If you're looking to combine a little luxury with rugged adventure in a family-friendly SUV, the 2017 Ford Explorer or Dodge Durango both should be at the top of your list. These models bring their A-game with sharp styling, high-tech features, and supreme comfort. Before you decide which SUV is right for you, give our comparison guide a quick read.
2017 Ford Explorer vs Dodge Durango
The Explorer's interior design cabin is one of its main attractions. Front seats are accommodating to just about any body type, thanks to their wide, plush cushioning and generous support. With the sliding second-row captain's chairs, it's easy for your passengers to find a comfortable spot on any trip and, with room for up to seven passengers, the Explorer remains one of the best ways to transport big families.
The Dodge Durango is equally road-trip-ready, thanks to the cabin's accommodating passenger space. All three rows are adult-friendly, so you don't have to worry about your kids outgrowing the cabin. However, the Durango doesn't offer much cargo space behind the third-row seats, with only 17.2 cubic feet for your shopping hauls. Compare that to the Explorer's 21 cubes and you'll see why the Explorer has the edge.
For a cabin stocked with road-friendly gadgets, choose the 2017 Ford Explorer. The Sync 3 infotainment system includes more than a high-resolution touchscreen - it provides next-generation voice controls, so you can direct the navigation system to a new route without looking away from the road. The Explorer's smartphone integration features keep you plugged in. Use them to make hands-free calls home or to stream music from apps like Pandora.
Like the Explorer, the Dodge Durango does a great job of keeping your devices charged on the go. Simply plug them into the cabin's handy USB port. To restore larger batteries, like the one in your laptop, use the household-style, 115-volt power outlet. These days, most SUVs, including the Explorer, offer standard Bluetooth, making it easy to link your devices to the central infotainment system. However, with the Durango, you have to pay extra for this feature.
The Explorer wins the day with its crash-test scores and high-tech safety gadgets. In government crash tests, this SUV earned a perfect five stars for overall protection. The Explorer's 180-degree front camera can actually see around corners, helping you take on limited-sight maneuvers in downtown city grids. We also love the MyKey system, which lets you set speed limitations for secondary drivers, like newly licensed teens.
Both models offer a range of high-tech driver aids, like forward collision warning, to notify you of nearby danger. The Dodge Durango's collision mitigation system can automatically apply the brakes to help you reduce or even avoid damages. However, while it offers driver aids, the Durango doesn't offer the same kind of innovation you see with the Explorer's MyKey and camera technology.
If you're ready to drag 7,400 pounds' worth of boat to your favorite summer snorkeling spot, the Durango can help. In addition to giving you the power to tow up to 7,400 pounds, this rugged SUV offers all-wheel drive, so you can take on rugged trails with maximum traction.
Similarly, the Explorer provides an all-wheel-drive setup so you can take your family on regular outdoor adventures without getting stuck in the mud. The Explorer is also designed to transport your favorite toys into the wild, towing up to 5,000 pounds no problem. Though that's probably enough to handle your vacation needs, but the Durango gets the edge here for its extra towing capacity.
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Both rugged SUVs are designed to make your life more adventurous, but only one supplies a refined cabin and superior comfort - the 2017 Ford Explorer. With everything from fantastic passenger space to towing capacity to safety and performance, the Explorer is a great option for those wanting both adventure and luxury.