2019 Dodge Durango vs. 2019 Mercedes AMG GLE 43 Coupe

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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To help make backing safer, the Durango GT/Citadel/R/T’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The AMG GLE 43 Coupe doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Durango and the AMG GLE 43 Coupe 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 and front and rear parking sensors.


Dodge’s powertrain warranty covers the Durango 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Mercedes covers the AMG GLE 43 Coupe. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the AMG GLE 43 Coupe ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 6 times as many Dodge dealers as there are Mercedes dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Durango’s warranty.


The Durango’s optional 5.7 V8 produces 6 lbs.-ft. more torque (390 vs. 384) than the AMG GLE 43 Coupe’s 3.0 turbo V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Durango V8’s fuel efficiency. The AMG GLE 43 Coupe 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 AMG GLE 43 Coupe requires premium, which can cost 5 to 40 cents more per gallon.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Durango’s wheelbase is 5 inches longer than on the AMG GLE 43 Coupe (119.8 inches vs. 114.8 inches).

For greater off-road capability the Durango has a greater minimum ground clearance than the AMG GLE 43 Coupe (8.1 vs. 7.8 inches), allowing the Durango to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.


The Dodge Durango may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 300 pounds less than the Mercedes AMG GLE 43 Coupe.

Passenger Space

The Durango offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the AMG GLE 43 Coupe can only carry 5.

The Durango has .7 inches more front headroom, 2 inches more rear headroom and .2 inches more rear legroom than the AMG GLE 43 Coupe.

Cargo Capacity

The Durango’s cargo area provides more volume than the AMG GLE 43 Coupe.



Third Seat Folded

43.3 cubic feet


Third Seat Removed


23 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

85.1 cubic feet

60.7 cubic feet


Maximum trailer towing in the Mercedes AMG GLE 43 Coupe is limited to 7200 pounds. The Durango offers up to a 7400 lbs. towing capacity.


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 AMG GLE 43 Coupe does not have an oil pressure gauge.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Durango has a standard rear wiper. The AMG GLE 43 Coupe doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Durango has standard extendable sun visors. The AMG GLE 43 Coupe doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Model Availability

The Durango is available in both rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The AMG GLE 43 Coupe 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 $3475 to $4655 less than the AMG GLE 43 Coupe 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 $23267 to $38376 less than for the Mercedes AMG GLE 43 Coupe.

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