2020 Dodge Durango SRT vs. 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe

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The Durango SRT 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 Tahoe doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Durango SRT. But it costs extra on the Tahoe.

For better protection of the passenger compartment, the Durango SRT 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 Tahoe uses a body-on-frame design, which has no frame members above the floor of the vehicle.

Both the Durango SRT and the Tahoe 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 crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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The Durango SRT’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Tahoe’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Reliability

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

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Durango SRT has larger alternators than the Tahoe:

Durango SRT

Tahoe

Standard Alternator

160 amps

150 amps

Optional Alternator

180 amps

170 amps

2nd Optional Alternator

220 amps

n/a

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Dodge vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Dodge 17 places higher in reliability than Chevrolet.

Engine

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The Durango SRT’s 6.4 V8 produces 120 more horsepower (475 vs. 355) and 87 lbs.-ft. more torque (470 vs. 383) than the Tahoe’s standard 5.3 V8. The Durango SRT’s 6.4 V8 produces 55 more horsepower (475 vs. 420) and 10 lbs.-ft. more torque (470 vs. 460) than the Tahoe’s optional 6.2 V8.

As tested in Car and Driver the Dodge Durango SRT is faster than the Chevrolet Tahoe 5.3 V8:

Durango SRT

Tahoe

Zero to 60 MPH

4.7 sec

7.1 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

12.1 sec

19.3 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

5.1 sec

7.5 sec

Quarter Mile

13.3 sec

15.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

104 MPH

91 MPH

Top Speed

160 MPH

113 MPH

Transmission

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The Durango SRT’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The Tahoe doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Durango SRT

Tahoe

Front Rotors

15 inches

13 inches

Rear Rotors

13.8 inches

13.6 inches

The Durango SRT’s brakes have 45% more swept area (the area covered by the brake pads) than the Tahoe (729 vs. 502 square inches), so the Durango SRT has more braking power available.

The Durango SRT stops much shorter than the Tahoe:

Durango SRT

Tahoe

70 to 0 MPH

167 feet

180 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Durango SRT has larger tires than the Tahoe (295/45R20 vs. 265/65R18). The Durango SRT’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Tahoe (295/45R20 vs. 285/45R22).

The Durango SRT’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Tahoe LS/LT’s standard 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Durango SRT has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the Tahoe LS/LT.

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 Tahoe doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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For superior ride and handling, the Dodge Durango SRT has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Chevrolet Tahoe has a solid rear axle, with a non-independent rear suspension.

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

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Durango SRT’s wheelbase is 3.8 inches longer than on the Tahoe (119.8 inches vs. 116 inches).

The Durango SRT handles at .87 G’s, while the Tahoe Premier 4x4 pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis

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Unibody construction lowers the Durango SRT’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 Tahoe uses body-on-frame design instead.

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 Tahoe doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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The Durango SRT has 1.1 inches more rear headroom and 8.7 inches more third row legroom than the Tahoe.

Cargo Capacity

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

Durango SRT

Tahoe

Behind Third Seat

17.2 cubic feet

15.3 cubic feet

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Durango SRT easier. The Durango SRT’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 31.4 inches, while the Tahoe’s liftover is 35.9 inches.

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

Durango SRT

Tahoe

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

20”/50”/83”

11.1”/43.2”/79.9”

Max Width

49”

n/a

Min Width

42.5”

49.3”

Height

36”

33.9”

Towing

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The Durango SRT’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Tahoe’s (8700 vs. 6400 pounds).

Ergonomics

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On a hot day the Durango SRT’s driver can lower the front windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Tahoe can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Durango SRT 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 Tahoe doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

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 Tahoe.

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