Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2017 BMW X5 VS 2017 Dodge Durango Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2017 BMW X5

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2017 Dodge Durango

Safety Comparison

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 6 points, IIHS rates the City Collision Mitigation optional in the X5 as “Superior.” The Durango scores only 3 points and is rated only “Advanced.”

A passive infrared night vision system optional on the X5 helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard. The Durango doesn’t offer a night vision system.

The X5 offers an optional Surround View 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.

The X5’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Durango doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the X5 and the Durango have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, available all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems and blind spot warning systems.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the BMW X5 is safer than the Dodge Durango:

 

X5

Durango

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

30.2%

34%

Leg Forces (l/r)

195/471 lbs.

427/350 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

230

344

Neck Compression

23 lbs.

123 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 BMW X5 is safer than the Dodge Durango:

 

X5

Durango

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.5 inches

1 inches

Abdominal Force

143 G’s

185 G’s

Hip Force

202 lbs.

220 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

71

120

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

Warranty Comparison

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The X5 comes with a full 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The Durango’s 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The X5’s corrosion warranty is 7 years and unlimited miles longer than the Durango’s (12/unlimited vs. 5/100,000).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X5 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. BMW will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Dodge doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Durango.

Reliability Comparison

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For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the X5 have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the 5.7 V8 in the Durango.

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the X5 has a 210-amp alternator. The Durango’s standard 160-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the X5 first among midsize premium SUVs in their 2016 Initial Quality Study. The Durango isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that BMW vehicles are better in initial quality than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 23 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 21st, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 14th in reliability, above the industry average. With 66 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 32nd.

Engine Comparison

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The X5 s/xDrive35i’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. produces 5 more horsepower (300 vs. 295) and 40 lbs.-ft. more torque (300 vs. 260) than the Durango’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6. The X5 xDrive50i’s standard 4.4 turbo V8 produces 85 more horsepower (445 vs. 360) and 90 lbs.-ft. more torque (480 vs. 390) than the Durango’s optional 5.7 V8.

The X5’s 3.0 turbo diesel produces 153 lbs.-ft. more torque (413 vs. 260) than the Durango’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6. The X5’s 3.0 turbo diesel produces 23 lbs.-ft. more torque (413 vs. 390) than the Durango’s optional 5.7 V8.

As tested in Motor Trend the BMW X5 is faster than the Dodge Durango:

 

X5 s/xDrive35i

X5 xDrive50i

Durango V6

Durango V8

Zero to 60 MPH

5.9 sec

4.3 sec

8 sec

6.6 sec

Quarter Mile

14.5 sec

12.8 sec

16.1 sec

15 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

95.1 MPH

106.9 MPH

86.9 MPH

93.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the X5 xDrive35d gets better fuel mileage than the Durango V6 4WD (23 city/29 hwy vs. 18 city/25 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the X5 gets better fuel mileage than the Durango:

 

 

X5

Durango

 

2WD

sDrive35i/Auto

18 city/25 hwy

14 city/22 hwy

V8/Auto

4WD

xDrive35i/Auto

18 city/24 hwy

14 city/22 hwy

V8/Auto

Regenerative brakes improve the X5’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Durango doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Regardless of its engine, the X5’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) Dodge only offers an automatic engine start/stop system on the Durango V6.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the X5 xDrive50i’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Durango:

 

X5

X5 xDrive50i

Durango V6

Durango V8

Front Rotors

13.1 inches

15.2 inches

13 inches

13.8 inches

Rear Rotors

12.6 inches

13.6 inches

13 inches

13 inches

The X5’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 X5 stops much shorter than the Durango:

 

X5

Durango

 

60 to 0 MPH

110 feet

142 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

142 feet

160 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the X5’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Durango (F:275/40R20 & R:315/35R20 vs. 265/60R18).

The X5’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Durango SXT/GT’s standard 60 series tires. The X5’s optional 275/40R20 front and 315/35R20 rear tires have a lower 40 series front and 35 series rear profile than the Durango’s optional 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the X5 has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the Durango SXT/GT.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the X5 can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Durango doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The X5 has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the X5 flat and controlled during cornering. The Durango’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The X5 offers an available adjustable active suspension system, which counteracts cornering forces actively, limiting body roll and improving handling and stability. Dodge doesn’t offer an active suspension on the Durango.

The X5 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.

The X5 xDrive35i xDrive handles at .79 G’s, while the Durango GT pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The X5 xDrive50i xDrive executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.5 seconds quicker than the Durango GT 4x4 (26.3 seconds @ .72 average G’s vs. 28.8 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the X5 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Durango (8.2 vs. 8.1 inches), allowing the X5 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

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The X5 is 8 inches shorter than the Durango, making the X5 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

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The X5 has .6 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more front legroom, 2 inches more front shoulder room and 7.9 inches more rear shoulder room than the Durango.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The X5’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

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The X5’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. An easy entry system costs extra on the Durango.

The X5 offers an optional heads-up display which projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Durango doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The X5’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 X5 the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from outside the vehicle using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the Durango can only raise the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The X5’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 standard on the X5 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 X5 offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Durango doesn’t offer headlight washers.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the X5 has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Durango doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Standard BMW Apps for the X5 allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations, tagging songs to buy them later, following twitter accounts 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 X5, 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.

The X5’s optional Parking Assistant can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Durango doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations Comparison

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the X5 second among midsize premium SUVs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Durango isn’t in the top three in its category.

Strategic Vision rates overall owner satisfaction with vehicle quality. With a Total Quality Index of 885, Strategic Vision rated the BMW X5 9 points higher than the Dodge Durango for 2015. The X5 is ranked first in its class and received the 2015 “Total Quality Award.”

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