When comparing SUVs and Crossovers, two vehicles that come up quite a bit are the 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe and the 2020 Dodge Durango. If you are looking to upgrade your family vehicle, then these vehicles are great contenders. But, which one better suits your needs? Let our team at Cantin Chevrolet located in Laconia, New Hampshire, help you in making the choice that is right for you. Since these vehicles are different when it comes to size, it is expected that the starting prices will also vary. The Tahoe starts at $49,000 in comparison to the starting price of $30,495 for the Durango. Let’s do a quick comparison and find out if the Tahoe is worth the greater price and if it is the right choice for your family!
Power / Towing
One of the most important things to consider when purchasing an SUV is the engine and the towing capacity. The top engine option for the Durango is the 6.4L HEMI® V8, which can tow a maximum of 8,700lbs. The Tahoe’s best available engine is the 6.2L EcoTec3 which can tow up to 8,600lbs. The Durango’s V8 engine comes with an 8-speed transmission whereas the Tahoe’s EcoTec3 engine comes with a 10-speed transmission. These SUVs have a comparable towing capacity, however, the Tahoe’s transmission will deliver a greater amount of control over your power, especially when towing, and provide an overall smoother shifting experience.
The Tahoe and Durango have several variations in engine options. If we compare the most powerful engine offered for each vehicle, we would find that the Tahoe has a better overall fuel efficiency. The Durango’s best engine is only offered with an AWD trim and gets 13 mpg City / 19 mpg Highway. The Tahoe on the other hand can be purchased in a 2WD or 4WD version with the EcoTec3 engine. If you choose the 2WD option, you will get a projected 14 mpg City / 23 mpg Highway. If you decide the 4WD option is the choice for you, then the 14 mpg City / 22 mpg Highway will surely please you just the same.
Where cargo is concerned, the Tahoe outranks the Durango by over 10 cubic feet. The Durango has a max cargo space of 84.5 cubic feet and the Tahoe has an impressive 94.7 cubic feet of cargo space, guaranteeing that you won’t be running out of room any time soon.
Seating is another place where the Tahoe exceeds your expectations. With the ability to seat up to 9 people, you can bring the whole crew along plus some friends! The Durango only has seating for up to 7 people, so you will need to be more selective on who you bring on your excursions. The Tahoe also has a greater amount of legroom for each row compared to the Durango, so short or tall, the Tahoe is the right SUV for you.
Chevrolet had the customer in mind when it created some of the Tahoe’s enhanced convenience features. They equipped the vehicle with acoustic-laminated windshield and inlaid, triple-sealed doors to create an optimized, soothing driving experience. They added a hidden lockable storage compartment with a USB port located inside to provide extra safety for your valuables on or off the charging cable. There are seven available USB ports which far exceeds the Durango’s available USB count. The Tahoe also has an available wireless charging pad which takes your charging needs to a whole new level of convenience.
The Durango and the Tahoe are both at the top of their game when it comes to provided and optional technological features. Both SUVs come with available features such as Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™ and can become a 4G LTE Wi-Fi® Hotspot. The Tahoe goes one step farther with some additional options such as the available head-up display and a new feature called, Key by Amazon which enables your car to become your own personal lockbox drop-off location for all your amazon deliveries when you’re on the go.
Being the Highest Ranked Large SUV in Initial and Long-Term Quality and receiving a 2020 KBB.com 5-Year Cost to Own Award, the Tahoe is the clear choice here. The additions it offers above the Durango, make the Tahoe the undeniable winner in this battle. Here’s to happy driving and more exploring with the whole family, in your new 2020 Tahoe.