Should I Buy the Dodge Durango or Jeep Grand Cherokee?

If you’re in the market for a rugged, stylish and reliable car, the Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee are both popular choices. But how do you decide which one is right for you? 


It’s important to look at every facet of these mid-size SUVs before deciding. We’ll look at the important elements of both, including:

  • Specifications
  • Safety
  • Reliability
  • Interior and infotainment
  • Cargo space

Dodge Durango vs. Jeep Grand Cherokee

Both the 2021 Dodge Durango and 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee are identical in their 3.6-liter engines, 295 horsepower and 6,200lbs towing capacity. But there are plenty of areas where they differ. 


The Grand Cherokee boasts better fuel economy – 19 mpg on the highway compared to the Durango’s 14 mpg. However, the Durango can seat up to seven, while the Grand Cherokee only offers seating for five. 


Internally, they’re equally matched on front and rear legroom - 40.3 inches upfront and 38.6 inches in the back – although the Durango has more cargo space at 85.1 cubic feet compared to the Grand Cherokee’s 68.3.


When it comes down to price, the 2021 Durango is the more affordable of the two models, starting from $33,377 - over $9,500 cheaper than the 2021 Grand Cherokee at $42,950. 


2021 Dodge Durango 

From $33,377

Engine: 3.6-liter V6 engine

Miles per gallon: 14 mpg in the city, 22 mpg on the highway


2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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From $42,950

Engine: 3.6-liter V6 engine

Miles per gallon: 19 mpg in the city, 26 mpg on the highway

Head to Head: Safety Features

Both cars offer a host of safety features to keep everyone safe and secure on the road. The 2021 Dodge Durango was rated good for safety in three out of four categories, and medium in the other, by the Institute for Highway Safety, while the Jeep Grand Cherokee was good in four categories but marginal on the driver’s side and poor on the passenger’s side. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the Durango an overall safety rating of four out of five stars, while the Grand Cherokee received five stars.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Safety Features

The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee comes with the Jeep Protech I Safety and Security package, which includes:

  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-path detection
  • ParkSense rear-park assist
  • ParkView rear back up camera
  • High-strength steel chassis
  • Seven airbags
  • Over 70 standard and optional safety and security features

Dodge Durango safety features

The 2021 Dodge Durango is also equipped with an impressive array of safety features, including as standard:

  • Hill start assist
  • LED daytime headlamps
  • Tire pressure monitoring
  • ParkView rear back-up camera


It also offers additional available safety features:

  • ParkSense rear-park assist with stop
  • Blind-spot and cross-path detection
  • Lane departure warning
  • Advance brake assist
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Collision warning

Head to Head: Reliability

This is an important factor to consider when choosing between the Dodge Durango and the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Reliability is calculated using a range of factors (including reviews from owners), but simply put, it predicts how often the car might break down, and how expensive it will be to maintain and repair.  

Dodge Durango reliability

J.D. Power gave the 2021 Dodge Durango a reliability rating of 80/100, which is considered Great. However, Consumer Reports states that the Dodge Durango has been recalled twice by the NHTSA and gives the car just 1/5 for its predicted reliability. The fuel system, climate system, suspension and brakes all scored 1/5, as did the in-car electronics, paint/trim, and power equipment. 

Jeep Grand Cherokee reliability

The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee scores more highly when it comes to reliability. j.D. Power gave it a reliability score of 84/100, with the description of Great and it scored 3/5 with Consumer Reports. With no recalls from the NHTSA, it’s safe to say that the Grand Cherokee trumps the Durango on reliability. 

Head to Head: Interior and Infotainment 

Jeep Grand Cherokee Interior and Infotainment

The Jeep Grand Cherokee features a stylish interior with an easy-to-use touch screen dash and plenty of convenience features like dual-zone air conditioning, driver seat lumbar support and steering wheel controls. 


With six speakers, external digital memory control, voice-activated audio controls and first row LCD monitors, there’s something to help keep the whole family entertained no matter how long the journey. 


Dodge Durango Interior and Infotainment 

The Durango offers a more impressive range of infotainment and a more luxurious finish, with features like available nappa leather seating, USB charging ports, keyless entry and customizable display. Rear-seat entertainment, navigation system and additional charging ports for rear-seat passengers are all optional extras. 

Head to Head: Cargo Space

Both vehicles have plenty of cargo space for the whole family, with 36.3 cubic feet available in the Grand Cherokee and 43.3 cubic feet in the Durango behind the second-row seats. In the Durango, when the third-row seats come into play, this is reduced to 17.2 cubic feet but it can accommodate up to 85.1 cubic feet with the second and third row seats laid flat. 


The maximum cargo space available in the Grand Cherokee is 68.1 cubic feet, which means both cars offer ample room for transporting bulky items like furniture when required. 

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