2020 Chevrolet Tahoe vs. 2019 Dodge Durango SRT

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front shoulder belts of the Chevrolet Tahoe are height-adjustable, and the middle and rear seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The Dodge Durango SRT doesn’t offer comfort guides on its middle or rear seat belts.

Both the Tahoe and Durango SRT have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Tahoe has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The Durango SRT’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Tahoe are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Durango SRT doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The Tahoe has a standard front seat center airbag, which deploys between the driver and front passenger, protecting them from injuries caused by striking each other in serious side impacts. The Durango SRT doesn’t offer front seat center airbags.

Both the Tahoe and the Durango SRT have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

The Tahoe’s corrosion warranty is 1 year and 40,000 miles longer than the Durango SRT’s (6/100,000 vs. 5/60,000).

There are over 25 percent more Chevrolet dealers than there are Dodge dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Tahoe’s warranty.

Reliability

The Tahoe 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 SRT doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Tahoe has a standard 720-amp battery. The Durango SRT’s 700-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Tahoe first among large SUVs in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Durango SRT isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 5 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 8th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 63 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 28th.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Tahoe 4x4 with its standard 5.3 V8 gets better fuel mileage than the Durango SRT (15 city/21 hwy vs. 13 city/19 hwy). The Tahoe 4x4 with its optional 6.2 V8 gets better fuel mileage than the Durango SRT (14 city/22 hwy vs. 13 city/19 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Chevrolet Tahoe uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended with the 6.2 V8 engine for maximum performance). The Durango SRT requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Tahoe has 1.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Durango SRT (26 vs. 24.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

A 10-speed automatic is standard on the Chevrolet Tahoe EcoTec3 6.2 V8, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the Durango SRT.

Tires and Wheels

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

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

The Tahoe has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Durango SRT doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

The Tahoe has a standard full size spare tire so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare isn’t available on the Durango SRT, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Tahoe is 4.8 inches wider in the front and 4.6 inches wider in the rear than on the Durango SRT.

For better maneuverability, the Tahoe’s turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the Durango SRT’s (39 feet vs. 41 feet).

Chassis

The front grille of the Tahoe uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Durango SRT doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

The Tahoe offers optional seating for 9 passengers; the Durango SRT can only carry 7.

The Tahoe has 2.9 inches more front headroom, 5 inches more front legroom, 3.8 inches more front hip room, 6.3 inches more front shoulder room, .4 inches more rear legroom, 4.8 inches more rear hip room, 7.4 inches more rear shoulder room, .3 inches more third row headroom, 6.9 inches more third row hip room and 12.2 inches more third row shoulder room than the Durango SRT.

Cargo Capacity

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

Tahoe

Durango SRT

Third Seat Folded

51.7 cubic feet

43.3 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

94.7 cubic feet

85.1 cubic feet

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Tahoe’s optional second and third row seats (not available on LS), to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Durango SRT doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

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

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

Payload

The Tahoe has a much higher standard payload capacity than the Durango SRT (1670 vs. 1160 lbs.).

The Tahoe has a much higher maximum payload capacity than the Durango SRT (1720 vs. 1160 lbs.).

Ergonomics

The Tahoe Premier offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Durango SRT doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

Model Availability

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

Recommendations

The Chevrolet Tahoe outsold the Dodge Durango by 58% during 2018.

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