Chevy Traverse Vs. Dodge Durango

By Justin Cupler | April 4th, 2019

The 2019 Chevy Traverse and 2019 Dodge Durango are crossovers, technically, but their rugged looks give them the appearance of SUVs. Underneath, though, their chassis offer the comfortable ride and agile handling of a sedan. While they share a lot, these crossovers have some differences that align them with different buyers in the Linwood area. Find out which one is better for you below.

Exterior

The Chevy Traverse is one of the mode SUV-looking crossovers on the market today with its upright body panels, defined shoulders, and bold grille. This is right up the ally of the traditional SUV buyers who is just converting to a crossover.

The Dodge Durango is also an SUV-like crossover thanks to its more rugged-looking body. In fact, the only thing keeping it from being a true SUV is its lack of a body-on-frame construction. Setting the Durango apart from the Traverse — and pretty much every other crossover — are its performance models, R/T and SRT, and their sporty-looking bodies.

In terms of sizing, the Traverse is larger in almost every dimension. The only areas where the Durango is larger is in height, ground clearance, and weight.

 

Measurement 2019 Chevy Traverse 2019 Dodge Durango Difference
Length 204.3 inches 201.2 inches +3.1 inches
Width 78.6 inches 75.8 inches +2.8 inches
Height 70.7 inches 70.9 to 72.7 inches -0.2 to -2 inches
Wheelbase 120.9 inches 119.8 inches +1.1 inches
Ground Clearance
8.1 inches (max)
Curb weight 4,362 to 4,403 pounds 4,680 to 5,510 pounds -1,107 to -318 pounds

 

Advantage: 2019 Chevy Traverse

  • Larger footprint leaves more room inside
  • Newer design
  • Significantly lighter

Advantage: 2019 Dodge Durango

  • Looks like an SUV
  • Sporty touches on R/T and SRT models
  • More ground clearance

Interior

Inside, the 2019 Chevy Traverse has some SUV-like touches with its round HVAC knobs, vertical air vents, and upright dash. It also has some touches of luxury with slivers of leather on its dash and ventilated leather seats.

The Durango has a simpler cabin, but it is also reminiscent of the brand’s modern-day muscle cars with its three-spoke steering wheel, T-handle gear shifter, relatively feature-free dash, and liberal use of the color black. While it’s simple and sporty, the Durango Citadel Anodized Platinum trim hits the luxury mark with its premium leather seating, leather-wrapped dash with real stitching, and more.

Because of its larger body, the 2019 Traverse is larger in almost every seating measurable and cargo area. Plus, the Chevy comes standard with a third row, whereas the Durango’s third row is an option in its base SXT trim.

 

Measurement 2019 Chevy Traverse 2019 Dodge Durango Difference
Front headroom 41.3 inches 39.9 inches +1.4 inches
Front legroom 41 inches 40.3 inches +0.7 inches
Front shoulder room 62.1 inches 58.5 inches +3.6 inches
Front hip room 58.1 inches 57 inches +1.1 inches
Second row headroom 40 inches 39.8 inches +0.2 inches
Second row legroom 38.4 inches 38.6 inches -0.2 inches
Second row shoulder room 62.2 inches 57.7 inches +4.5 inches
Second row hip room 56.9 inches 55.5 inches +1.4 inches
Third row headroom 38.2 inches 37.8 inches +0.4 inches
Third row legroom 33.5 inches 33.5 inches
Third row shoulder room 56.9 inches 50.4 inches +6.5 inches
Third row hip room 48.5 inches 42.4 inches +6.1 inches
Cargo room behind third row 23 cubic feet 17.2 cubic feet +5.8 inches
Cargo room behind second row 58.1 cubic feet 43.3 cubic feet +14.8 inches
Cargo room behind first row 98.2 cubic feet 85.1 cubic feet +13.1 inches

 

Advantage: 2019 Chevy Traverse

  • Three rows standard
  • Tons more passenger room
  • Big cargo-room advantage

Advantage: 2019 Dodge Durango

  • Luxurious Citadel Anodized Platinum trim
  • Sporty touches on R/T and SRT models

Performance

Crossovers generally offer limited performance, but the Chevy Traverse and Dodge Durango buck that trend. The 2019 Traverse’s standard 3.6-liter V-6 engine cranks out 310 horsepower and pushes it to 60 mph in just 6.3 seconds. In the RS trim, it swaps in a 257-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo four-pot that zips it to 60 mph in 7.1 seconds. Front-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is available with the V-6 engine.

The Durango takes performance to a new level in its upper trims, but starts modest with a 3.6-liter V-6 that pumps out up to 295 horsepower. This pushes the Durango to 60 mph in a respectable 7.4 seconds. In the R/T trim, which uses a 360-horsepower 5.7-liter V-8, things get exciting with its 6.2-second 0-to-60 sprint time. The SRT model drops in a 475-horsepower 6.4-liter V-8 that zips it to 60 mph in a neck-breaking 4.7 seconds.

Towing is not a huge deal in the crossover segment, but the Traverse is competent with a 5,000-pound rating with its V-6 engine. The Durango is a towing master with its 6,200-pound base towing capacity, 7,400-pound capacity with the 5.7-liter V-8, and 8,200-pound capacity with the 6.4-liter engine.  

 

2019 Chevy Traverse 2019 Dodge Durango Difference
Standard Engine 3.6-liter V-6 engine 3.6-liter V-6
Horsepower 310 hp at 6,800 rpm 293 to 295  hp at 6,400 rpm +17 to +15 hp
Torque 266 lb-ft at 2,800 rpm 260 lb-ft at 4,000 rpm +6 mpg
Transmission 9-spd automatic 8-spd automatic
Driveline FWD (Std.)/AWD (opt.) RWD (std.)/AWD (opt.)
0-60 time 6.3 seconds 7.4 seconds -1.1 seconds
Towing capacity 5,000 pounds 6,200 pounds -1,200 pounds
MPG City 17 to 18 mpg 18 to 19 mpg -2 to 0 mpg
MPG Highway 25 to 27 mpg 25 to 26 mpg 1 to +1 mpg
MPG Combined 20 to 21 mpg 21 mpg 1 to 0 mpg
Optional Engine 2.0-liter turbo 4-cyl 5.7-liter V-8
Horsepower 257 hp at 5,500 rpm 360 hp at 5,150 rpm -50 hp
Torque 295 lb-ft at 3,000 rpm 390 lb-ft at 4,250 rpm -124 lb-ft
Transmission 9-spd automatic 8-spd automatic
Driveline FWD RWD (std.)/AWD (opt.)
0-60 time 7.1 seconds 6.2 seconds +1.1 seconds
Towing capacity 1,500 pounds 7,400 pounds -2,400 pounds
MPG City 20 mpg 14 +3 to +4 mpg
MPG Highway 26 mpg 22 +3 to +5 mpg
MPG Combined 22 mpg 17 +3 to +4 mpg
Optional Engine
6.4-liter V-8
Horsepower
475 hp at 6,000 rpm -165 hp
Torque
470 lb-ft at 4,300 rpm -204 lb-ft
Transmission
8-spd automatic
Driveline
AWD
0-60 time
4.7 seconds +1.6 seconds
Towing capacity
8,700 pounds -3,700 pounds
MPG City
13 +4 to +5 mpg
MPG Highway
19 +6 to +8 mpg
MPG Combined
15 +5 to +6 mpg

 

Advantage: 2019 Chevy Traverse

  • Quicker than base Durango
  • Huge fuel economy advantage
  • Softer ride

Advantage: 2019 Dodge Durango

  • Super-fast with V-8 engines
  • Performance suspension in SRT model
  • Big-time towing

Pricing and Features

The 2019 Chevy Traverse has seven trim levels — L, LS, LT Cloth, LT Leather, RS, Premier, and High Country — and its starting prices range from $31,125 to $54,395.

 

There are five trim levels in the 2019 Dodge Durango lineup: SXT, GT, R/T, Citadel,. And SRT. Their starting prices range from $30,195 to $62,995.

2019 Chevy Traverse Key Features and Pricing by Trim

L: $31,125

  • 3.6-liter V-6 engine
  • Nine-speed automatic transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes
  • Automatic engine stop/start
  • HID headlights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Black-painted mirror caps
  • Heated, power outside mirrors
  • 18-inch bright-silver aluminum wheels
  • Rear intermittent wiper
  • Upper and lower active aero shutters
  • Digital compass
  • Chevrolet Infotainment System
  • 7-inch touchscreen
  • Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • USB ports
  • Voice command
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • Eight-passenger seating
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Power windows with one-touch-down front windows
  • Teen driver
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi
  • Chevrolet Connected Access capable
  • Rear-seat reminder
  • Rearview camera

 

LS: $34,095

  • All L features, plus
  • Deep-tinted glass

 

LT Cloth: $36,595

  • All LS features, plus
  • Body-color mirror caps
  • Black roof rails
  • Mirror-integrated turn signals
  • Fog lights
  • Seven-passenger seating
  • Eight-way power driver’s seat
  • SiriusXM radio
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • One-touch-up/down driver’s window

 

LT Leather: $40,295

  • All LT Cloth features, plus
  • Power liftgate
  • Remote ignition
  • Enhanced 4.2-inch multicolor driver information display
  • Six-way power passenger seat
  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • Heated front seats
  • Leather upholstery
  • Universal home remote
  • Blind-zone alert
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Rear parking sensors

 

RS: $44,295

  • All LT Leather features, plus
  • 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine
  • 20-inch dark Android-painted wheels
  • Black roof rails, bow tie emblems, and window trim
  • Black Ice front grille
  • Chevrolet Infotainment System with Navigation
  • Bose premium 10-speaker audio system
  • Rear camera mirror
  • 360-degree camera
  • 120-volt power outlet

 

Premier: $46,695

  • All LT Leather features, plus
  • Dual-outlet exhaust with rectangular tips
  • LED bi-function projector-beam headlights
  • Auto-dimming outside mirrors
  • Body-color moldings with chrome inserts
  • Chrome door handles and roof rails
  • 20-inch Argent Metallic machine-face aluminum wheels
  • Hands-free power liftgate
  • Power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Two-position memory for driver’s seat, mirrors, and steering column
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Perforated leather seating
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Heated second-row captain’s chairs
  • Wireless charging

 

High Country: $54,395

  • All Premier features, plus
  • All-wheel drive
  • Heavy-duty cooling
  • Trailer hitch
  • 20-inch polished-aluminum wheels
  • Rear skylight
  • 60/40 power-folding third row
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Forward collision alert
  • Following distance indicator
  • Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian braking
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Adaptive cruise control

2019 Dodge Durango Key Features and Pricing by Trim

SXT: $30,195

  • 3.6-liter V-6 engine
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Sport mode
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes
  • Electric power steering
  • Eco Suspension III
  • 18-inch Technical Gray aluminum wheels
  • Body-color front fascia with accent=color lower fascia and bright insert
  • Bright-chrome grille with black accent
  • Auto-on/off halogen headlights
  • Projector fog lights
  • Power, heated, body-color mirrors
  • Variable-intermittent, speed-sensitive windshield wipers
  • Rear wiper with fixed intermittent speeds
  • 7-inch configurable gauge cluster
  • Rear air conditioner with rear controls
  • Three-zone automatic climate control
  • Cargo compartment cover
  • Full-length floor console with two illuminated cup holders
  • 12-volt power outlet in center console
  • Overhead console with LED map lights
  • Overhead console sunglasses storage
  • Front and rear floor mats
  • Double Cross mesh cloth seating with Carolina Cloth bolsters
  • Fold-flat front passenger seat
  • Second-row 60/40 split-folding second-row seats
  • Perforated-leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Steering-wheel-mounted audio controls
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Two USB ports
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • Uconnect 4 infotainment system
  • 7-inch touchscreen
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • Ambient door-lighting
  • Two 12-volt power outlets in console
  • Keyless entry
  • Keyless ignition
  • Hill-start assist
  • Rearview camera
  • Trailer sway control

 

SXT Plus: $34,190

  • All SXT features, plus
  • Third-row seating
  • Power eight-way driver’s seat
  • Second-row 60/40 Fold and Tumble seat
  • SiriusXM
  • Bright roof rails
  • Rear parking sensors

 

GT: $34,645

  • All SXT features, plus
  • Dual exhaust outlets
  • Body-color performance front fascia
  • Performance-design grille
  • LED fog lights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Body-color wheel-lip moldings
  • 20-inch Satin Carbon aluminum wheels
  • Third-row floor mat
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Eight-way power driver’s seat
  • Fold-and-tumble 60/40 second-row seat
  • 50/50 split-folding third-row seat
  • SiriusXM
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Universal garage door opener

 

GT Plus: $38,995

  • All GT features, plus
  • Auto-dimming driver’s side-view mirror
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated second-row seats
  • Leather seating with suede inserts
  • Six-way power passenger seat
  • 115-volt power outlet
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Memory for driver’s seat and mirrors
  • Universal garage door opener
  • Dual charge-only USB ports
  • Bright front door sill scuff plates
  • Mirror-integrated turn signals
  • Remote ignition
  • Security alarm

 

R/T: $43,995

  • All GT features, plus
  • 5.7-liter V-8 engine
  • Heavy-duty disc brakes
  • Performance-tuned suspension
  • Sport suspension with lowered ride height
  • Performance-tuned steering
  • Load-leveling rear suspension
  • Performance-design hood withy center air intake and dual heat extractors
  • Power liftgate
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • HID low-beam headlights
  • Power-folding, auto-dimming mirrors with two-position memory
  • Remote engine start
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Bright cargo-area scuff plate
  • Power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Driver’s seat and steering wheel memory
  • Leather-and-suede seats
  • Four-way power passenger’s seat
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated rear seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • SiriusXM Traffic Plus
  • SiriusXM Travel Link
  • Nine-speaker Alpine audio system with 506 watts
  • Uconnect 4C NAV
  • 8.4-inch touchscreen
  • 115-volt power outlet
  • Front parking sensors

 

Citadel: $43,995

  • All GT features, plus
  • Heavy-duty brakes
  • Body-color front fascia with bright inserts and applique
  • Bright-chrome-trimmed grille with premium accents
  • Power liftgate
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Low-beam HID headlights
  • Projector fog lights
  • Chrome, power-folding mirrors with memory
  • Auto-dimming driver’s side mirror
  • Bright roof rails
  • Remote ignition
  • Sunroof
  • 20-inch polished-aluminum wheels
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Bright cargo-area scuff plate
  • Second-row mini floor console with cup holders
  • Two-position driver’s seat memory
  • Power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Two-position memory steering wheel
  • Capri leather seating with Capri vinyl bolsters
  • Four-way power passenger
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated second-row seats
  • Fold-and-Tumble second-row captain’s chairs
  • Heated steering wheel
  • SiriusXM Traffic Plus
  • SiriusXM Travel Link
  • Nine-speaker Alpine audio system
  • Uconnect 8.4 NAV
  • 115-volt power outlet
  • Front and rear parking sensors

 

Citadel Anodized Platinum: $46,270

  • All Citadel features, plus
  • 20-Inch Satin-Carbon wheels
  • Black roof rails
  • Body-color wheel-lip molding
  • Platinum badging
  • Platinum fog light bezels
  • Platinum front fascias
  • Platinum grille with platinum texture
  • Platinum rear lower fascia
  • Platinum chrome door handles
  • Black headlight bezels
  • Sill with platinum accent
  • Luxury-leather-trimmed seats
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Hand-wrapped and stitched dash
  • Premium interior accents
  • Cargo compartment cover

 

SRT: $62,995

  • All R/T features, plus
  • 6.4-liter V-8 engine
  • Brembo disc brakes
  • SRT performance-tuned suspension
  • Adaptive suspension
  • Performance-tuned all-wheel drive
  • 20-inch Black Noise wheels
  • Body-color performance front fascia
  • Body-color upper and lower rear fascia
  • Adaptive headlights
  • Second-row mini floor console with cup holders
  • Leather-wrapped armrest and center console
  • Black velour floor mats with “SRT” logos
  • Performance Nappa and suede Black seats with perforated inserts and
  • silver accent stitching
  • Embossed SRT logo on seats
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Fold-and-tumble second-row captain’s chairs
  • Premium-leather-wrapped steering wheel

Who Should Buy the 2019 Chevy Traverse?

Got a big family and need all the room you can get? The 2019 Chevy Traverse’s three rows are roomier than the Durango, and the Traverse’s suspension is better-tuned for a soft ride.  

Who Should Buy the 2019 Dodge Durango?

Not ready to give up on true SUVs yet? The Durango is a great transition vehicle with its SUV-like design. Also, buyers looking for a dose of performance will find that and more in the Durango R/T and SRT.

 

Tackle the streets of Linwood in the 2019 Chevy Traverse, a rugged crossover with plenty of premium options and power. Come to Garber Chevrolet Linwood serving the Standish and Bay City areas today to test drive the 2019 Traverse and see how it fits your family. If you can’t make it to Linwood or Bay City area Chevy dealership today, you can check out our online inventory page to see what 2019 Traverse models we have in stock that fit your needs. You can always schedule a test drive later.