Dodge Durango vs Chevy Traverse

Are you ready to rumble? Ding. Ding. Or rather, vroom, vroom. Tonight’s line up is starring two new and popular sport utility vehicles; although they’re not quite a minivan, the little more sporty and sleek vehicles are still family vehicles with enough cabin room for the kids or several passengers to comfortably travel.

On one side of the ring, representing full size crossover SUVs, it’s the Chevrolet Traverse. Weighing in at 281 horsepower and 217 pound-feet of torque, the 3.6 liter V-6 engine runs the six-speed automatic transmission. The vehicle has a maximum cargo space of 116.3 cubic feet and it’s record holds at a five star safety rating and fuel economy rated at up to an EPA estimated 17/24 mpg.

Weighing in at 290 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque is the challenger. It’s the new Dodge Durango, flanked with an eight-speed automatic transmission hosting a 3.6 liter Pentastar V-6 along with rotary and paddle-shifter. The cabin hosts 86 cubic feet of space. With an overall four star rating for safety, Durango’s fuel economy rating is up to an EPA estimated 18/25 mpg (thanks to Dodge’s new Eco Mode) complete with rear-wheel drive.

This comparison is brought to you by Peake Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram FIAT. You’ll find tickets to this match at our box office located off the bay in Wayne County of Sodus, New York.

Trim Packages

The Chevy Traverse comes in four trims: LS, 1LT, 2LT and LTZ. All-wheel drive is optional.

The Dodge Durango is sold in SXT, Rallye, Limited, R/T, and Citadel trim levels. Premium packages are all equipped with all-wheel drive and V-8 engines.

Cabin Features

Chevy Traverse has seating capacity for eight passengers in three row seats. Soft touch materials cover the dash and upper doors. Package pending, the dashboard can sport a 6.5-inch mounted touch screen with Bluetooth connectivity.

Dodge Durango seats seven in its traditional three row seating, and the front passenger seat folds up for more carrying capability. The dashboard design features a 7-inch color instrument display, fully reconfigurable Thin Film Transistor (TFT), a “media hub” with an SD card slot, USB port, and an auxiliary audio input jack. The steering wheel gets a makeover with a new 3 spoke design. As an added safety feature, both the driver and passenger front seats are equipped with active front head restraints.

Package Prices

Average prices for the Chevy Traverse are from thirty-thousand dollars to the low-forties.

On the Dodge Durango SXT and Citadel packages prices differ by around 10K with the former being the more affordable of the pair. Keep in mind our Durango Citadel offers a Hemi engine, trailer tow and/or captain seats in the second row. Average prices for the Durango are from mid-thirty to forty thousand dollars.

And the winner for affordability is the 2014 Dodge Durango ranking number three, with Chevy’s Traverse ranking six out of twenty-two in affordable midsize SUVs.

Notable Features

Chevy Traverse

Backup camera
Bluetooth
HD radio
Satellite radio
12 cup holders throughout entire cabin

Optional features include:

MyLink infotainment system with display
Bose stereo
Backseat entertainment system
Forward collision alert
Lane departure warning
Heated and cooled selective seating
Wood tone and metallic accent trim

Dodge Durango

Radar and camera units mounted in front of the SUV affording Adaptive Cruise Control Plus & Forward Collision Warning Plus system.
Rear seat entertainment system with DVD Blu-ray player, HDMI gaming system compatibility and dual 9-inch display screens.
“Sinister” styling
Dark-tinted headlight surrounds
LED running lights
Monochrome exterior trim
Hyper Black 20-inch aluminum wheels
5-inch Uconnect 8.4 infotainment touch-screen system

Optional features include:

Heated front seats
Heated steering wheel
3-D mapping
Rear seat entertainment system
Voice-recognition technology

And the winner is . . . the Dodge Durango! Come out to Sodus’ Peake Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram FIAT today for a test drive to experience for yourself why this vehicle offers you more.