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Poll: 2011 Ford Explorer vs. 2011 Dodge Durango - What's your pick?

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Ford Explorer vs. Dodge Durango

The SUV is dead. Long live the SUV!

The 2011 Dodge Durango and Ford Explorer are big departures from the models that they replace. Aside from the usual styling and refinement differences, the biggest changes for these vehicle are that they both ditch the traditional body-on-frame sport-utility vehicle DNA in favor of unibody constructions. By our definition, these once-SUVs are now CUVs, though their respective parent companies continue to brand them as being traditional sport-utes through and through.

Both the Durango and Explorer offer available seating for seven and all-wheel drive, but that's where the similarities start to taper off. Each vehicle offers a choice of two different powertrains, but while Dodge has opted to go a more traditional route with by fielding the Durango with both 3.6-liter V6 and 5.7-liter V8 engines, Ford has gone in the opposite direction by equipping the Explorer with a 2.0-liter EcoBoost inline-four and a 3.5-liter V6. There are pros and cons for each - the Explorer may prove to be more fuel-efficient, but the Durango ought to tow more.

Each of these new crossovers tries to stay true to the traditional SUV mindset, just in different directions. Ford's Terrain Management system will surely come in handy for people who need more off-road prowess, though the end result remains that the Explorer is arguably more of a tall wagon than an honest SUV. The Durango keeps things a bit more and has a strong, presence that we suspect will still be well-received by people who prefer honest-to-goodness sport-utility vehicles.

We could debate the pros and cons of each vehicle all day, and indeed, we're still waiting for the Full Monty-worth of details and specifications, but we still want to know: What do you think? If you had to choose either the Explorer or Durango, which would get your pick? Cast your vote in the poll below and be sure to sound off with your thoughts in Comments.

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Poll: 2011 Ford Explorer vs. 2011 Dodge Durango - What's your pick? originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 02 Sep 2010 19:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Ideally I'd take the Explorer interior with the Durango exterior. No matter how nice the Durango's interior is Ford's will be nicer and is more daring and feature laden. However, I'd pick the Durango because it has better (RWD) proportions, clean lines and a much more harmonious design. I believe it can tow more too.

Both look to be great products.

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Durango. The Explorer is nice don't get me wrong and I'm sure the interior of the Explorer is as nice as the pics make it seem, but the Durango just looks more truckish which I like and I think its a great evolution of the first gen, which has always been on my want list. My father has an '02 Durango and I've nagged him before to let me have it lol.

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Durango in a heartbeat. The Explorer suddenly looks weird, like a duck in the front end. Plus it's got a sideways motor. Can't have that in an SUV.

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Durango in a heartbeat. The Explorer suddenly looks weird, like a duck in the front end. Plus it's got a sideways motor. Can't have that in an SUV.

Agreed... if I'd had to take the lesser of two evils, I'd take the Durango. I feel the Explorer looks too techie... too geeky. The Durango would look better with dropped suspension and a sports package.

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Explorer. Durango isn't bad. Explorer looks more crisp to me and has more detail.

Plus, it has the added benefit of not being a Chrysler.

No interior pics of the Durango, I can't see it being as nice as the Explorer anyways.

I really prefer a crossover anyways. If this thing drives like or better than my Taurus X it's like driving a sedan.

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Durango. Better looking, and I love that it IS a Chrysler.

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