2021 GMC Yukon vs. 2020 Dodge Durango

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Safety

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In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Yukon are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Durango doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The Yukon has a standard front seat center airbag, which deploys between the driver and front passenger, protecting them from injuries caused by striking each other in serious side impacts. The Durango doesn’t offer front seat center airbags.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Yukon AT4/Denali 4WD’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Durango doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

The Yukon (except SLE) offers an optional HD Surround Vision to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Durango 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.

Both the Yukon and the Durango have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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The Yukon’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Durango’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Reliability

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

Yukon

Durango

Standard Alternator

220 amps

160 amps

Optional Alternator

250 amps

180 amps

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that GMC vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks GMC 22nd in reliability. With 17 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 28th.

Engine

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The Yukon has more powerful engines than the Durango:

Horsepower

Torque

Yukon 5.3 V8

355 HP

383 lbs.-ft.

Yukon Denali 6.2 V8

420 HP

460 lbs.-ft.

Durango 3.6 DOHC V6

293 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

Durango Dual Exhaust 3.6 DOHC V6

295 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

Durango 5.7 V8

360 HP

390 lbs.-ft.

The Yukon’s 3.0 turbo diesel produces 200 lbs.-ft. more torque (460 vs. 260) than the Durango’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6. The Yukon’s 3.0 turbo diesel produces 200 lbs.-ft. more torque (460 vs. 260) than the Durango Dual Exhaust’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6. The Yukon’s 3.0 turbo diesel produces 70 lbs.-ft. more torque (460 vs. 390) than the Durango’s optional 5.7 V8.

Fuel Economy and Range

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Regardless of its engine, the Yukon’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) Dodge only offers an automatic engine start/stop system on the Durango V6.

Transmission

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A 10-speed automatic is standard on the GMC Yukon, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the Durango.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Yukon’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.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Yukon’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Durango (275/65R20 vs. 265/60R18).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Yukon offers optional 22-inch wheels. The Durango’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

The GMC Yukon’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 Yukon has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Durango doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

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

The Yukon offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The Durango’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Yukon’s wheelbase is 1.1 inches longer than on the Durango (120.9 inches vs. 119.8 inches).

Chassis

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The front grille of the Yukon uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Durango doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

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The Yukon offers optional seating for 9 passengers; the Durango can only carry up to 7.

The Yukon has 26.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Durango (168.3 vs. 141.4).

The Yukon has 2.4 inches more front headroom, 4.2 inches more front legroom, 3.4 inches more rear legroom, .4 inches more third row headroom and 1.4 inches more third row legroom than the Durango.

Cargo Capacity

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

Yukon

Durango

Behind Third Seat

25.5 cubic feet

17.2 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

72.6 cubic feet

43.3 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

122.9 cubic feet

85.1 cubic feet

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Yukon’s (except SLE) optional second and third row seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Durango doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Yukon’s liftgate can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Durango doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics

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The Yukon (except SLE/SLT) offers an available 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 doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Yukon’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Durango’s parking brake has to released manually.

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

The Yukon’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Durango’s standard intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the GMC Yukon SLT/AT4/Denali has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) for the front seat. The Durango doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Recommendations

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The GMC Yukon/Yukon XL outsold the Dodge Durango by 10% during 2019.

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