The 3 Best New Dodge Durango Alternatives of 2021

The Dodge Durango is getting the ax. Since Dodge will no longer produce Durango models for the foreseeable future it’s time to start looking at other mid-size SUV options. Here are the three best new Dodge Durango alternatives of 2021.

The Honda Passport is a more conventional mid-size SUV

A white Honda Passport is on display at the 111th Annual Chicago Auto Show at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois on February 8, 2019.
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The 2021 Honda Passport is a great mid-size SUV option for those looking for a new SUV. It starts at $32,790. The Honda Passport uses a 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 280 horsepower. It gets 20 miles per gallon in the city and 25 miles per gallon on the highway. The Passport got a 79/100 on its Consumer Reports road test.

The Honda Passport’s fuel economy isn’t drastically better than the 2021 Dodge Durango’s fuel economy. It accelerates slower and has less power. The Passport’s strenghts are its comfort and standard safety features. The 2021 Honda Passport may not be as exciting as the Dodge Durango, but it offers great value, especially at higher trim levels.

The Mazda CX9 is a classy Dodge Durango alternative

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The Mazda CX9 may not be as tough and gritty as the Dodge Durango, but it sure is classy. The Mazda CX9 starts at $34,160. It uses a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 250 horsepower. It gets 22 miles per gallon in the city and 28 miles per gallon on the highway.

The 2021 Mazda CX9’s cabin is reminiscent of a luxury SUV. It usues quality materials and provides a great ride quality. The CX9 comes with plenty of advanced driver assistance features inlcuding Mazda Radar Cruise Control that adjusts to the flow of traffic. Who needs power when you’ve got a more refined, quality SUV?

The Ford Explorer is a powerful Dodge Durango alternative

A white Ford Explorer is parked on a boardwalk.
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The Ford Explorer delivers power that is very similar to the Dodge Durango. It has a greater towing capacity than both the Honda Passport and Mazda CX9. It uses a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine to make a whopping 300 horsepower.

The 2021 Ford Explorer starts at $32,925. It gets 27 miles per gallon in the city and 29 miles per gallon on the highway. The Explorer has a better fuel econonomy than most vehicles in its class. Its ride quality, power and fuel economy make it the perfect Dodge Durango alternative.

What to look for in a mid-size SUV

A blue Ford Explorer SUV is parked on a sandy beach.
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Plenty of mid-size SUV models struggle with fuel economy. Most models provide decent cabin space and an adequate interior. Most are relatively powerful as well.

When searching for a good mid-size SUV options like the Ford Explorer provide the most value at affordable prices. The days of the powerful Dodge Durango may be coming to an end but there are still great alternatives on the market.

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