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John Coyle | May 01, 2019

In this corner, we have the 2019 Chevy Traverse, a family-focused people mover with a ton of available trim levels. 

Next, we have the 2019 Dodge Durango, a capable SUV that shares the rest of the Dodge family's aggressive looks.

The Chevy and the Dodge are both mid-size SUVs with plenty of space and available all-wheel drive, so they're natural adversaries. So let's compare engines, interiors, standard features, and pricing.


First, let’s look at the powertrains. Chevy offers two engines for the Traverse, a turbocharged 255-horsepower four-cylinder, or a 310-horsepower V-6, which is better suited for its size. Both engines come mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. In EPA testing, the four-cylinder delivered 20 miles-per-gallon city, and 26 highway, while the V6 came in at 18 miles-per-gallon city and 27 highway. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available.

In comparison, Dodge offers three engines, a 3.6-liter V6 with 295 horsepower, a 360-horsepower 5.7-liter V8, and a beefy 6.4-liter V8 good for 475 horsepower. In EPA testing, the base V6 was the most economical, at 19 miles-per-gallon city, 26 highway, while the 5.7-liter V8 came in at 14 city and 22 highway, and the top-spec 475-horsepower engine delivered 13 city, 19 highway. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available, and all powertrains come with an eight-speed transmission.

In a vehicle this size, power is important. So we think the Durango’s peppier base engine and robust engine options gives it the edge.

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Cabin Interiors

Now, let’s look inside the cabin. One of the defining features of the Traverse is its roomy interior, and even adults will have room in the third row. Plus, even with none of the seats folded, there’s still 23 cubic-feet of storage available. That said, the generous space makes up for some material quality, as you don’t have to look far to find hard plastic bits.

Material quality is better in the Durango, but despite that advantage, it still manages to feel slightly dated in comparison to the Traverse. And while it matches the Chevy by offering two full sets of LATCH connections, the third row is tight for adults. Also, there’s just over 17 cubic-feet cargo space with all the seats in place, six less than the Traverse.

While both competitors can accommodate plenty of passengers, we think the more cabin and superior storage of the Traverse win out here.

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Infotainment System

Infotainment tech can’t be overlooked when shopping for a vehicle, and both the Chevy and the Dodge are playing to win.

Both come standard with popular a 7-inch touchscreen, along with popular features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and Bluetooth connectivity. Chevy’s MyLink and Dodge’s Uconnect are both intuitive systems with little learning curve, and this makes this section whisker-close.

But we think the Chevy’s standard WiFi hotspot, along with the fact that it has six USB ports, will go a long way toward keeping passengers young and old happy on the road. So we’re going to give the win to the Traverse here.

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Safety is important when evaluating any vehicle. But it’s even more important when looking something designed to transport families. So fittingly, both the Traverse and the Durango have a long list of available safety features, including blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and rear cross traffic alert.

One notable feature that comes on every Traverse is the Teen Driver system, which allows owners to impose caps on both speed and radio volume, and it’s sure to appeal to parents of young drivers.

The Traverse also earned a five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in comparison to the four-star overall rating of the Durango. So while getting much of the latest safety tech involves upgrading to a pricier option package on both vehicles, the Traverse wins regarding safety.

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Value and Price

Now, it’s time to talk price. The base Traverse L starts at $29,930, but if you’re going to want all-wheel drive, you’ll need to step up to the LS trim, and spend $35,280. And if you’re looking for the most advanced safety features, you’ll need to opt for the Premier which starts at $45,300, and add them as a $475 option. The for a fully loaded Traverse with all-wheel drive you’ll need to get the High Country, which starts at $53,000.

The base Durango SXT trim starts at $29,995. Adding advanced safety systems and all-wheel drive means you’ll need to look at the GT trim, and add the $2600 Technology Package, which will bring the price to just over $38,000. The top-of-the-line SRT trim gets the 475-horsepower engine, along with high-performance brakes and suspension. SRT pricing starts at $62,995.

Pricing wise, this is a draw. Both the Traverse and the Durango are large vehicles, and have a proportionally large variety of options and packages, from safety tech to rear-seat entertainment systems. So you’ll have to carefully examine costs and features to determine exactly which trim best fits your needs.

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This contest is close, but the Chevy wins overall. While the Dodge has more powerful engine options and muscular looks, we think the five-star safety rating, better base infotainment, and roomier cabin of the Traverse win the day here.

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