Jones Auto Centers Compares 2015 Chevrolet EQUINOX VS 2015 Dodge Durango Near Buckeye, AZ

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2015 Chevrolet EQUINOX

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2015 Chevrolet EQUINOX

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2015 Dodge Durango

Safety Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front shoulder belts of the Chevrolet Equinox are height-adjustable, and the rear seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The Dodge Durango doesn’t offer comfort guides on its rear seat belts.

Both the Equinox and Durango have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Equinox has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The Durango’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

The Equinox (except LS)’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The Durango doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

Both the Equinox and the Durango have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available all wheel drive.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Chevrolet Equinox is safer than the Dodge Durango:

Equinox

Durango

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

34%

34%

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Chevrolet Equinox is safer than the Dodge Durango:

Equinox

Durango

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

12 inches

14 inches

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Instrumented handling tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and analysis of its dimensions indicate that the Equinox, with its four-star roll-over rating, is 2.1% to 5.4% less likely to roll over than the Durango, which received a three-star rating.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the Equinox as a “Top Pick” for 2014. The Durango has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

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The Equinox’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Durango’s (6/100,000 vs. 5/100,000).

Chevrolet pays for scheduled maintenance on the Equinox for 2 years and 24,000 miles. Chevrolet will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Dodge doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Durango.

There are over 43 percent more Chevrolet dealers than there are Dodge dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Equinox’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the Equinox have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the 5.7 V8 in the Durango.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Chevrolet Equinox V6’s reliability will be 34% better than the Durango and the Chevrolet Equinox 4 cyl. will be 46% better than the Durango.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Equinox second among compact suvs in their 2013 Initial Quality Study. The Durango isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 18 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 21st, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 13th in reliability. With 49 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 30th.

Engine Comparison

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As tested in Consumer Reports the Chevrolet Equinox V6 is faster than the Dodge Durango V6:

Equinox

Durango

Zero to 30 MPH

2.5 sec

3.1 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7.1 sec

8.3 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.8 sec

6 sec

Quarter Mile

15.4 sec

16.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

92.7 MPH

87.5 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Chevrolet Equinox uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Durango with the 5.7 V8 engine requires mid-grade for maximum efficiency, which can cost 5 to 40 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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The Equinox’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs standard on the Durango V6 are solid, not vented.

The Equinox stops much shorter than the Durango:

Equinox

Durango

60 to 0 MPH

134 feet

144 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

143 feet

160 feet

Consumer Reports

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The Equinox has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Equinox flat and controlled during cornering. The Durango’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

Chassis Comparison

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The Chevrolet Equinox may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 1000 to 1250 pounds less than the Dodge Durango.

The Equinox is 1 foot, 1.4 inches shorter than the Durango, making the Equinox easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The Equinox 4 cyl. uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Durango doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space Comparison

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The Equinox has 1 inch more front headroom, .9 inches more front legroom, 1.3 inches more rear legroom, 8.3 inches more rear hip room and 4.9 inches more rear shoulder room than the Durango.

The front step up height for the Equinox is 2.5 inches lower than the Durango (18” vs. 20.5”). The Equinox’s rear step up height is 2.4 inches lower than the Durango’s (18.25” vs. 20.6”).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The Equinox has a much larger cargo area than the Durango with its rear seat up (31.5 vs. 17.2 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Equinox easier. The Equinox’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 28.8 inches, while the Durango’s liftover is 32.2 inches.

Ergonomics Comparison

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The Equinox’s front and rear power windows all lower with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Durango’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open them fully.

Standard IntelliLink for the Equinox LT/LTZ allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including playing internet radio stations and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Durango doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Equinox, connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily. Bluetooth costs extra on the Durango.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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Insurance will cost less for the Equinox owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Equinox will cost $260 to $1605 less than the Durango over a five-year period.

The Equinox will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The Intellichoice estimates that the Equinox will retain 47.58% to 50.41% of its original price after five years, while the Durango only retains 43.08% to 47.04%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Equinox is less expensive to operate than the Durango because typical repairs cost much less on the Equinox than the Durango, including $423 less for a timing belt/chain.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Chevrolet Equinox will be $8502 to $12662 less than for the Dodge Durango.

Recommendations Comparison

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The Chevrolet Equinox outsold the Dodge Durango by almost four to one during the 2014 model year.

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