Date Posted: December 18, 2018

The 2019 Chevy Traverse in Las Cruces is a midsize SUV that mixes adventure and city driving well. Its size and structure can attract any person on the road. How does it fare compared to the 2019 Dodge Durango, which is a soulful beast in its own right? Learn more about the strengths of each vehicle, and find out which midsize SUV is the best of them all.


Safety Comparison

A midsize SUV requires a comprehensive safety system because of its size. The 2019 Chevy Traverse and 2019 Dodge Durango have safety systems that match the quality of their respective features. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has tested each vehicle's systems and has determined that the Dodge Durango has the upper hand when it comes to passive safety.

The Chevrolet Traverse scored well with crashworthiness, but fell short with front crash prevention, only managing a basic rating. In addition, the Traverse's child seat anchors (LATCH) only had an acceptable rating. On the other hand, the Dodge Durango garnered a Superior rating for its front crash prevention aspect, while the child seat anchors were also user-friendly.

Midsize SUVs have also made strides in active safety systems by placing cameras and sensors all over their vehicles. One such feature is the rear camera for parking assistance. This feature gives the driver a full view of its rear, making it easier to back into or out of parking spots. While the Chevrolet Traverse has a rear camera mirror for higher trims, it doesn't come standard. The 2019 Dodge Durango, meanwhile, has a standard rear camera for parking, making it the winner for this category.

Passenger Space Comparison

The exterior toughness of these SUVs runs in contrast to the calm and comfortable interiors found inside them. Full of thoughtful details and soft-touch materials, the 2019 Chevy Traverse and 2019 Dodge Durango wasted no opportunity in giving maximum comfort to their passengers. Each offers standard seating for seven passengers, with each passenger enjoying spacious conveniences of 40 inches of headroom and legroom and 60 inches of hip and shoulder room. Both also offer cargo room of up to 90 feet behind the first row with the seats folded down.

The Dodge Durango wins the interiors battle with standout features though. First is the Rear Seat DVD Entertainment Center and Video System. Passengers can enjoy DVDs during a trip through specially installed screens in the back of the front seats, keeping them busy during long journeys. This is absent on the Chevy Traverse. In addition, the Dodge Durango has an Alpine audio system with clarity and bass sounds that outperform the Chevy Traverse's BOSE sound system. While both have classy interiors, the clear edge goes to the Dodge Durango.

Reliability Comparison

Judging which midsize SUV is more reliable is a conundrum since reliability is the core trait of such large vehicles. Apart from that, the 2019 Chevy Traverse and 2019 Dodge Durango have identical warranties - 3 years/36,000 miles for the limited basic warranty and 5 years/ 60,000 miles for the powertrain.

However, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Chevy Traverse has already received 32 complaints from users, while the Dodge Durango has not yet received any complaints. Judging by this, the Dodge Durango holds the edge.

Engine Comparison

Of course, what good would the midsize SUVs be without a mighty engine to support it? Sure enough, the 2019 Chevy Traverse and the 2019 Dodge Durango have engines that live up to the vehicles' reputations. Both SUVs offer 3.6-liter V6 engines, which can generate up to 300 hp and 260 lb-ft torque. However, the Dodge Durango gives more engine options.

One such engine is the 5.7L HEMI V8 which produces 360 hp and 390 lb-ft torque. On the other hand, the Dodge Durango SRT AWD model offers the 6.4L HEMI V8, which can put out a blistering 475 hp and 470 lb-ft torque. With the variety of engines offered, the Dodge Durango emerges as the more flexible vehicle.

The Dodge Durango is Your Midsize SUV Choice

The 2019 Chevy Traverse in Las Cruces is a vehicle well engineered for both off-road adventures and smooth city driving. Moreover, it steals attention with its appearance. However, the 2019 Dodge Durango is more attractive inside and out, with a better record in engine performance, user reliability, and road safety. Click to view our 2019 Dodge Durango inventory.


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