2020 Toyota 4Runner vs. 2020 Dodge Durango

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Safety

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When descending a steep, off-road slope, the 4Runner 4WD’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Durango doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

The 4Runner’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Durango doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the 4Runner and the Durango 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, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available four-wheel drive and rear parking sensors.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Toyota 4Runner is safer than the Dodge Durango:

4Runner

Durango

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH, results indicate that the Toyota 4Runner is safer than the Dodge Durango:

4Runner

Durango

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

381 lbs.

542 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty

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The 4Runner’s 5-year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Durango runs out after 60,000 miles.

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the 4Runner for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Dodge doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Durango.

Reliability

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For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the 4Runner has an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the 5.7 V8 in the Durango.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the 4Runner’s reliability 47 points higher than the Durango.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 70 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 28th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Dodge is ranked 21st.

Engine

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The 4Runner’s 4.0 DOHC V6 produces 18 lbs.-ft. more torque (278 vs. 260) than the Durango’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6. The 4Runner’s 4.0 DOHC V6 produces 18 lbs.-ft. more torque (278 vs. 260) than the Durango Dual Exhaust’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Toyota 4Runner is faster than the Durango Dual Exhaust 3.6 DOHC V6:

4Runner

Durango

Zero to 30 MPH

3 sec

3.1 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7.7 sec

8.3 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.9 sec

6 sec

Quarter Mile

16.1 sec

16.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

89.2 MPH

87.5 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Toyota 4Runner uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Durango with the 5.7 V8 engine requires mid-grade for maximum efficiency, which can cost 5 to 40 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the 4Runner’s standard front brake rotors are larger than those on the Durango:

4Runner

Durango

Front Rotors

13.3 inches

13 inches

The 4Runner’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs standard on the Durango V6 are solid, not vented.

The 4Runner stops much shorter than the Durango:

4Runner

Durango

70 to 0 MPH

184 feet

190 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

129 feet

142 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

145 feet

160 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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The Toyota 4Runner’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Dodge Durango only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

The 4Runner has a standard full size spare so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare costs extra on the Durango Without the option you must depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling

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The 4Runner has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the 4Runner flat and controlled during cornering. The Durango’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The 4Runner TRD Off-Road/Venture offers active sway bars, which help keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnect at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The Durango doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

For better maneuverability, the 4Runner’s turning circle is 3.6 feet tighter than the Durango’s (37.4 feet vs. 41 feet).

For greater off-road capability the 4Runner has a 1.5 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Durango (9.6 vs. 8.1 inches), allowing the 4Runner to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The Toyota 4Runner may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 600 pounds less than the Dodge Durango.

The 4Runner SR5 is 11 inches shorter than the Durango, making the 4Runner easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the 4Runner TRD Off-Road is quieter than the Durango GT 4x4 (73 vs. 76 dB).

Passenger Space

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The 4Runner has 1.4 inches more front legroom, .2 inches more rear hip room, .1 inches more rear shoulder room, .9 inches more third row hip room and 7.3 inches more third row shoulder room than the Durango.

Cargo Capacity

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The 4Runner’s cargo area provides more volume than the Durango.

4Runner

Durango

Third Seat Folded

46.3 cubic feet

43.3 cubic feet

Third Seat Removed

47.2 cubic feet

n/a

Second Seat Folded

89.7 cubic feet

85.1 cubic feet

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the 4Runner easier. The 4Runner’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 30.7 inches, while the Durango’s liftover is 32.2 inches.

The 4Runner 5-Passenger’s optional sliding cargo floor is capable of supporting 440 pounds, to make loading and unloading cargo easier and safer. The Durango doesn’t offer a sliding load floor.

The 4Runner’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the liftgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The Durango’s rear cargo window doesn’t open.

Payload

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The 4Runner has a much higher standard payload capacity than the Durango (1625 vs. 1380 lbs.).

The 4Runner has a much higher maximum payload capacity than the Durango (1700 vs. 1460 lbs.).

Ergonomics

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The 4Runner’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Durango’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the 4Runner owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the 4Runner will cost $680 less than the Durango over a five-year period.

The 4Runner will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the 4Runner will retain 61.48% to 71.13% of its original price after five years, while the Durango only retains 46.91% to 51.92%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the 4Runner is less expensive to operate than the Durango because it costs $363 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the 4Runner than the Durango, including $76 less for front brake pads, $294 less for front struts and $368 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Toyota 4Runner will be $3229 to $9769 less than for the Dodge Durango.

Recommendations

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The TRD Pro was selected by Petersen's 4-Wheel & Off-Road magazine as their 2015 4x4 of the Year. The Durango has never been chosen.

The Toyota 4Runner outsold the Dodge Durango by almost two to one during the 2019 model year.

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