The 2011 Dodge Durango and Ford Explorer are big departures from the models that they replace. Apart from the usual styling and differences, the biggest changes are their unibody constructions. Though their companies continue to brand them as being traditional sport-utes, these once-SUVs are now CUVs.
Both these models offer seating for seven but that's where their similarities start to taper off. Each vehicle offers a choice of two different powertrains, but while Dodge has opted to go a more traditional route with by fielding the Durango with both 3.6-liter V6 and 5.7-liter V8 engines, Ford has gone in the opposite direction by equipping the Explorer with a 2.0-liter EcoBoost inline-four and a 3.5-liter V6. There are pros and cons for each – the Explorer may prove to be more fuel-efficient, but the Durango ought to tow more.