2020 Dodge Durango SRT vs. 2020 Mercedes AMG GLC

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Safety

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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 AMG GLC doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Durango SRT and the AMG GLC 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, 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 964 to 1319 pounds more than the Mercedes AMG GLC. 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 Mercedes covers the AMG GLC. 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 GLC 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 SRT’s warranty.

Reliability

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The Dodge Durango SRT’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the AMG GLC’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 Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Dodge 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 4 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 12th, below the industry average.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Dodge vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Dodge 13 places higher in reliability than Mercedes.

Engine

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The Durango SRT’s 6.4 V8 produces 90 more horsepower (475 vs. 385) and 86 lbs.-ft. more torque (470 vs. 384) than the AMG GLC 43’s standard 3.0 turbo V6. The Durango SRT’s 6.4 V8 produces 6 more horsepower (475 vs. 469) than the AMG GLC 63’s standard 4.0 turbo V8.

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 AMG GLC doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The Durango SRT has 7.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the AMG GLC (24.6 vs. 17.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Durango SRT

AMG GLC

Front Rotors

15 inches

14.2 inches

Rear Rotors

13.8 inches

12.6 inches

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Durango SRT has larger tires than the AMG GLC (295/45R20 vs. 255/45R20). The Durango SRT’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the AMG GLC (295/45R20 vs. 265/45R20).

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. Run-flat tires aren’t available on some tire packages on the AMG GLC.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Durango SRT’s wheelbase is 6.7 inches longer than on the AMG GLC (119.8 inches vs. 113.1 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 AMG GLC doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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

The Durango SRT has 2.1 inches more front headroom, 1.2 inches more front shoulder room, 1.3 inches more rear headroom, 1.3 inches more rear legroom and 1.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the AMG GLC.

Cargo Capacity

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

Durango SRT

AMG GLC

Third Seat Folded

43.3 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

n/a

17.6 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

85.1 cubic feet

56.5 cubic feet

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

Durango SRT

AMG GLC

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

20”/50”/83”

n.a./36.6”/61.3”

Max Width

49”

n/a

Min Width

42.5”

43.3”

Height

36”

n/a

Towing

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The Durango SRT’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the AMG GLC’s (8700 vs. 3500 pounds).

Ergonomics

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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 AMG GLC does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Durango SRT’s power window, power lock and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The AMG GLC’s cruise control switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

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 AMG GLC only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

On extremely cold winter days, the Durango SRT’s standard heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The AMG GLC doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

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