The 2021 Ford Explorer and 2021 Dodge Durango are two highly capable and upscale SUVs that are sure to give you great driving experiences around Vancouver. To make sure your new SUV comes with the performance and features you are looking for, our Vancouver Ford team gives you a closer look at the Ford Explorer vs. Dodge Durango below!

Keep reading to learn more about their fuel efficiency, safety features, and interior space.




Ford Explorer


Dodge Durango


Passenger Volume


152.7 cubic feet


141 cubic feet




27 city/29 highway


22 city/26 highway


Maximum Cargo Volume


87.8 cubic feet


85.1 cubic feet


Overall Performance of the Explorer vs Durango

Let's first take a closer look under the hood of these two SUVs. With either, you'll have a powerful engine, but the Explorer has a standard engine that creates a little more power for quick and responsive acceleration.



Dodge Durango


Ford Explorer


3.6L V6


3.0L turbocharged EcoBoost® I-4


295 horsepower


300 horsepower


260 lb-ft of torque


310 lb-ft of torque


You can even get more powerful engines in both models that give you more exciting performance and strong towing capabilities. Although, the 2021 Ford Explorer will do a better job at saving fuel. That is because it offers an available hybrid engine that gets 27 city/29 highway MPG. Since it doesn't offer a hybrid powertrain, the Durango at best gets 22 city/26 highway MPG.

Plus, the Explorer offers the available Terrain Management System™. With it, you can choose among Trail, Deep Snow/Sand, Slippery, and other modes for optimized performance on any type of road or path.

Ford Explorer vs Dodge Durango: Interior Space

While the 2021 Ford Explorer comes standard with seven seats across all its trim levels, the Durango comes standard with seating for just five. In order to get a third row in the Dodge Durango, you'll need to upgrade trim levels. Even with its optional third row, it still doesn't offer nearly as much space as the Explorer.




Ford Explorer


Dodge Durango


Front Row


40.7 inches


39.9 inches


Second Row


40.5 inches


39.8 inches


Third Row


38.9 inches


37.8 inches


Along with that, you will also have 43 inches of legroom up front in the Explorer, compared to the 40.3 inches of front-row legroom in the Durango. Plus, there will be more room for cargo inside the Explorer.

Behind all three rows, it has 18.2 cubic feet of cargo volume, and by folding down the rear seats, that expands to 87.8 cubic feet. The 2021 Dodge Durango has 17.2 cubic feet of cargo volume behind its rear seats and up to 85.1 cubic feet with the seats folded down. 

Offering Safer Travels

Both SUVs come with advanced safety systems that help you safely get around from day to day. With each, you will get various systems standard, including:

  • Blind Spot Monitoring System
  • Lane-Keeping System
  • Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Cross Traffic Alert

Only the 2021 Ford Explorer offers an assistive feature that helps when parking your SUV. Its available Active Park Assist 2.0 lets the vehicle take control and park itself into any open parallel or perpendicular spot. All you have to do is hold down the button and the Explorer will to the rest!

Ready to Get Your New SUV?

With its efficient and off-roading capabilities, spacious interior, and added parking assistance, the 2021 Ford Explorer may just be the SUV you've been looking to drive in around Vancouver.

To find out if it's the ride for you, schedule a test drive with us at Vancouver Ford!

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