2018 Ford Explorer

Starting Price: $33,135 | Price yours

Above Average: Stylish interior, large options list, rugged look

Below Average: Off-road capability, third row space

Consensus: Has a Land Rover aesthetic but getting on in years


2018 Dodge Durango

Starting Price: $31,090 | Price yours

Above Average: Towing, power, infotainment

Below Average: Fuel economy

Consensus: Old-school capability meets modern technology


The Ford Explorer gets a refreshed look inside and out, but the platform is getting on in age. It boasts a great safety package and has multiple engine and trim options. Another feature is the enhanced active park assist that allows the Explorer to practically park itself and pull out of that tricky parallel parking spot. The Dodge Durango offers not just one, but two V8 engines. The 475-horsepower 6.4-liter option offers 8,700 pounds of towing capacity. Its bold look, high-tech infotainment and long list of standard safety features are also new on this year’s model.

Ford Explorer Advantages

Onboard Wi-Fi, Safe and Smart safety package with Active Park Assist that parks and unparks the Explorer by itself.

Dodge Durango Advantages

V8 power, best-in-class towing capacity, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto-supported infotainment system


Three-row seating, aggressive styling, comfortable ride

Final Recommendation

The Ford Explorer has multiple engine options and trims to choose from. It has a luxurious exterior that's pleasing to the eye, and has plenty of power under the hood to get the family around town. If you aren’t satisfied with just a V6, a Dodge Durango combines high performance with family-friendly utility.

  2018 Ford Explorer 2018 Dodge Durango
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 3.5-liter V6 3.6-liter V6
Horsepower 290 hp @ 6,500 rpm 293 hp @ 6,400 rpm
Torque 255 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm 260 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm
Transmission Automatic, 6-spd Automatic, 8-spd
Fuel Economy 20 mpg (17 city/24 hwy) 21 mpg (18 city/25 hwy)
Also Available 2.3-liter 280-hp I4, 3.5-liter 365-hp twin turbo V6 5.7-liter V8, 6.4-liter 475-hp V8
Warranty 3 years or 36,000 miles 3 years or 36,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety Rating 5 Stars 4 Stars
Max Seating Capacity 7 passengers 7 passengers
Wheelbase 112.6 inches 119.8 inches
Overall Length 198.3 inches 201.2 inches
Width 90.2 inches 85.5 inches
Height 70.0 inches 70.9 inches
Turning Diameter 38.9 feet 37.1 feet
Headroom, Front 41.4 inches 39.9 inches
Headroom, 2nd row 40.6 inches 39.8 inches
Headroom, 3rd row 37.8 inches 37.8 inches
Legroom, Front 42.9 inches 40.3 inches
Legroom, 2nd row 39.5 inches 38.6 inches
Legroom, 3rd row 33.3 inches 31.5 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 61.5 inches 58.5 inches
Shoulder Room, 2nd row 61.0 inches 50.4 inches
Shoulder Room, 3rd row 50.8 inches 50.4 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 151.7 cu. ft. N/A
EPA Cargo Volume 81.7 cu. ft. 84.5 cu. ft.
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