Comparison: 2018 Dodge Durango vs 2018 Chevrolet Traverse

Comparison: 2018 Dodge Durango vs 2018 Chevrolet Traverse

New England is all about the great outdoors, so drivers in the Boston area who need an SUV that’s ready for a road trip may want to compare models before deciding on one, particularly if towing capacity and features are important.

If you want to see how the 2018 Dodge Durango stacks up to the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse, check out our full review below. If you want to skip the formalities and see how the Durango feels on the road, visit us in Newton.

Performance and Towing

Dodge Durango

The 2018 Durango has three engine options: a 3.6-liter V6 that makes 293 horsepower (or 295 with dual exhaust) and 260 lb-ft of torque, a 5.7-liter V8 that makes 360 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque, and a 6.4-liter V8 that produces 475 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. All engines have an 8-speed automatic transmission, and all trims have the option for all-wheel drive.

The 2018 Durango has a best-in-class towing capacity, at 8,700 pounds. All models are available with the Trailer Tow Group, which includes a 220-amp alternator oil cooler (V8 only), class IV hitch receiver, 4/7-pin wiring harness, rear load-leveling shocks, and a full-size spare tire.

Chevrolet Traverse

The 2018 Traverse has two engine options: a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 that makes 255 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, and a 3.6-liter V6 that makes 310 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque. Both engines have a 9-speed automatic transmission, but only the V6 is available with all-wheel drive.

The Traverse has a towing capacity of 5,000 pounds, and the only available towing equipment is a heavy-duty cooling system and a trailer hitch. This wipes Chevy off the list for any driver with a boat, trailer, or substantial professional equipment to haul.

Features and Tech

Dodge Durango

Available features on the new Durango include Uconnect 7.0 or 8.4 NAV infotainment systems, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Sirius XM Radio, Traffic Plus, and Travel link. Audio systems include Alpine Premium Audio with 6 or 9 speakers, or the BeatsAudio Premium Sound system. The Premium Entertainment Group includes the Beats audio system, as well as Blu-ray Rear Entertainment Center.

Safety tech that’s available on the 2018 Durango includes Adaptive Cruise Control, a Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross-Path Detection system, Forward Collision Warning, LaneSense Lane Departure Warning, ParkSense Front and Rear Park Assist, and ParkView Rear Back-Up Camera.

Chevrolet Traverse

The Traverse includes Chevrolet MyLink Radio infotainment systems, ranging from the basic with 7-inch display to the deluxe with 8-inch touchscreen and navigation. It’s also available with a Bose sound system, Sirius CM Radio, and OnStar 4G LTE built-in Wi-Fi hotspot. The Traverse is not available with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, or rear seat entertainment.

Driver assistance tech includes Forward Automatic Braking, Forward Collision Alert with Following Distance Indicator, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Low-Speed Forward Automatic Braking, Rear Park Assist, and Lane Change Alert.

Pricing

Dodge Durango

Starting at $29,995 MSRP

Chevrolet Traverse

Starting at $29,930 MSRP

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