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Dodge Durango vs. Ford Explorer MPG

Chart is based on 54 fuel economy reports for the Dodge Durango and 127 fuel economy reports for the Ford Explorer.

Dodge Durango MPG

Dodge Durango Dodge Durango 2016 21.6 MPG Highway Percentage 60 percent Dodge Durango Dodge Durango 2012 16.5 MPG Highway Percentage 47 percent Dodge Durango Dodge Durango 2012 22.8 MPG Highway Percentage 36 percent Dodge Durango Dodge Durango 2011 16.6 MPG Highway Percentage 45 percent Dodge Durango Dodge Durango 2007 15.5 MPG Highway Percentage 30 percent Dodge Durango Dodge Durango 2007 17.4 MPG Highway Percentage 33 percent Dodge Durango Dodge Durango 2006 17.7 MPG Highway Percentage 83 percent Dodge Durango Dodge Durango 2006 16.0 MPG Highway Percentage 30 percent Dodge Durango Dodge Durango 2006 15.0 MPG Highway Percentage 80 percent Dodge Durango Dodge Durango 2006 11.0 MPG Highway Percentage 0 percent Dodge Durango Dodge Durango 2005 16.9 MPG Highway Percentage 37 percent Dodge Durango Dodge Durango 2005 16.0 MPG Highway Percentage 55 percent Dodge Durango Dodge Durango 2005 18.7 MPG Highway Percentage 60 percent Dodge Durango Dodge Durango 2004 17.2 MPG Highway Percentage 68 percent Dodge Durango Dodge Durango 2004 13.0 MPG Highway Percentage 33 percent Dodge Durango Dodge Durango 2003 11.5 MPG Highway Percentage 21 percent Dodge Durango Dodge Durango 2003 19.0 MPG Highway Percentage 30 percent Dodge Durango Dodge Durango 2003 14.5 MPG Highway Percentage 60 percent Dodge Durango Dodge Durango 2002 14.0 MPG Highway Percentage 10 percent Dodge Durango Dodge Durango 2002 15.7 MPG Highway Percentage 30 percent Dodge Durango Dodge Durango 2002 15.0 MPG Highway Percentage 11 percent
Year Body/Powertrain flat, hilly, or mountainousLand driving style: very light to "lead foot"Foot A/C use: none to heavyA/C constant stop and goTraf % many stops per mileCity % stop every mile or twoSub % fairly steady speedHwy % Hwy Spd MPG
2016 4dr SUV 293-horsepower 3.6L V6
8-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat light none 0 0 40 60 65 21.6  
2012 4dr SUV 360-horsepower 5.7L V8
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD w/low range
flat light none 33 20 0 47 73 16.5  
2012 4dr SUV 290-horsepower 3.6L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic RWD
flat light none 0 4 60 36 74 22.8  
2011 4dr SUV 360-horsepower 5.7L V8
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD w/low range
flat med hvy 10 8 38 45 95 16.6  
2007 4dr SUV 335-horsepower 5.7L V8
5-speed automatic AWD w/low range
flat med light 23 23 24 30 70 15.5  
2007 4dr SUV 235-horsepower 4.7L V8
5-speed automatic AWD
flat light light 23 5 40 33 60 17.4  
2006 4dr SUV 335-horsepower 5.7L V8
5-speed automatic AWD w/low range
flat light none 0 0 17 83 63 17.7  
2006 4dr SUV 230-horsepower 4.7L V8
5-speed automatic RWD
flat med light 5 25 40 30 70 16.0  
2006 4dr SUV 230-horsepower 4.7L V8
5-speed automatic AWD w/low range
flat med none 0 0 20 80 60 15.0  
2006 4dr SUV 230-horsepower 4.7L V8
5-speed automatic AWD
flat lead light 50 0 50 0 N/A 11.0  
2005 4dr SUV 335-horsepower 5.7L V8
5-speed automatic AWD w/low range
flat med light 1 38 25 37 63 16.9  
2005 4dr SUV 230-horsepower 4.7L V8
5-speed automatic RWD
hills med hvy 10 5 30 55 65 16.0  
2005 4dr SUV 230-horsepower 4.7L V8
5-speed automatic AWD
flat light none 0 0 40 60 65 18.7  
2004 4dr SUV 330-horsepower 5.7L V8
5-speed automatic AWD w/low range
flat light none 1 8 23 68 63 17.2  
2004 4dr SUV 230-horsepower 4.7L V8
5-speed automatic AWD
flat light none 0 0 67 33 60 13.0  
2003 4dr SUV 245-horsepower 5.9L V8
4-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
hills med hvy 5 37 37 21 65 11.5  
2003 4dr SUV 235-horsepower 4.7L V8
5-speed automatic RWD
flat light hvy 10 10 50 30 70 19.0  
2003 4dr SUV 235-horsepower 4.7L V8
5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
flat med light 0 0 40 60 75 14.5  
2002 4dr SUV 235-horsepower 4.7L V8
5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
flat light light 0 80 10 10 70 14.0  
2002 4dr SUV 235-horsepower 4.7L V8
5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time
hills med light 5 20 45 30 60 15.7  
2002 4dr SUV 235-horsepower 4.7L V8
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
flat light hvy 22 56 11 11 60 15.0  

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Ford Explorer MPG

Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2015 20.9 MPG Highway Percentage 40 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2013 21.8 MPG Highway Percentage 45 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2012 21.4 MPG Highway Percentage 80 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2012 18.4 MPG Highway Percentage 52 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2011 15.6 MPG Highway Percentage 9 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2011 22.0 MPG Highway Percentage 80 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2009 18.5 MPG Highway Percentage 100 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2009 19.2 MPG Highway Percentage 45 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2008 16.5 MPG Highway Percentage 75 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2008 16.6 MPG Highway Percentage 37 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2008 16.7 MPG Highway Percentage 17 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2007 17.2 MPG Highway Percentage 82 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2007 17.7 MPG Highway Percentage 61 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2006 18.3 MPG Highway Percentage 61 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2006 15.1 MPG Highway Percentage 37 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2006 18.1 MPG Highway Percentage 29 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2006 16.4 MPG Highway Percentage 44 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2005 17.5 MPG Highway Percentage 83 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2005 16.4 MPG Highway Percentage 43 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2005 18.0 MPG Highway Percentage 50 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2005 13.3 MPG Highway Percentage 5 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2004 16.7 MPG Highway Percentage 50 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2004 13.2 MPG Highway Percentage 30 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2004 18.8 MPG Highway Percentage 95 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2004 16.4 MPG Highway Percentage 52 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2003 14.4 MPG Highway Percentage 45 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2003 17.8 MPG Highway Percentage 25 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2003 17.6 MPG Highway Percentage 38 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2002 16.1 MPG Highway Percentage 40 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2002 17.0 MPG Highway Percentage 30 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2002 18.2 MPG Highway Percentage 35 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2002 19.2 MPG Highway Percentage 36 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2001 11.4 MPG Highway Percentage 0 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2000 17.8 MPG Highway Percentage 58 percent
Year Body/Powertrain flat, hilly, or mountainousLand driving style: very light to "lead foot"Foot A/C use: none to heavyA/C constant stop and goTraf % many stops per mileCity % stop every mile or twoSub % fairly steady speedHwy % Hwy Spd MPG
2015 4dr SUV 290-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
hills med light 45 0 15 40 75 20.9  
2013 4dr SUV 290-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat light light 25 0 30 45 70 21.8  
2012 4dr SUV 290-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat light none 0 0 20 80 110 21.4  
2012 4dr SUV 290-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat med none 0 31 17 52 71 18.4  
2011 4dr SUV 290-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat light light 9 73 9 9 60 15.6  
2011 4dr SUV 290-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed automatic AWD
flat light none 10 0 10 80 55 22.0  
2009 4dr SUV 292-horsepower 4.6L V8
6-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
flat light none 0 0 0 100 60 18.5  
2009 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
hills light hvy 5 20 30 45 60 19.2  
2008 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic RWD
flat light hvy 0 5 20 75 60 16.5  
2008 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
flat light hvy 0 0 63 37 65 16.6  
2008 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
hills med none 6 27 50 17 75 16.7  
2007 4dr SUV 292-horsepower 4.6L V8
6-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
hills med hvy 1 6 13 82 75 17.2  
2007 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
flat med light 24 8 7 61 90 17.7  
2006 4dr SUV 292-horsepower 4.6L V8
6-speed automatic RWD
flat light light 2 18 19 61 68 18.3  
2006 4dr SUV 292-horsepower 4.6L V8
6-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
flat med light 4 17 41 37 78 15.1  
2006 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic RWD
flat med light 20 23 28 29 70 18.1  
2006 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
flat light light 5 30 22 44 65 16.4  
2005 4dr SUV 239-horsepower 4.6L V8
5-speed automatic RWD
flat med light 0 9 9 83 75 17.5  
2005 4dr SUV 239-horsepower 4.6L V8
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
flat light light 5 18 33 43 80 16.4  
2005 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic RWD
flat lead hvy 20 20 10 50 60 18.0  
2005 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
flat light none 45 45 5 5 55 13.3  
2004 4dr SUV 239-horsepower 4.6L V8
5-speed automatic AWD
flat light light 17 20 13 50 60 16.7  
2004 4dr SUV 239-horsepower 4.6L V8
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
flat light light 7 35 28 30 75 13.2  
2004 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic RWD
flat med hvy 5 0 0 95 65 18.8  
2004 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
hills light hvy 10 20 18 52 63 16.4  
2003 4dr SUV 239-horsepower 4.6L V8
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
flat med light 5 17 32 45 81 14.4  
2003 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic RWD
flat med light 18 45 13 25 65 17.8  
2003 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
flat med light 16 14 32 38 74 17.6  
2002 4dr SUV 239-horsepower 4.6L V8
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
hills med light 17 26 17 40 89 16.1  
2002 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed manual 4WD w/low range
flat med hvy 0 40 30 30 65 17.0  
2002 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic RWD
flat light light 7 22 37 35 70 18.2  
2002 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
flat med light 18 3 44 36 70 19.2  
2001 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
flat light none 0 75 25 0 0 11.4  
2000 4dr SUV 215-horsepower 5.0L V8
4-speed automatic AWD
flat v.lt none 0 10 33 58 60 17.8  

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Dodge Durango vs. Ford Explorer MPG

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TrueDelta Reviews the Real Gas Mileage of the Dodge Durango

Dodge Durango Real Gas Mileage: Cons
YearComment
2006 The new-for-2014 eight-speed automatic does its best to wring competitive fuel economy out of the 3.6-liter V6, but the Durango AWD's curb weight, at 5,000 pounds about 600 more than the Pathfinder's, poses an apparently insurmountable handicap. The 2014 Dodge's EPA ratings of 17 mpg city, 24 mpg highway are higher than the 2013's, but only by a single mpg. The Pathfinder, with its lower curb weight and efficiency-boosting continuously variable transmission (CVT), manages 19/25. In my real-world testing the Nissan's advantage seemed at least as large as the EPA ratings suggest. In the suburbs the Dodge's trip computer usually reported averages in the high teens, while the Nissan's reported averages in the low-to-mid 20s. The best suburban average I observed in the Durango was not quite 21, compared to the Nissan's 26. In the Dodge's defense, I tested it in unusually cold weather, so the apples-to-apples difference might be closer to the 12 percent suggested by the EPA city ratings. The Nissan's CVT isn't nearly as much an advantage and the Dodge's extra pounds aren't as much a disadvantage in highway cruising, so I'm not surprised that their EPA highway numbers are closer. It's worth nothing that, while it can't match the Pathfinder, the Durango V6's ratings are much better than the 14/22 of the optional "Hemi" V8. You won't find better numbers in a conventional SUV of this size without the assistance of a diesel engine (offered in the Jeep). see full Dodge Durango review
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Real Gas Mileage of the Dodge Durango

Dodge Durango Real Gas Mileage: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2004 4dr SUV 330-horsepower 5.7L V8
5-speed automatic AWD w/low range
over 20 mpg highway is fine. see full Dodge Durango review
Dodge Durango Real Gas Mileage: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2007 4dr SUV 235-horsepower 4.7L V8
5-speed automatic AWD
Mileage is actually pretty good for an 8 person hauler, but compared to our old 5 passenger SUV we are giving up 2-3 MPG. Will know more after a couple more fill-ups for sure. see full Dodge Durango review
2006 4dr SUV 335-horsepower 5.7L V8
5-speed automatic AWD w/low range
14-16 mpg city,20 highway but for size not unexpected and better than some others in this class see full Dodge Durango review
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Real Gas Mileage of the Ford Explorer

Ford Explorer Real Gas Mileage: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2013 4dr SUV turbocharged 365hp 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
We initially went in looking for a commuter vehicle with High mpg... but the sport they had jumped out at us and we were on the hunt for one... in the wife's daily 45 mile drive to work she's averaging 20 mpg which is comparable to the Audi's 4 cylinder and my truck's 8 cylinder. see full Ford Explorer review
2011 4dr SUV 290-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Best in Class all that needs to be said. see full Ford Explorer review
2011 4dr SUV 290-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
For such a beast I'm pleased with the gas mileage. I average 19-21 in almost all city/suburban stoplight and rush hour driving. Highway mileage drops fast if you drive over 70. Keep it under 70 and I get about 24. see full Ford Explorer review
2003 4dr SUV 239-horsepower 4.6L V8
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
For a mid-sized SUV, fuel economy is still as good or better than many 2008 cross-overs, and has all of the luxury features I like. see full Ford Explorer review
Ford Explorer Real Gas Mileage: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2007 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
Not really bad, but not that great either. To be expected for a vehicle this heavy see full Ford Explorer review
2006 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
13-15 mpg around town, ouch! see full Ford Explorer review
2005 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
wish it was higher. Part of our problem is that wanted and bought a model with the towing package. The lower gearing does impact fuel economy see full Ford Explorer review
2005 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic RWD
Could be better see full Ford Explorer review
2004 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
Gets poor fuel economy, but that is expected from a large SUV see full Ford Explorer review
2004 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
13 - 14.5 for a V6! Ridiculous. see full Ford Explorer review
2002 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
For a low output V6 (210hp) I would expect better gas mileage for this 4,400 suv. I average 14 to 18 mpg per tank depending on mix of city/highway. see full Ford Explorer review
2002 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
17 miles to the gallon on a six. see full Ford Explorer review