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Ford Explorer vs. Dodge Durango Gas Mileage (MPG)

Unlike other fuel economy surveys, TrueDelta's Real-World Gas Mileage Survey includes questions about how and where a car was driven. So you can get an idea of the Ford Explorer and Dodge Durango's where a car was driven. So you can get an idea of the Array's real-world MPG based on how and where you drive a car.

Reported MPG

Chart is based on 110 fuel economy reports for the Ford Explorer and 52 fuel economy reports for the Dodge Durango.

Ford Explorer Gas Mileage

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
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 light 0 13 23 64 72 18.7  
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 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 22 30 28 71 17.9  
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 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 4WD w/low range
flat v.lt none 0 10 33 58 60 17.8  

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Dodge Durango Gas Mileage

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
2012 4dr SUV 360-horsepower 5.7L V8
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD w/low range
flat light none 33 20 0 47 73 16.6  
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 20 15 50 15 110 13.8  
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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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.
2011 4dr SUV 290-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Best in Class all that needs to be said.
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.
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.
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
2006 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
13-15 mpg around town, ouch!
2005 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic RWD
Could be better
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
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
2004 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
13 - 14.5 for a V6! Ridiculous.
2002 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
17 miles to the gallon on a six.
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.
 

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.
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.
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