Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2015 Chevrolet TAHOE VS 2015 Dodge Durango Near Phoenix, AZ

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2015 Chevrolet TAHOE

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2015 Dodge Durango

Safety Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front shoulder belts of the Chevrolet Tahoe are height-adjustable, and the middle and rear seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The Dodge Durango doesn’t offer comfort guides on its middle or rear seat belts.

Both the Tahoe and Durango have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Tahoe has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The Durango’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

The Tahoe has a standard front seat center airbag, which deploys between the driver and front passenger, protecting them from injuries caused by striking each other in serious side impacts. The Durango doesn’t offer front seat center airbags.

The Tahoe’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The Durango doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Tahoe has standard Park Assist to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or, optionally, in front of the vehicle. The Durango doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

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

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Chevrolet Tahoe is safer than the Dodge Durango:

Tahoe

Durango

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

33%

34%

Leg Forces (l/r)

167/244 lbs.

427/350 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

285

344

Chest Compression

.6 inches

.7 inches

Neck Compression

74 lbs.

123 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

97/333 lbs.

404/224 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH, results indicate that the Chevrolet Tahoe is safer than the Dodge Durango:

Tahoe

Durango

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

23

25

Chest Movement

.7 inches

1 inches

Abdominal Force

107 G’s

185 G’s

Hip Force

214 lbs.

220 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

107

120

Spine Acceleration

26 G’s

35 G’s

Hip Force

208 lbs.

266 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

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The Tahoe’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Durango’s (6/100,000 vs. 5/100,000).

Chevrolet pays for scheduled maintenance on the Tahoe for 2 years and 24,000 miles. Chevrolet will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Dodge doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Durango.

There are over 43 percent more Chevrolet dealers than there are Dodge dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Tahoe’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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The Tahoe 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 rated the Tahoe third among large suvs in their 2013 Initial Quality Study. The Durango isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 18 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 21st, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 13th in reliability. With 49 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 30th.

Engine Comparison

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The Tahoe’s 5.3 V8 produces 65 more horsepower (355 vs. 290) and 123 lbs.-ft. more torque (383 vs. 260) than the Durango’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6. The Tahoe’s 5.3 V8 produces 60 more horsepower (355 vs. 295) and 123 lbs.-ft. more torque (383 vs. 260) than the Durango Rallye’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Chevrolet Tahoe is faster than the Dodge Durango V6:

Tahoe

Durango

Zero to 60 MPH

7 sec

8 sec

Quarter Mile

15.4 sec

16.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

90.6 MPH

86.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the Tahoe gets better fuel mileage than the Durango:

Tahoe

Durango

2WD

5.3 V8/6-spd Auto

16 city/23 hwy

14 city/23 hwy

5.7 V8/Auto

4WD

5.3 V8/6-spd Auto

16 city/22 hwy

14 city/22 hwy

5.7 V8/Auto

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Chevrolet Tahoe uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Durango with the 5.7 V8 engine requires mid-grade for maximum efficiency, which can cost 5 to 40 cents more per gallon.

The Tahoe has 1.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Durango (26 vs. 24.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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The Tahoe’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 V6 are solid, not vented.

The Tahoe stops much shorter than the Durango:

Tahoe

Durango

60 to 0 MPH

121 feet

142 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

140 feet

160 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the Tahoe’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Durango (285/45R22 vs. 265/60R18).

The Tahoe’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Durango’s optional 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Tahoe offers optional 22-inch wheels. The Durango’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

The Chevrolet Tahoe’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.

The Tahoe has a standard full size spare so your trip isn’t interrupted by a flat. A full size spare costs extra on the Durango Without the option you must depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The Tahoe offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The Durango’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Tahoe is 4.8 inches wider in the front and 4.5 inches wider in the rear than on the Durango.

The Tahoe LTZ 4x4 handles at .76 G’s, while the Durango Limited pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Tahoe LTZ 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Durango Limited 4x4 (28.3 seconds @ .62 average G’s vs. 28.8 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

Passenger Space Comparison

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The Tahoe offers optional seating for 9 passengers; the Durango can only carry 7.

The Tahoe has 2.9 inches more front headroom, 5 inches more front legroom, 3.8 inches more front hip room, 6.3 inches more front shoulder room, .4 inches more rear legroom, 17.5 inches more rear hip room, 14.7 inches more rear shoulder room, .3 inches more third row headroom, 6.5 inches more third row hip room and 12.2 inches more third row shoulder room than the Durango.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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

Tahoe

Durango

Third Seat Folded

51.6 cubic feet

47.7 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

94.7 cubic feet

84.5 cubic feet

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Tahoe’s (except LS) optional second and third row seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Durango doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

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

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Tahoe’s available liftgate can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Durango doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

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

Keyless Access optional on the Tahoe (except LS) allows you to unlock the driver’s door, cargo door and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Dodge Durango doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

The Tahoe’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.

Standard Chevrolet MyLink for the Tahoe LT/LTZ allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including playing internet radio stations and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Durango doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Tahoe, connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily. Bluetooth costs extra on the Durango.

Recommendations Comparison

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The Chevrolet Tahoe outsold the Dodge Durango by 47% during the 2014 model year.

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