2018 Dodge Durango vs. 2018 Lexus LX 570

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For better protection of the passenger compartment, the Durango uses safety cell construction with a three-dimensional high-strength frame that surrounds the passenger compartment. It provides extra impact protection and a sturdy mounting location for door hardware and side impact beams. The LX 570 uses a body-on-frame design, which has no frame members above the floor of the vehicle.

Both the Durango and the LX 570 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front and rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

There are almost 10 times as many Dodge dealers as there are Lexus dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Durango’s warranty.

Engine

As tested in Motor Trend the Dodge Durango V8 is faster than the Lexus LX 570:

 

Durango

LX 570

Zero to 60 MPH

6.6 sec

7.3 sec

Quarter Mile

15 sec

15.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93.2 MPH

89.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Durango 4x4 V8 gets better fuel mileage than the LX 570 (14 city/22 hwy vs. 13 city/18 hwy).

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Durango V8’s fuel efficiency. The LX 570 doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Durango V6’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The LX 570 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Dodge Durango uses regular unleaded gasoline (mid-grade octane recommended with the 5.7 V8 engine for maximum performance). The LX 570 requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 5 to 40 cents more per gallon.

Suspension and Handling

For superior ride and handling, the Dodge Durango has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Lexus LX 570 has a solid rear axle, with a non-independent rear suspension.

The Durango has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The LX 570’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Durango’s wheelbase is 7.6 inches longer than on the LX 570 (119.8 inches vs. 112.2 inches).

The Durango GT 4x4 handles at .76 G’s, while the LX 570 pulls only .73 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Durango’s turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the LX 570’s (37.1 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

Chassis

The Dodge Durango may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 600 to 1300 pounds less than the Lexus LX 570.

Unibody construction makes the Durango’s chassis much stiffer, which contributes to better handling, and enables softer springs to be used for a better ride. Unibody construction’s stiffness also contributes to better durability and less body squeaks and rattles. The LX 570 doesn’t use unibody construction, but a body-on-frame design.

Passenger Space

The Durango has 1.6 inches more front headroom, .9 inches more rear headroom, 4.2 inches more rear legroom, 2 inches more third row headroom and 3.2 inches more third row legroom than the LX 570.

The rear step up height for the Durango is 3.4 inches lower than the LX 570 (20.6” vs. 24”).

Cargo Capacity

The Durango’s cargo area provides more volume than the LX 570.

 

Durango

LX 570

Behind Third Seat

17.2 cubic feet

9.1 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

47.7 cubic feet

24.8 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

84.5 cubic feet

45 cubic feet

The Durango’s cargo area is larger than the LX 570’s in almost every dimension:

 

Durango

LX 570

Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)

20”/50”/83”

15.6”/46”/66.8”

Max Width

49”

56”

Min Width

42.5”

40”

Height

36”

43”

The Durango’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The LX 570’s tailgate’s top part raises up, but the bottom part lowers, getting in the way of loading and making an uneven surface for sliding cargo.

Payload and Towing

Maximum trailer towing in the Lexus LX 570 is limited to 7000 pounds. The Durango offers up to a 7400 lbs. towing capacity.

The Durango has a higher standard payload capacity than the LX 570 (1380 vs. 1280 lbs.).

The Durango has a higher maximum payload capacity than the LX 570 (1460 vs. 1280 lbs.).

Ergonomics

The power windows standard on both the Durango and the LX 570 have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Durango is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The LX 570 prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Durango’s power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The LX 570’s power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

Model Availability

The Durango is available in both rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The LX 570 doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Durango owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Durango will cost $3495 to $4245 less than the LX 570 over a five-year period.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Dodge Durango will be $31284 to $42215 less than for the Lexus LX 570.

Recommendations

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Durango second among midsize suvs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The LX 570 isn’t in the top three in its category.

The Durango is ranked first in its class and received the 2015 “Total Quality Award.” The LX 570 is not ranked.

The Dodge Durango outsold the Lexus LX 570 by over 13 to one during the 2016 model year.

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