
urgent
12%
not urgent
urgent

Overall Car Ratings & Details

5
(6)
4
(24)
3
(9)
2
(1)
1
(3)
The Dodge Durango ranks highest in body and ranks lowest in suspension.
“Rust!!...I own a 2005 Dodge Durango Limited which I purchased while I was stationed at Fort Drum, NY and while I like the power of the 5.7 liter Hemi and the 3rd row seating the extreme problems wi...”
“Rust!!...I own a 2005 Dodge Durango Limited which I purchased while I was stationed at Fort Drum,...”
5
(9)
4
(70)
3
(44)
2
(15)
1
(5)
The Ford Explorer ranks highest in exhaust and ranks lowest in drive train.
67% of reviewers would recommend this car.
“I have so much to say about this SUV. Once again, Ford outdid themselves. I too had the Eddie Bauer edition and it was so reliable, it was a workhorse. When it first came out, big SUVs weren't aro...”
“I have so much to say about this SUV. Once again, Ford outdid themselves. I too had the Eddie Bau...”

Vehicle Comparison Rundown

The Dodge Durango and the Ford Explorer are both midsize, three-row SUVs. The Durango comes with rear-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive, while the Explorer comes with front-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive.

In the power department, the Dodge Durango and the Ford Explorer have similar standard engines. The Durango’s standard engine has 293 horsepower, and the Explorer has a standard engine with 290 horsepower. For those who want a power upgrade, the Durango’s top engine option is the 475-horsepower HEMI in the SRT performance version. This handily beats the Explorer’s 365-horsepower engine option.

In terms of interior space, the Durango also outdoes the Explorer. The Durango’s 84.5 cubic feet of space with the second and third rows folded is superior to the Explorer’s 80.7 cubic feet. 

These factors, plus the Durango's better reliability and lower annual repair cost, make it clear that the Dodge Durango is typically the better choice over the Ford Explorer.

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