2019 Durango SRT Stands its Ground
For quite some time now, the Dodge Durango SRT, has been the only three-row performance crossover vehicle offered by a non-luxury brand. Now that the 2020 Ford Explorer ST is making its way towards dealership lots there’ll be two family crossovers vying for the attention of prospective buyers. Let’s see how each of these crossovers fares on paper when it comes to practicality and power.
The Durango and the Explorer are worlds apart when it comes to generating power. Under the hood of the Explorer, there is a 3.0-liter twin turbo V6 engine that’s force-fed, while the Durango is powered by the enormous 6.4-liter HEMI V8 that’s naturally aspirated. Between the two it’s the Durango SRT that offers better performance with specs like 475 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. The Explorer trails a little bit behind at 400 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque. We’d say the Durango SRT wins this round.
For both of these crossovers, performance isn’t the only factor affecting power. When it comes to it other factors such as weight also play a role. Both the Durango SRT and Explorer ST have a very close weight-to-power ratio, 11.6 pounds per horsepower vs 11.75 pounds per horsepower, respectively. Tire size is also of the essence when it comes to the vehicle’s handling. The Durango SRT offers 295-mm wide tires on 20-inch wheels, while the Explorer ST has 255-mm tires on 20-inch wheels – and optional upgrade for the ST is a set of 21-inch wheels with 275-mm wide tires. At an extra cost, of course. When it comes to tires and wheels it’s the Durango SRT that’s working with more contact patch as the standard, prospective buyers won’t be asked to splurge a little more for an optional upgrade like the ST offers.
Those looking to tow large items should look no further than the Durango. Sure, the Explorer ST can tow a respectable 5,600 pounds, but the Dodge Durango SRT eclipses it with a massive towing capability of 8,700 pounds. In fact, the SRT is the most capable hauler in the Durango lineup, beating out the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 powered R/T’s 7,200 pounds of towing capability.
Fuel Economy and Price
Final figures for the Explorer ST have yet to be announced, but Ford estimates its starting MRSP will be around the $60,000-plus ballpark. The Durango SRT has an MSRP of $62,995, plus destination fee. Considering how close the two crossovers are when it comes to performance and price, the acclaimed HEMI engine and its overall towing capacity are enough to give the Durango SRT an edge. Just like the price, fuel economy figures have not been announced for the Explorer ST and experts don’t really have any estimates. The Durango SRT currently offers 13 mpg in the city, 19 mpg on the highway, and a combined 15 mpg overall.
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