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The X3 M’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Durango SRT doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.
The X3 M has standard PostCrash iBrake, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Durango SRT doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.
When descending a steep, off-road slope, the X3 M’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Durango SRT doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.
The X3 M offers an optional Surround View to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Durango SRT only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.
The X3 M’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 SRT doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.
Both the X3 M and the Durango SRT 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 and rearview cameras.
The X3 M comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Durango SRT’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.
The X3 M’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the Durango SRT’s (12 vs. 5 years).
BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X3 M for 3 years and 36,000 miles. BMW will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Dodge doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Durango SRT.
For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the X3 M have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the engine in the Durango SRT.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 56 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 28th.
The X3 M Competition’s standard 3.0 turbo 6-cylinder produces 28 more horsepower (503 vs. 475) than the Durango SRT’s 6.4 V8.
On the EPA test cycle the X3 M with its standard engine gets better city fuel mileage than the Durango SRT (14 city/19 hwy vs. 13 city/19 hwy).
Regenerative brakes improve the X3 M’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Durango SRT doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.
In heavy traffic or at stoplights the X3 M’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Durango SRT doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.
For better stopping power the X3 M’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Durango SRT:
The X3 M Competition’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Durango SRT’s optional 45 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the X3 M Competition has standard 21-inch wheels. The Durango SRT’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.
The BMW X3 M may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 900 pounds less than the Dodge Durango SRT.
The X3 M is 1 foot, 3 inches shorter than the Durango SRT, making the X3 M easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
The front step up height for the X3 M is 2 inches lower than the Durango SRT (18.5” vs. 20.5”). The X3 M’s rear step up height is 2.1 inches lower than the Durango SRT’s (18.5” vs. 20.6”).
The X3 M has a much larger cargo volume than the Durango SRT with its rear seat up (28.7 vs. 17.2 cubic feet).
A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the X3 M easier. The X3 M’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 28.5 inches, while the Durango SRT’s liftover is 31.4 inches.
Pressing a switch automatically lowers the X3 M’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Durango SRT doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.
To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the X3 M’s liftgate can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Durango SRT doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.
The X3 M offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Durango SRT doesn’t offer a heads-up display.
The X3 M’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Durango SRT’s parking brake has to released manually.
The X3 M’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 SRT’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.
To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the X3 M has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Durango SRT doesn’t offer cornering lights. The X3 M also has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.
Manual rear side window sunshades are available in the X3 M to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Durango SRT doesn’t offer rear side window sunshades.
To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the BMW X3 M offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Durango SRT doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.
The X3 M’s optional Parking Assistant Plus can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, starting, stopping and changing direction automatically. The Durango SRT doesn’t offer an automated parking system.
The BMW X3 outsold the Dodge Durango by 2,511 units during 2019.
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