Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2006 Ford Expedition VS 2006 Dodge Durango Near Phoenix, AZ

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2006 Ford Expedition

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2006 Dodge Durango

Safety Comparison

The Expedition (except XLS) offers an optional Reverse Sensing System to help warn drivers about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind their vehicle. This collision warning system uses radar to detect obstacles behind the rear bumper. The Durango doesn’t offer a rear collision sensor.

Both the Expedition and the Durango have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, available head airbags, all wheel drive, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Warranty Comparison

The Expedition comes with free roadside assistance for 3 years 36,000 miles. Ford will send help if you run out of gas, need a jump start, lock your keys in or need any assistance on the road. Dodge doesn’t give free roadside assistance for the Durango.

The Expedition’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Durango runs out after 100,000 miles.

There are over 33 percent more Ford dealers than there are Dodge dealers, which makes it easier to get service under the Expedition’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the Expedition has an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the 5.7 V8 in the Durango.

The Expedition has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Durango doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2005 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 19th in initial quality. With 3 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 23rd.

J.D. Power and Associates’ surveys of the owners of three-year-old cars provide the long-term dependability statistics, which show that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 42 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 23rd.

Engine Comparison

The Expedition’s 5.4 SOHC V8 produces 90 more horsepower (300 vs. 210) and 130 lbs.-ft. more torque (365 vs. 235) than the Durango’s standard 3.7 SOHC V6. The Expedition’s 5.4 SOHC V8 produces 70 more horsepower (300 vs. 230) and 75 lbs.-ft. more torque (365 vs. 290) than the Durango’s optional 4.7 SOHC V8.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford Expedition uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Durango with the 5.7 V8 engine requires mid-grade for maximum efficiency, which can cost 5 to 15 cents more per gallon.

The Expedition has a gallon more fuel capacity than the Durango (28 vs. 27 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

In an emergency stopping situation, many drivers don’t press the brakes with enough force to stop the vehicle in the shortest distance. The Expedition has a standard brake assist system to detect emergency braking situations (by how hard and how quickly the brake pedal is pressed) and then automatically apply maximum braking immediately in order to help prevent a collision. The Durango doesn’t offer a brake assist feature.

The Expedition stops much shorter than the Durango:

Expedition

Durango

70 to 0 MPH

188 feet

205 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

137 feet

145 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Expedition has larger tires than the Durango (265/70R17 vs. 245/70R17).

The Ford Expedition’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Dodge Durango only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For superior ride and handling, the Ford Expedition has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Dodge Durango has a solid rear axle, with a non-independent rear suspension.

The front and rear suspension of the Expedition uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the Durango, which uses torsion bars in front. Coil springs compress more progressively and offer more suspension travel for a smoother ride with less bottoming out.

The Expedition has a standard automatic load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Durango doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

The Expedition has engine speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Durango doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Expedition is 2.5 inches wider in the front and 2.5 inches wider in the rear than on the Durango.

The Expedition’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50% to 50%) than the Durango’s (53.3% to 46.7%). This gives the Expedition more stable handling and braking.

The Expedition XLT 4x4 handles at .70 G’s, while the Durango Limited 4x4 pulls only .67 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Expedition NBX 4x4 goes through Motor Trend’s slalom 2 MPH faster than the Durango Limited 4x4 (56.5 vs. 54.5 MPH).

For greater off-road capability the Expedition has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Durango (8.8 vs. 8.7 inches), allowing the Expedition to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the Expedition has liquid-filled engine mounts. The liquid helps further dampen engine harshness. The Durango uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Expedition offers optional seating for 9 passengers; the Durango can only carry up to 8.

The Expedition has 9.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Durango (165 vs. 155.1).

The Expedition has 4.2 inches more front hip room, 4 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear headroom, 1.3 inches more rear legroom, 5.2 inches more rear hip room, 4.7 inches more rear shoulder room, 1.8 inches more third row legroom, 6.5 inches more third row hip room and 1.2 inches more third row shoulder room than the Durango.

For the ultimate in rear passenger comfort, the Expedition’s standard rear seats recline. The Durango SXT doesn’t offer reclining rear seats.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Expedition’s cargo area provides more volume than the Durango.                                                       

Expedition

Durango

Behind Third Seat

20.7 cubic feet

19 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

110.5 cubic feet

102.4 cubic feet

The Expedition’s cargo area is larger than the Durango’s in every dimension:

Expedition

Durango

Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)

20”/52.6”/87.2”

19”/48”/83.5”

Min Width

50.9”

48.2”

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Expedition. The Durango doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Expedition’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Durango does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Expedition’s standard speed sensitive intermittent wipers speed up as the car does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Durango’s intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Expedition has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Durango only offers an optional automatic headlight on/off feature.

To improve comfort and visibility, the Expedition has standard secondary sun visors that block glare from two directions simultaneously. The Durango doesn’t offer any similar feature.

The Expedition (except XLS/XLT)’s optional air conditioned front seats cool the driver and front passenger and help take the sting out of hot leather in Summer. The Durango doesn’t offer air conditioned front seats.

The Expedition Eddie Bauer/Limited/King Ranch’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Durango doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Economic Advantages Comparison

The Expedition is less expensive to operate than the Durango because typical repairs cost less on the Expedition than the Durango, including $112 less for an alternator, $102 less for a timing belt/chain and $73 less for a power steering pump.

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