2019 Dodge Durango vs. 2018 Lincoln MKX

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Safety

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The Durango has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Lincoln MKX doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Durango and the Lincoln MKX 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, 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.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Dodge Durango is safer than the Lincoln MKX:

 

Durango

Lincoln MKX

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

25

71

Hip Force

220 lbs.

281 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

35 G’s

45 G’s

Hip Force

266 lbs.

647 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

14 inches

18 inches

HIC

129

297

Spine Acceleration

39 G’s

53 G’s

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty

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There are almost 3 times as many Dodge dealers as there are Lincoln dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Durango’s warranty.

Reliability

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To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Durango has a standard 850-amp battery. The Lincoln MKX only offers a 730-amp battery.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Durango’s reliability 17 points higher than the Lincoln MKX.

Engine

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The Durango’s optional 5.7 V8 produces 25 more horsepower (360 vs. 335) and 10 lbs.-ft. more torque (390 vs. 380) than the Lincoln MKX’s optional 2.7 turbo V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Durango gets better fuel mileage than the Lincoln MKX:

 

 

Durango

Lincoln MKX

 

2WD

3.6 V6 (295 HP)/Auto

19 city/26 hwy

17 city/25 hwy

3.7 V6/Auto

4WD

3.6 V6 (295 HP)/Auto

18 city/25 hwy

16 city/23 hwy

3.7 V6/Auto

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Durango V8’s fuel efficiency. The Lincoln MKX 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 Lincoln MKX 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 Lincoln MKX with the 2.7 turbo V6 engine requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 5 to 40 cents more per gallon.

The Durango has 6.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Lincoln MKX (24.6 vs. 18 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

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An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Dodge Durango, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Lincoln MKX.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Durango’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Lincoln MKX:

 

Durango V6

Durango V8

MKX

Front Rotors

13 inches

13.8 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

13 inches

11.6 inches

The Durango V8’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Lincoln MKX are solid, not vented.

The Durango stops much shorter than the Lincoln MKX:

 

Durango

Lincoln MKX

 

70 to 0 MPH

176 feet

186 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Durango has larger tires than the Lincoln MKX (265/60R18 vs. 245/60R18).

The Durango offers an optional full size spare tire so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare isn’t available on the Lincoln MKX, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which has mileage and speed limitations, or roadside assistance and a tow-truck.

Suspension and Handling

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The Durango offers an optional automatic rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Lincoln MKX doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

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

The Durango’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50% to 50%) than the Lincoln MKX’s (58.3% to 41.7%). This gives the Durango more stable handling and braking.

For greater off-road capability the Durango has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Lincoln MKX (8.1 vs. 7.8 inches), allowing the Durango to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Durango GT 4x4 is quieter than the Lincoln MKX Reserve AWD (38 vs. 41 dB).

Passenger Space

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The Durango offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the Lincoln MKX can only carry 5.

The Durango has 32 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Lincoln MKX (140.3 vs. 108.3).

The Durango has .6 inches more front hip room and .6 inches more rear headroom than the Lincoln MKX.

Cargo Capacity

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The Durango’s cargo area provides more volume than the Lincoln MKX.

 

Durango

MKX

Third Seat Folded

43.3 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

n/a

37.2 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

85.1 cubic feet

68.8 cubic feet

The Durango’s cargo area is larger than the Lincoln MKX’s in almost every dimension:

 

Durango

MKX

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

20”/50”/83”

n.a./42”/78”

Max Width

49”

n/a

Min Width

42.5”

45”

Height

36”

30”

Payload and Towing

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The Durango’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Lincoln MKX’s (6200 vs. 2000 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Lincoln MKX is only 3500 pounds. The Durango offers up to a 7400 lbs. towing capacity.

The Durango has a much higher standard payload capacity than the Lincoln MKX (1380 vs. 900 lbs.).

The Durango has a much higher maximum payload capacity than the Lincoln MKX (1460 vs. 900 lbs.).

Servicing Ease

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The engine in the Durango is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Lincoln MKX. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because there are no rear spark plugs and the accessory belts are in front.

Ergonomics

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The Durango’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Lincoln MKX does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Durango has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Lincoln MKX doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

When the Durango with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Lincoln MKX’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

Economic Advantages

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The Durango will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Durango will retain 46.89% to 52.97% of its original price after five years, while the Lincoln MKX only retains 39.62% to 41.89%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Durango is less expensive to operate than the Lincoln MKX because typical repairs cost much less on the Durango than the Lincoln MKX, including $184 less for a water pump, $160 less for a muffler, $59 less for a timing belt/chain and $303 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Dodge Durango will be $7175 to $9138 less than for the Lincoln MKX.

Recommendations

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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 Lincoln MKX isn’t in the top three in its category.

The Dodge Durango outsold the Lincoln MKX by over two to one during 2017.

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