Compare Dodge Durango vs. Ford Explorer vs. Chevrolet Traverse

Compare the Dodge Durango against the Ford Explorer and Chevrolet Traverse. Use this tool to compare rankings and see how the Durango, Explorer and Traverse stack up against each other in terms of performance, features, safety prices and more. Then use our Best Price Program by selecting the trims you are interested in to see local prices and get a great deal on a new Durango, Explorer and Traverse. If you are interested in used cars you can also search used listings in your area.

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2009 Dodge Durango 2009 Ford Explorer 2009 Chevrolet Traverse
2009 Dodge Durango 2009 Ford Explorer 2009 Chevrolet Traverse
2WD 4dr SE
  • 2WD 4dr SE
  • 2WD 4dr SLT
  • 4WD 4dr SE
  • 4WD 4dr SLT
  • 2WD 4dr Limited
  • 4WD 4dr Limited
  • 4WD 4dr Limited Hybrid
RWD 4dr V6 XLT
  • RWD 4dr V6 XLT
  • RWD 4dr V8 XLT
  • 4WD 4dr V6 XLT
  • AWD 4dr V6 XLT
  • RWD 4dr V6 Eddie Bauer
  • 4WD 4dr V8 XLT
  • AWD 4dr V8 XLT
  • RWD 4dr V8 Eddie Bauer
  • 4WD 4dr V6 Eddie Bauer
  • AWD 4dr V6 Eddie Bauer
  • 4WD 4dr V8 Eddie Bauer
  • AWD 4dr V8 Eddie Bauer
  • RWD 4dr V6 Limited
  • RWD 4dr V8 Limited
  • 4WD 4dr V6 Limited
  • AWD 4dr V6 Limited
  • 4WD 4dr V8 Limited
  • AWD 4dr V8 Limited
Front-Wheel Drive LS
  • Front-Wheel Drive LS
  • All-Wheel Drive LS
  • Front-Wheel Drive LT 1LT
  • All-Wheel Drive LT 1LT
  • Front-Wheel Drive LT 2LT
  • All-Wheel Drive LT 2LT
  • Front-Wheel Drive LTZ
  • All-Wheel Drive LTZ


MSRP $28,130 $28,470 $29,215
Invoice $25,806 $26,458 $27,608
Avg. Paid $10,933 $12,142 $13,921

U.S. News Scores

Overall 7.3 7.4 8.7
Critics' Rating 7.5 8.1 8.9
Performance 7.6 7.8 8.5
Interior 8.0 8.0 8.5
Cost to Own 8.9 8.9 9.0
Safety N/A 8.4 9.4
Reliability 2.5 2.0 4.0

Pros & Cons

  • Family-friendly interior features
  • Strong V8 engines
  • Quiet cabin
  • Good road manners for a big, truck-based SUV
  • Capable SUV for towing and off-roading
  • Outstanding reliability rating
  • Smooth ride
  • Tons of cargo and passenger space
  • Great safety scores
  • Above-average reliability rating
  • Cheap-feeling interior
  • Rough on-road ride
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Below-average reliability rating
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Some cheap-feeling interior materials
  • Can’t tow or travel off-road like a traditional SUV
  • Some interior quality complaints

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Automatic Automatic
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas V6 3.7L/226 Gas V6 4.0L/245 Gas V6 3.6L/220
MPG 14 City / 20 Hwy 14 City / 20 Hwy 17 City / 24 Hwy



Body Style 4 Door 4 Door 4 Door


Wheelbase(in) 119.2 113.7 118.9
Length, Overall (in) 200.8 205.0
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 76.0 73.7 78.4
Height, Overall (in) 74.3 71.9 70.4
Step Up Height - Front (in) - TBD -
Step Up Height - Side (in) - TBD -

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Privacy Glass Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Sun/Moon Roof Optional
Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof Optional
Sunroof Sunshield Optional
Running Boards Optional Optional
Rear Spoiler Standard


Base Curb Weight (lbs) 4478 4790

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front All-Season Standard Standard
Tires - Front On/Off Road Standard
Tires - Front Performance Optional
Tires - Rear All-Season Standard Standard
Tires - Rear On/Off Road Standard
Tires - Rear Performance Optional
Compact Spare Tire Optional
Full Size Spare Tire Standard Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Optional Standard
Steel Wheels Standard Standard


Trailer Hitch Receiver Optional Optional Optional


Convenience & Comfort

Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard
Cruise Control Standard Standard Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Standard Standard
Auto-Off Headlights Optional Standard
Interior Cargo Shade Standard
Luggage Rack Standard
Rear Parking Aid Optional
Front Reading Lamps Standard Standard Standard
Rear Reading Lamps Standard Standard
Rear Seat Heat Ducts Optional Optional Standard
Remote Engine Start Optional Optional
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard Optional
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard Optional
Navigation from Telematics Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard Standard Standard
Rear Floor Mats Standard Standard Standard
Keyless Entry Standard Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional
Heated Exterior Driver Mirror Standard Optional
Heated Mirrors Standard Optional
Heated Exterior Passenger Mirror Standard Optional
Mirror Memory Standard
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard
Power Passenger Mirror Standard Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard


Passenger Capacity 5 5 8
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 108.6 153.1
Front Head Room (in) 40.8 39.8 40.4
Front Leg Room (in) 41.5 42.4 41.3
Front Shoulder Room (in) 59.3 59.0 62.0
Front Hip Room (in) 58.7 55.4 59.1
Second Head Room (in) 39.2 38.7 39.4
Second Leg Room (in) 37.4 36.9 36.8
Second Shoulder Room (in) 59.6 58.9 61.3
Second Hip Room (in) 57.2 55.5 57.8
Third Leg Room (in) 34.4 33.2
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (cu. ft.) 102.4 85.8 117.9
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (cu. ft.) 68.4 45.1 68.3
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (cu. ft.) 20.1 26.1
Cargo Volume to Seat 4 (cu. ft.)


AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard
CD Changer Optional
CD Player Standard Standard Standard
MP3 Player Standard Standard Standard
Satellite Radio Optional Optional Standard
Premium Sound System Optional

Heating & Cooling

A/C Standard Standard Standard
Rear A/C Optional Optional Standard

Navigation & Communication

Onboard Hands-Free Communications System Standard
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Optional Optional


Cloth Seats Standard Standard Optional
Leather Seats Optional
Additional Rear Seat Optional Optional Standard
Heated Driver Seat Optional
Heated Passenger Seat Optional
Driver Lumbar Standard Standard
Passenger Lumbar Optional
Power Driver Seat Standard Optional
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Standard Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard Standard Standard
Bucket Seats Standard Standard Standard



Driver Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag On/Off Switch Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Body Air Bag Standard


4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard Standard
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard Standard

Safety Features

Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard Standard
Auto-On Headlights Optional Standard
Daytime Running Lights Optional Optional Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard
Adjustable Pedals Optional
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard


Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard
Rear Wheel Drive Standard Standard
V6 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard Standard
8 Cylinder Engine Optional
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas V6 Gas V6
Displacement 3.7L/226 4.0L/245 3.6L/220
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 210 @ 5200 210 @ 5100 281 @ 6300
Torque (Net @ RPM) 235 @ 4000 254 @ 3700 266 @ 3400
Transmission Automatic Automatic w/OD Automatic
Turning diameter 37.0 36.8 40.4


Flexible Fuel Capability Optional
Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 14 14 17
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 20 20 24
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 27 22.5 22.0


Suspension Type - Front Independent Independent
Suspension Type - Rear Solid Axle Independent
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Torsion Springs
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs
Suspension Type - Front Independent SLA
Suspension Type - Rear Independent SLA


Automatic Standard Standard Standard
Automatic Transmission w/Manual Mode Standard
4-Speed Automatic Standard
5-Speed Automatic Optional Standard
6-Speed Automatic Standard

Safety scores should only be compared between vehicles of similar size and weight. Larger, heavier vehicles generally provide more protection than smaller, lighter ones.