2018 Dodge Durango vs Toyota Highlander near Charlotte

The 2018 Dodge Durango VS 2018 Toyota Highlander: Which Three-Row is Optimal?

Not all SUVs are created equal-in fact, they're far from it. While options are great, it can make choosing a little tough. At Lake Norman Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram near Charlotte, we want to help you make a decision that will benefit you in the long run. We went ahead and compared two strong three-row crossover SUV competitors, the 2018 Dodge Durango and the 2018 Toyota Highlander. Crucial factors-like power, design, interior conveniences and safety-make all the difference when it comes to a three-row investment, and with our help, you can be sure that you're getting the ideal SUV.

A Capacity Fit for You

If you are opting for a three-row SUV, you likely have power on your mind. The 2018 Dodge Durango is equipped with a 3.6-liter V6, 5.7-liter V8 or 6.4-liter V8 engine. Meanwhile, the 2018 Toyota Highlander has a single choice in engine-a 3.5-liter V6. While the base models of the Durango and the Highlander have similar horsepower (at 295 horsepower each), the Durango has trim levels with strength that beyond exceed the Highlander. The Durango SRT model reaches a massive 475 horsepower and 470 pounds-feet of torque, and if you don't require quite that much power, you can opt for the 360-horsepower R/T trim that boasts 390 pounds-feet of torque.

With the Durango, you'll have up to 8,700 pounds of towing capacity, and the Highlander

only achieves up to 5,000 pounds at most. And while the Highlander's all-wheel drive is effective, nothing beats the available four-wheel drive in the Durango. However much power you crave, you'll get it in the Dodge Durango.

Style Matters

It's okay-you can judge an SUV by its appearance. You are the one that will be seeing it every day, anyway. The Durango has wheels up to twenty inches, available leather-trimmed seats and up to nine tasteful choices in exterior colors. The standard LED racetrack taillamp is reminiscent of sportier models in the Dodge brand, like the Charger. You can even enjoy a sport-minded front fascia and hood in the R/T and SRT models. The Toyota Highlander features up to 19-inch alloy wheels, cloth or leather-trimmed seats and daytime running lights. From an image itself, you can witness that the Durango has a more striking design, and many of its style features comes standard (while you have to upgrade the Highlander to have features like fog lights).

Safety and Conveniences Make all the Difference

In our modern world, we rely on technology and conveniences that allow us to focus less on the technicalities of life and more on enjoying life itself. Uconnect 4 comes standard in the Dodge Durango, with a seven-inch touchscreen that supports features like Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™, Uconnect Voice Command, Bluetooth® and SiriusXm® satellite radio. Upgrade to the Uconnect 4 NAV system and you'll get an 8.5-inch screen that adds navigation, SiriusXM Traffic Plus and more. The Toyota Highlander is equipped with Entine™ Audio along with a 6.1-inch screen, but that doesn't compare to the available rear-seat 9-inch dual-screen Blu-ray Entertainment System in the Durango. In this SUV, everyone will be entertained, from the front to the rear.

Safety is something you can't look past, especially if you plan on filling all three rows of your next SUV with precious cargo. The Toyota Highlander features an advanced airbag system, Higll Start Assist Control and available Rear Cross-Traffic Alert. The Dodge Durango, however, features all this and more:

  • Rain Brake Support is an innovative feature that helps to eliminate any water in the brake pads by adding pressure.
  • While the Highlander has adaptive cruise control as well, the Durango features Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop, meaning the vehicle will automatically use throttle control and braking to benefit you.
  • SiriusXM Guardian ™ lets you have remote access to certain functions of your vehicle, letting you make emergency calls, contact roadside assistance and more.

When it comes to power, aesthetics and conveniences, the Durango has the upper hand. To learn more about this three-row SUV powerhouse, visit Lake Norman Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. Serving Charlotte and beyond, our inventory features trims and packages that will allow you to choose your ideal vehicle. Not all SUVs are created equal, and the 2018 Dodge Durango is clearly superior.

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