2019 Dodge Durango vs. 2019 Ford Expedition

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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 Expedition doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

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 Expedition uses a body-on-frame design, which has no frame members above the floor of the vehicle.

Both the Durango and the Expedition have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, 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 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Dodge Durango is safer than the Ford Expedition:

 

Durango

Expedition

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

24%

35%

Neck Stress

85 lbs.

155 lbs.

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

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 Ford Expedition:

 

Durango

Expedition

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

150 lbs.

180 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

25

61

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

129

134

Spine Acceleration

39 G’s

47 G’s

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

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

 

MPG

Durango

 

RWD

3.6 DOHC V6

19 city/26 hwy

 

 

5.7 Hemi V8

14 city/22 hwy

 

AWD

3.6 DOHC V6

18 city/25 hwy

 

 

5.7 Hemi V8

14 city/22 hwy

Expedition

 

RWD

3.5 turbo V6

17 city/24 hwy

 

AWD

3.5 turbo V6

17 city/22 hwy

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

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 Expedition requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 5 to 40 cents more per gallon.

The Durango has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Expedition (24.6 vs. 23.3 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

The Durango stops shorter than the Expedition:

 

Durango

Expedition

 

60 to 0 MPH

120 feet

129 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

The Durango SXT/GT’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Expedition’s standard 65 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

The Durango R/T 4x4 handles at .80 G’s, while the Expedition XLT 4x4 pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Chassis

The Dodge Durango may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 750 pounds less than the Ford Expedition.

The Durango is 8.8 inches shorter than the Expedition, making the Durango easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Unibody construction lowers the Durango’s center of gravity significantly without reducing ground clearance. This contributes to better on the road handling and better off-road performance and stability. In addition, unibody construction makes the chassis stiffer, improving handling and reducing squeaks and rattles. The Expedition uses body-on-frame design instead.

Towing

The Durango’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Expedition’s (6200 vs. 5900 pounds).

Ergonomics

The Durango’s front power windows open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Expedition’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

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 Expedition doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The Durango has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the Expedition.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Durango is less expensive to operate than the Expedition because it costs $180 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the Durango than the Expedition, including $108 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 $14823 to $16980 less than for the Ford Expedition.

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 Expedition was rated third in its category.

The Dodge Durango outsold the Ford Expedition/Expedition Max by 21% during 2018.

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