2019 Ford Explorer vs 2019 Dodge Durango

2019 Ford Explorer vs 2019 Dodge Durango

Among the longest-running 3-row SUVs in the market are the 2019 Ford Explorer and the 2019 Dodge Durango. Optimized through generations of refining, the two familiar models hold their experience as an advantage over the hoard of newcomers the market has seen in recent years. See how these two classics hold their ground when they match up in this comparison of the 2019 Ford Explorer and the 2019 Dodge Durango.

The Explorer and Durango feature similar cabin layouts, which makes them popular picks among the same crowd of consumers. Both models seat up to 7 passengers; however, a critical distinction between the two is that the Durango comes standard with seating for just five passengers. The Explorer offers the 7-passenger capacity standard with all trim levels and configurations.

2019 Ford EcoSport


2019 Dodge Durango

$32,365  Starting MSRP  $30,195 
7 Seating Capacity  5 - 7
151.5 cubic feet  Passenger Volume  140.3 cubic feet 
21.0 cubic feet  Cargo Volume  17.2 cubic feet 

Comparing the Spaciousness of the 2019 Ford Explorer and the 2019 Dodge Durango

Crossovers are most prized for their ability to provide an SUV-style spacious interior in a package that’s smaller and easier to manage. For this reason, it’s crucial that each model is designed to make good use of the space that it is given.

Offering one of roomiest cabins of in its class, the Explorer brings a whopping 151.5 cubic feet of passenger space. Dodge shies away from talk of the Durango’s passenger volume for good reason. The model tops out far below average 140.3 cubic feet of space. This means passengers in the Explorer enjoy a whopping 11.2 cubic feet more space than those in the Durango. For the Explorer, this gap in passenger volume translates to 1.5 inches more front headroom, 2.6 inches more front legroom, .3 inches more front shoulder room, .8 inches more second-row headroom, .9 inches more second-row legroom, 3.3 inches more second-row shoulder room and .4 inches more third-row shoulder room.

The Durango isn’t wowing anyone with its cargo volume either. The model offers a 17.2-cubic-foot cargo space behind the rear seats. The Explorer comes out ahead again with a 21.0-cubic-foot cargo space.