Poll: Dodge Durango or Toyota 4Runner?

Craig Cole
by Craig Cole

With gasoline prices at record lows, more and more Americans are purchasing larger vehicles, which makes perfect sense.

Two husky sport utility vehicles that have their own unique appeal are the Dodge Durango and Toyota 4Runner. The former is more patriotic than The Star-Spangled Banner, the latter specially designed for gnarly off-roading.

The Durango features a base 3.6-liter V6 that puts out up to 295 horsepower, while torque measures 260 lb-ft. Stepping up from here, a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 is also on the menu. It delivers a burly 360 horses with 390 units of twist. Both engines are matched to an eight-speed automatic transmission for enhanced performance and efficiency.

Toyota’s 4Runner is powered by a 4.0-liter V6 engine. It cranks out 270 ponies along with 278 lb-ft of low-RPM torque. A five-speed automatic is the only transmission available.

Which of these sport-utility vehicles do you prefer? Which one would you rather own? Vote in our poll and let your voice be heard!

BUT FIRST: Directly compare the Dodge Durango and Toyota 4Runner here

Craig Cole
Craig Cole

Born and raised in metro Detroit, Craig was steeped in mechanics from childhood. He feels as much at home with a wrench or welding gun in his hand as he does behind the wheel or in front of a camera. Putting his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism to good use, he's always pumping out videos, reviews, and features for AutoGuide.com. When the workday is over, he can be found out driving his fully restored 1936 Ford V8 sedan. Craig has covered the automotive industry full time for more than 10 years and is a member of the Automotive Press Association (APA) and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).

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  • William Crews William Crews on Feb 04, 2016

    Personally, it's no contest; the Toyota wins due to it's off-road prowess, reliability, resale and just overall build quality. With that being said, the new Durango is a very handsome looking vehicle and if I never planned to do any serious off-roading and was leasing it or planning on trading it in within 2-3 years, then I might consider the Durango.

  • Vyurr Vyurr on Feb 19, 2016

    I've got a 99 durango and I've enjoyed it thoroughly for the 17 years I've owned it. This is a model that was body on frame, based on the dodge dakota and had marginal off road abilities. That being said in the last 5 years I've probably had to put about 7 thousand dollars of repairs into it to keep it running. It's in pretty good condition considering it's age, well maintained, but old parts are failing that are incredibly difficult to get to. the last major issue involved replacing a $75 part and $1200 worth of labor. All this being said, as much as I like the appearance of the new durango, I'm not happy with the reduced capabilities from my old model, and the options from the factory do nothing much for me. I have been giving the Toyota serious consideration and am currently hoping to keep the Durango limping along until the next generation of the 4runner is released.