2020 Dodge Durango SRT vs. 2020 BMW X3 M

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Dodge Durango SRT are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The BMW X3 M doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the Durango SRT and the X3 M have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

The Dodge Durango SRT weighs 890 pounds more than the BMW X3 M. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

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Dodge’s powertrain warranty covers the Durango SRT 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than BMW covers the X3 M. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the X3 M ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 7 times as many Dodge dealers as there are BMW dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Durango SRT’s warranty.

Reliability

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The Dodge Durango SRT’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the X3 M’s engines use an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Dodge vehicles are better in initial quality than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Dodge 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 12 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 20th, below the industry average.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Dodge vehicles are more reliable than BMW vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Dodge 9 places higher in reliability than BMW.

Engine

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The Durango SRT’s 6.4 V8 produces 2 more horsepower (475 vs. 473) and 28 lbs.-ft. more torque (470 vs. 442) than the X3 M’s standard 3.0 turbo 6-cylinder. The Durango SRT’s 6.4 V8 produces 28 lbs.-ft. more torque (470 vs. 442) than the X3 M Competition’s standard 3.0 turbo 6-cylinder.

Fuel Economy and Range

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An engine control system that can shut down some of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Durango SRT’s fuel efficiency. The X3 M doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The Durango SRT has 7.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the X3 M (24.6 vs. 17.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Durango SRT has larger tires than the X3 M (295/45R20 vs. 255/45R20).

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the Durango SRT can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The X3 M doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The Durango SRT has a standard automatic rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The X3 M doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Durango SRT’s wheelbase is 7 inches longer than on the X3 M (119.8 inches vs. 112.8 inches).

Chassis

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The Durango SRT uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The X3 M doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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The Durango SRT has standard seating for 7 passengers; the X3 M can only carry 5.

The Durango SRT has 38.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the X3 M (140.3 vs. 101.4).

The Durango SRT has .9 inches more front shoulder room, .7 inches more rear headroom, 2.2 inches more rear legroom and 1.7 inches more rear shoulder room than the X3 M.

Cargo Capacity

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The Durango SRT’s cargo area provides more volume than the X3 M.

Durango SRT

X3 M

Third Seat Folded

43.3 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

n/a

28.7 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

85.1 cubic feet

62.7 cubic feet

The Durango SRT’s cargo area is larger than the X3 M’s in almost every dimension:

Durango SRT

X3 M

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

20”/50”/83”

n.a./36.5”/69”

Max Width

49”

47”

Min Width

42.5”

43.3”

Height

36”

29.7”

Payload

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The Durango SRT has a much higher standard payload capacity than the X3 M (1160 vs. 890 lbs.).

Ergonomics

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The Durango SRT has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The X3 M doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Durango SRT’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The X3 M doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Durango SRT’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 X3 M does not have an oil pressure gauge.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Durango SRT has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the X3 M only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the Durango SRT keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The X3 M doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

The Durango SRT has a standard heated steering wheel to take the chill out of steering on extremely cold winter days before the vehicle heater warms up. A heated steering wheel costs extra on the X3 M.

The Durango SRT’s standard GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that plots alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The X3 M’s navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

The Durango SRT has a 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The X3 M doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

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