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Dodge Durango vs. Ford Explorer

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Dodge Durango

2016 Dodge Durango
$569
Annual Repair Cost
on average

Ford Explorer

2015 Ford Explorer
$722
Annual Repair Cost
on average

Overall Reliability Rating

Above Average

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.

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.

Reliability Rating Breakdown

Cost
Average annual repairs total
$569
inexpensive
very expensive
$722
inexpensive
very expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.4
not often
way too often
0.5
not often
way too often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
11%
minor issues
major issues
12%
minor issues
major issues

Overall Car Ratings & Details

(43 Reviews)
(146 Reviews)
Rating Details
5 star
(6)
4 star
(24)
3 star
(9)
2 star
(1)
1 star
(3)

The Dodge Durango ranks highest in body and ranks lowest in suspension.

Read more detailed reviews here.

“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...”

Rating Details
5 star
(9)
4 star
(69)
3 star
(44)
2 star
(15)
1 star
(5)

The Ford Explorer ranks highest in exhaust and ranks lowest in drive train.

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“I would buy one again.”

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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