2019 Ford Expedition vs. 2019 Dodge Durango

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Expedition (except XLT) offers an optional 360-Degree Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Durango only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

The Expedition’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Durango doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Expedition and the Durango 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, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

The Expedition’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Durango runs out after 60,000 miles.

There are over 26 percent more Ford dealers than there are Dodge dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Expedition’s warranty.

Reliability

For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the Expedition have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the 5.7 V8 in the Durango.

The Expedition has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Durango doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Expedition first among large SUVs in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The Durango isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 17 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 19th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 16th in reliability. With 14 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 23rd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Ford 3 places higher in reliability than Dodge.

Engine

The Expedition has more powerful engines than the Durango:

 

Horsepower

Torque

Expedition 3.5 turbo V6

375 HP

470 lbs.-ft.

Expedition Platinum 3.5 turbo V6

400 HP

480 lbs.-ft.

Durango 3.6 DOHC V6

293 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

Durango Dual Exhaust 3.6 DOHC V6

295 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

Durango 5.7 V8

360 HP

390 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Expedition (base engine) is faster than the Dodge Durango:

 

Expedition

Durango V6

Durango V8

Zero to 60 MPH

6.2 sec

8 sec

6.6 sec

Quarter Mile

14.8 sec

16.1 sec

15 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91.7 MPH

86.9 MPH

93.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

Expedition

Durango

 

2WD

3.5 twin turbo V6/Auto

17 city/24 hwy

14 city/22 hwy

V8/Auto

4WD

3.5 twin turbo V6/Auto

17 city/22 hwy

14 city/22 hwy

V8/Auto

Regardless of its engine, the Expedition’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) Dodge only offers an automatic engine start/stop system on the Durango V6.

The Expedition has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Durango doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Ford Expedition higher (5 out of 10) than the Dodge Durango (3 to 5). This means the Expedition produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Durango every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

A 10-speed automatic is standard on the Ford Expedition, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the Durango.

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

Expedition

Durango

Front Rotors

13.8 inches

13 inches

Rear Rotors

13.2 inches

13 inches

The Expedition’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs standard on the Durango V6 are solid, not vented.

The Expedition stops much shorter than the Durango:

 

Expedition

Durango

 

60 to 0 MPH

129 feet

142 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Expedition has larger standard tires than the Durango (275/65R18 vs. 265/60R18). The Expedition’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Durango (285/45R22 vs. 265/60R18).

The Expedition’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Durango’s optional 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Expedition offers optional 22-inch wheels. The Durango’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

The Ford Expedition’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Dodge Durango only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

The Expedition has a standard full size spare so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare costs extra on the Durango Without the option you must depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling

The Expedition has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Expedition flat and controlled during cornering. The Durango’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The Expedition offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The Durango’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The Expedition’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Durango doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Expedition’s wheelbase is 2.7 inches longer than on the Durango (122.5 inches vs. 119.8 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Expedition is 3.7 inches wider in the front and 3.1 inches wider in the rear than on the Durango.

The Expedition XLT 4x4 handles at .76 G’s, while the Durango GT 4x4 pulls only .74 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Expedition XLT 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.2 seconds quicker than the Durango GT 4x4 (27.6 seconds @ .62 average G’s vs. 28.8 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Expedition has a 1.7 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Durango (9.8 vs. 8.1 inches), allowing the Expedition to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space

The Expedition has standard seating for 8 passengers; the Durango can only carry up to 7.

The Expedition has 31.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Durango (171.9 vs. 140.3).

The Expedition has 2.1 inches more front headroom, 3.6 inches more front legroom, 5.2 inches more front hip room, 6.4 inches more front shoulder room, .2 inches more rear headroom, 2.9 inches more rear legroom, 7.1 inches more rear hip room, 7.1 inches more rear shoulder room, 2.6 inches more third row legroom, 9 inches more third row hip room and 13.8 inches more third row shoulder room than the Durango.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Expedition’s middle and third row seats recline. The Durango’s third row seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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

 

Expedition

Durango

Behind Third Seat

19.3 cubic feet

17.2 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

57.5 cubic feet

43.3 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

104.6 cubic feet

85.1 cubic feet

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Expedition’s optional second and third row seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Durango doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

The Expedition’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the liftgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The Durango’s rear cargo window doesn’t open.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Expedition’s liftgate can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Durango doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Towing

Maximum trailer towing in the Dodge Durango is limited to 7400 pounds. The Expedition offers up to a 9300 lbs. towing capacity.

Ergonomics

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Expedition’s exterior PIN entry system. The Durango doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

The Expedition (except XLT)’s optional Enhanced Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Durango doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Expedition owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Expedition will cost $115 less than the Durango over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Expedition is less expensive to operate than the Durango because typical repairs cost much less on the Expedition than the Durango, including $107 less for a water pump, $69 less for a muffler, $58 less for front brake pads, $248 less for a starter, $81 less for fuel injection, $148 less for a fuel pump, $235 less for front struts and $213 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations

Motor Trend performed a comparison test in its April 2018 issue and the Ford Expedition XLT 4x4 won out over the Dodge Durango R/T 4x4.

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