The 2021 Dodge Durango Goes Head to Head Against the Toyota 4Runner

February 25th, 2021 by

The 2021 Dodge Durango and the 2021 Toyota 4Runner are models that equally showcase the range of vehicles available in the midsize SUV segment. Aggressively designed to individually take on the road ahead, these two models couldn’t be any more different from the other. Here’s how the Dodge Durango compares to the 2021 Toyota 4Runner.

Whether it’s cruising or tackling roads less traveled, the Dodge Durango shines thanks to its wide assortment of varied powertrains. A 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 is the standard engine, but the SRT trims feature either a 465-horsepower 6.4-liter HEMI V8 or the top-tier 6.2-liter supercharged Hellcat V8 with its incredible 710 horsepower. For comparison, the 2021 Toyota 4Runner only has one standard engine option and that’s a massive 4.0-liter V6 that generates 270 horsepower and is mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission. Compared to most SUVs on the market, the Toyota appears to be short on gears. Although the Durango is often skewered for its less-than-stellar fuel economy numbers, the Toyota 4Runner takes the cake with its 23-gallon fuel tank that doesn’t even manage 400 miles of range on a single tank. 

Additionally, the interior cabin of the 2021 Dodge Durango features plenty of upgrades and comfort. The third-row seating is optionally available on the base trim and standard on the trims that follow. A 10.1-inch infotainment touchscreen display is the standard and is easy to operate as it serves as the hub for all navigation, audio system, and climate control. Connectivity includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto access, as well as Amazon Alexa. Buyers interested in all the bells and whistles should opt for the top-tier Citadel trim. 

Toyota ramps up the competition with its high resale value and key features that Toyota fans love and have come to expect. Safety features on the 4Runner include the Pre-collision system that features pedestrian detection, lane departure alert, and a lot more. Dodge offers a similar array of advanced safety features in its Safety Group package. Another area in which both vehicles shine is their great off-road performance and highly evolved all-wheel-drive. All in all the 2021 Dodge Durango has the advantage of varied powertrains, greater towing capability, and a lower starting price. Additionally, the Durango is more stylish, naturally allowing for more personalization which makes the SUV much more attractive to buyers. 

2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat

With its 710 horsepower and 645 lb-ft of torque, the 2021 Durango SRT Hellcat is the most powerful SUV ever thanks to the supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI Hellcat V8 that rests under the hood. The model has a 0-60 miles per hour (mph) time of just 3.5 seconds, a top speed of 180 mph, and an elapsed quarter-mile time of 11.5 seconds. If the prowess of the 2021 Durango SRT Hellcat isn’t enough to impress prospective buyers, perhaps its best-in-class towing capacity will do the trick. All three top-tier engines, including the Supercharged 6.2-liter Hellcat V8, the legendary 392-cubic-inch HEMI V8 and even the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 (when paired with the automaker’s Tow N Go Package) have a towing capability of 8,700 lbs. 

Stop by University Dodge and check out the latest Dodge Durango inventory, or if you’re feeling more adventurous and don’t have the need for such a roomy SUV, take the Dodge Challenger for a spin instead. Follow University Dodge on social media to stay up to date with the latest Dodge news and offers.

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