2020 Dodge Durango SRT vs. 2020 Porsche Cayenne

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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 Cayenne doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Durango SRT and the Cayenne have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, 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.

Warranty

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

There are almost 13 times as many Dodge dealers as there are Porsche 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 Cayenne’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 Porsche vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Dodge 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 6 more problems per 100 vehicles, Porsche is ranked 15th, below the industry average.

Engine

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The Durango SRT’s 6.4 V8 produces 140 more horsepower (475 vs. 335) and 138 lbs.-ft. more torque (470 vs. 332) than the Cayenne’s standard 3.0 turbo V6. The Durango SRT’s 6.4 V8 produces 41 more horsepower (475 vs. 434) and 64 lbs.-ft. more torque (470 vs. 406) than the Cayenne S’ standard 2.9 turbo V6. The Durango SRT’s 6.4 V8 produces 20 more horsepower (475 vs. 455) than the Cayenne E-Hybrid’s standard 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid.

As tested in Car and Driver the Dodge Durango SRT is faster than the Porsche Cayenne turbo V6:

Durango SRT

Cayenne

Zero to 60 MPH

4.7 sec

5 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

12.1 sec

12.6 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

5.1 sec

6 sec

Quarter Mile

13.3 sec

13.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

104 MPH

103 MPH

Top Speed

160 MPH

152 MPH

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

The Durango SRT has 4.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the Cayenne E-Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (24.6 vs. 19.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Durango SRT has almost a gallon more fuel capacity than the Cayenne’s standard fuel tank (24.6 vs. 23.7 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

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

Durango SRT

Cayenne

Front Rotors

15 inches

13.8 inches

Rear Rotors

13.8 inches

13 inches

In an emergency stopping situation, many drivers don’t press the brakes with enough force to stop the vehicle in the shortest distance. The Durango SRT has a standard brake assist system to detect emergency braking situations (by how hard and how quickly the brake pedal is pressed) and then automatically apply maximum braking immediately in order to help prevent a collision. The Cayenne doesn’t offer a brake assist feature.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Durango SRT has larger tires than the Cayenne (295/45R20 vs. 255/55R19). The Durango SRT’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Cayenne (295/45R20 vs. 285/40R21).

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 Cayenne’s standard 55 series front and 50 series rear tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Durango SRT has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 19-inch wheels are standard on the Cayenne.

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 Cayenne doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Durango SRT’s wheelbase is 5.8 inches longer than on the Cayenne (119.8 inches vs. 114 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 Cayenne doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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

The Durango SRT has .9 inches more front headroom, .8 inches more rear headroom and 1.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Cayenne.

Cargo Capacity

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

Durango SRT

Cayenne

Third Seat Folded

43.3 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

n/a

27.1 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

85.1 cubic feet

60.3 cubic feet

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

Durango SRT

Cayenne

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

20”/50”/83”

n.a./39.6”/74.9”

Max Width

49”

42”

Min Width

42.5”

42”

Height

36”

30.4”

Payload and Towing

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The Durango SRT’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Cayenne’s (8700 vs. 7700 pounds).

The Durango SRT has a higher standard payload capacity than the Cayenne (1160 vs. 1104 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 Cayenne 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. An easy entry system costs extra on the Cayenne.

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 Cayenne can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Durango SRT has standard extendable sun visors. The Cayenne doesn’t offer extendable visors.

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 Cayenne.

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 Cayenne doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

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The Dodge Durango outsold the Porsche Cayenne by almost four to one during 2019.

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