It's early in their product lives, but already it's obvious that the new Durango and new Explorer are all-timers — vastly better than the trucklets they replace, and among the very best crossovers available at any price. So picking a winner here is like picking between Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays, Magic and Bird, Gurney and Foyt. Pick whichever one fits the peculiarities of your life best and you can feel confident you did well.
But the numbers crunch down to a slight victory for the Explorer over the Durango. Some of us prefer the Durango over the Explorer as new vehicles, but feel more confident recommending a Ford over a Dodge based solely on their respective reputations for long-term quality — and that counts in the scoring.
So the Explorer racked up 82.7 points to the Durango's 80.3. That's eyelash close.
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