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2017 Ford Explorer vs. 2017 Dodge Durango

If you're shopping for a powerful SUV that's as easy to use as it is efficient, then you'll want to check out the 2017 Ford Explorer. The Explorer delivers solid engineering and accessible design not found in competitors like the 2017 Dodge Durango, and a list of safety features that give Peotone and Bradley, IL drivers the peace of mind they need to enjoy their next adventure. Check out our comparison of the two here, then stop by Terry's Ford of Peotone to learn how easy it is to finance a car you'll love from people who care about your driving experience.

Capacity and Convenience

Drivers buy SUVs for a variety of reasons – not the least of which is the interior space they offer. The Ford Explorer gives occupants more to work with thanks to a larger passenger compartment that measures 151.5 cubic feet. That's 17.6 cubic feet more than the Durango's 133.9 cubic foot interior. The Explorer offers more cargo space too, with 21.0 cubic feet available behind the rear seats, compared to the Dodge's cramped 17.2 cubic feet of storage space. The Explorer does more with that volume too, giving drivers access to conveniences like a low floor for easy loading and third-row seats that fold into the floor to create a level cargo area. The Durango's higher load floor and awkward rear seats make loading cargo more difficult and don't allow large items to lay flat.

Power and Handling

Ford makes efficient engines, a fact that benefits drivers of the Explorer's “Ultra Low Emissions” status and low fuel consumption of the available turbocharged V6 engine that delivers an impressive 16 mpg/city fuel economy when mated to the 4WD drivetrain. The Durango's V8 engine manages just 14 mpg/city when paired with 4WD. The Ford offers better stopping power too thanks to 13.85-inch front and 13.5-inch rear rotors that brought the vehicle to a halt from a speed of just 166 feet in Car and Driver testing. The Durango's smaller 13-inch front and rear brakes required 176 feet to perform the same task in those tests, meaning the Dodge will travel ten feet further in an emergency stop – potentially causing serious damage along the way.

Test-drive the Ford Explorer in Peotone, IL

The 2017 Ford Explorer outclassed the 2017 Dodge Durango in our side-by-side comparison. See how it can improve your Peotone or Bradley, IL commute today. Contact Terry's Ford of Peotone at (888) 832-3250 or visit our showroom at 363 N Harlem Ave in Peotone to schedule a test drive and learn more.