2016 SUV Comparison: Dodge Durango and Chevy Traverse

May 23rd, 2016 by

Are you looking for a vehicle that is equipped to tow a boat, jet skis or a camper and also transport a big group of passengers? A truck can only carry 4-5 passengers and minivans don’t have the towing capacity you need, so an SUV is the vehicle for you.

Two popular SUVs made by American manufacturers that are currently available on the market are the 2016 Chevy Traverse and 2016 Dodge Durango. Below is a review comparing both of the most basic trim configurations — a Durango SXT and a Traverse LS.

Engine and Fuel Economy

Both SUVs have similarly-sized engines, but they both have different drivetrain and transmission configurations. The 2016 Chevy Traverse LS is equipped with a 3.6-liter 6-cylinder engine coupled with a 6-speed automatic front-wheel-drive transmission that generates 281 horsepower. The 2016 Dodge Durango SXT has a 3.6-liter, 6-cylinder, 295-horsepower engine paired to an 8-speed automatic rear-wheel-drive transmission.

Fuel Economy and Towing

Though similarly-sized engines, the Durango is able to tow more and has a better fuel economy. The Durango SXT has an average fuel economy of 19 MPG in the city and 27 MPG when on the highway. The Traverse LS receives an average of 15 MPG in the city and 22 MPG when on the highway. Though more fuel efficient, the Durango has a maximum towing capacity of 6,200 pounds, which is 1,000 more pounds than the Traverse that has a maximum towing capacity of 5,200 pounds.

Interior and Exterior

Both the Durango and the Traverse have many of the same standard features like cloth seating and front bucket seats, multiple USB ports, an auxiliary jack and steering wheel controls. While both vehicles are fitted with modern convenience features, the specific features do differ.  

The Durango SXT features a 5.0-inch touchscreen display which is the main access point to the Durango’s 5.0 UConnect system, which is a built-in entertainment system that  has Bluetooth streaming, voice command, SiriusXM Satellite radio capability, and a hands-free texting capability. To help keep all passengers comfortable on a long road trip, the Durango features 3-zone automatic temperature control allowing passengers to make adjustments for their personal space.

The Chevy Traverse has a rearview camera that displays on the car’s 6.5-inch dashboard display. The Traverse is equipped with SiriusXM Satellite radio capability, and those who purchase a special OnStar plan and have a special data plan can access the car’s WiFi hotspot capability

Price and Warranty

The 2016 Dodge Durango SXT starts at $30,495 and the Chevy Traverse LS is priced at $31,205. Both Jeep and Ford offer the same standard 3-year or 36,000 mile basic limited warranty and 5-year or 60,000-mile powertrain warranty.