Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2012 Land Rover LR4 VS 2012 Dodge Durango Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2012 Land Rover LR4

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2012 Dodge Durango

Safety Comparison

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All Wheel Drive is standard on the LR4. But it costs extra on the Durango.

The LR4 HSE offers an optional Surround Camera System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Durango only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

Both the LR4 and the Durango have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Warranty Comparison

The LR4 comes with a full 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck. The Durango’s 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The LR4 comes with free roadside assistance for 4 years 50,000 miles. Land Rover 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 LR4’s corrosion warranty is 1 year and unlimited miles longer than the Durango’s (6/unlimited vs. 5/100,000).

Land Rover pays for scheduled maintenance on the LR4 for 1 year and 15000 miles. Land Rover will pay for oil changes, tire rotation, lubrication and any other scheduled maintenance. Dodge doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Durango.

Reliability Comparison

For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the LR4 has an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the 5.7 V8 in the Durango.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2011 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Land Rover vehicles are better in initial quality than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Land Rover 26th in initial quality. With 14 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 32nd.

Engine Comparison

The LR4’s 5.0 DOHC V8 produces 85 more horsepower (375 vs. 290) and 115 lbs.-ft. more torque (375 vs. 260) than the Durango’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6. The LR4’s 5.0 DOHC V8 produces 15 more horsepower (375 vs. 360) than the Durango’s optional 5.7 V8.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Land Rover LR4 is faster than the Dodge Durango:

LR4

Durango V6

Durango V8

Zero to 30 MPH

2.7 sec

3.8 sec

3.1 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7.1 sec

9.4 sec

8.1 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.4 sec

6.3 sec

5.2 sec

Quarter Mile

15.5 sec

17.1 sec

16.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93 MPH

85.8 MPH

87.9 MPH

For more instantaneous acceleration and better engine flexibility in any gear, the LR4’s engine produces its peak torque at lower RPM’s than the Durango:

Torque

LR4 5.0 DOHC V8

3500 RPM

Durango 3.6 DOHC V6

4800 RPM

Durango 5.7 V8

4250 RPM

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the LR4’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Durango:

LR4

Durango

Durango HD

Front Rotors

14.2 inches

13 inches

13.8 inches

Rear Rotors

13.8 inches

13 inches

13 inches

The LR4’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs standard on the Durango are solid, not vented.

The LR4 stops much shorter than the Durango:

LR4

Durango

70 to 0 MPH

172 feet

176 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

142 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

142 feet

160 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The LR4’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Durango SXT/Crew’s standard 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the LR4 has standard 19 inch wheels. Smaller 18 inch wheels are standard on the Durango SXT/Crew.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The front and rear suspension of the LR4 uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the Durango, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

The LR4 HSE executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Durango Crew 4x4 (28.3 seconds @ .6 average G’s vs. 28.8 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the LR4 has a 1.4 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Durango (9.5 vs. 8.1 inches), allowing the LR4 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

The LR4 is 9.7 inches shorter than the Durango, making the LR4 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

The LR4 has .5 inches more front headroom, 2.1 inches more front legroom, .5 inches more front shoulder room, 2.6 inches more rear headroom, .9 inches more rear shoulder room, 2.3 inches more third row headroom and 4.8 inches more third row legroom than the Durango.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The LR4’s cargo area provides more volume than the Durango.

LR4

Durango

Second Seat Folded

90.3 cubic feet

84.5 cubic feet

The LR4’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the tailgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The Durango’s rear cargo window doesn’t open.

Ergonomics Comparison

The LR4’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. An easy entry system costs extra on the Durango, and is not available on all models.

The LR4’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Durango’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

If the windows are left down on the LR4 the driver can raise them all using the keyless remote; on a hot day the driver can lower the windows. The driver of the Durango can only raise the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The LR4’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Durango’s standard intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the LR4 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Durango doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The LR4 has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Durango doesn’t offer headlight washers.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the LR4 HSE offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Durango doesn’t offer cornering lights.

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