Dodge Durango Vs. Chevy Tahoe: Big SUVs Duke it Out for 3-Row Supremacy

By Justin Cupler | October 25th, 2018

Whether you’re commuting to work in Saginaw, Michigan or hauling a tow-behind RV to Midland, the 2019 Dodge Durango and 2019 Chevy Tahoe have plenty to offer. Both have V-8 power and tons of room, but which one is the better buy for our Saginaw, Frankenmuth, Midland, and Bay City new-car buyers? Keep reading to find out.

Exterior

Visually, the 2019 Chevy Tahoe and 2019 Dodge Durango feature simple SUV design languages, but they differ in a few ways.

The Tahoe takes on a very traditional two-box design with sharp corners, flat nose, and longer overhangs. The 2019 Durango, sports an upright body too, but it shows off a little more character with its rounded body lines and sporty additions on the R/T and SRT models.

The Chevy Tahoe is significantly larger than the Durango in almost every measurement. It checks in at 203.9 inches long, 80.5 inches wide, and 74.4 inches high. Compared to the Durango, these measurements make the Tahoe 2.7 inches longer, 4.7 inches wider, and at least 2.7 inches taller.

Despite its body being so much shorter than the Tahoe’s shell, the Durango’s wheelbase is 3.8 inches longer at 119.8 inches. The Durango’s longer wheelbase relative to its body gives it shorter overhangs and a firmer stance, which play to its performance-oriented R/T and SRT trims.

Though its smaller body may take away some interior space, it makes the 2019 Durango much easier to park in tight spaces and zip in and out of traffic.

Advantage: 2019 Dodge Durango

  • Smaller body makes parking easier
  • Longer wheelbase pushes wheels to the corners
  • Sportier look, especially in R/T and SRT trims

Advantage: 2019 Chevy Tahoe

  • More traditional design
  • Larger body leads to more room inside

Interior

The 2019 Dodge Durango and 2019 Chevy Tahoe offer huge interiors with simple styling and high-tech features that parents and kids alike will enjoy. The Tahoe’s higher price tag leaves a little more room for extra luxury and style. The Durango has a lower starting price, which results in a simple base interior. As buyers move into the R/T and SRT models, the Durango’s cabin takes on a sportier look the Tahoe cannot match.

The Chevy Tahoe boasts a larger body, which leads to it beating the Durango in some key measurements. But there are a few places where the Durango’s creative use of space helps it one-up the Chevy.

In the front row, the Durango offers 39.9 inches of headroom, 40.3 inches of legroom, 58.5 inches of shoulder room, and 57 inches of hip room. The Tahoe easily beats the Durango in all three measurements with 42.8 inches of headroom, 45.3 inches of legroom, 64.8 inches of shoulder room, and 60.8 inches of hip room.

In the second row, the 2019 Dodge Durango gains an advantage in headroom with 39.8 inches to the Tahoe’s 38.7 inches. The rest of the Durango’s seating space rings in at 38.6 inches of legroom, 57.7 inches of shoulder room, and 55.5 inches of hip room. The 2019 Chevy Tahoe’s second row offers 39 inches of legroom, 65.1 inches of shoulder room, and 60.3 inches of hip room.

In the third row, the Tahoe comes up tight at 24.8 inches to the Durango’s friendlier 33.5 inches. The rest of the Durango’s third-row measurements are a little light at 37.8 inches of headroom, 50.4 inches of shoulder room, and 42.4 inches of hip room to the Tahoe’s 38.1 inches of headroom, 62.6 inches of shoulder room, and 49.3 inches of hip room.

Cargo hauling is a huge part of these three-row crossovers’ lives, and the Durango does a better job at hauling passengers and cargo with its 17.2 cubic feet of cargo room behind the third row. The Tahoe can only fit up to 15.3 cubes of cargo behind its third row. In all other measurements, the Tahoe’s larger shell puts it ahead as it can tote 51.7 cubes behind its second row and 94.7 cubes behind the first row. The Durango puts up a good fight at up to 43.3 cubes behind its second row and 85.1 cubic feet behind the front seats.

Advantage: 2019 Dodge Durango

  • More third-row legroom
  • Additional standard cargo room
  • Simpler base interior with sporty upgrades

Advantage: 2019 Chevy Tahoe

  • Roomier cabin in most measurables
  • Massive cargo hold with seats folded
  • More premium cabin

Performance

The 2019 Durango and 2019 Tahoe feature two potent V-8 engines, but the Durango separates itself with its standard V-6 engine. Some may see the Durango’s lack of a standard V-8 as a negative, but it gives the Dodge a nice boost in standard fuel economy to 19 mpg city, 26 highway, and 21 combined. The Tahoe’s base fuel economy checks in at 15 mpg city, 22 highway, and 18 combined.

Let’s talk about power, though. The 2019 Durango’s base 3.6-liter V-6 cranks out up to 295 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. A 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 with 360 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque is optional in the Citadel trim and standard in the R/T. Topping the 2019 Durango lineup is the SRT model and its 6.4-liter engine that pumps out 475 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. All three engines pair with an eight-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is standard on the SRT model, while the rest of the lineup comes standard with rear-wheel drive and has optional all-wheel drive.

The 2019 Durango  takes another step away from the Tahoe with the all-around performance of its R/T and SRT models. Both feature upgraded suspension systems — the SRT taking it a notch beyond the R/T with adaptive dampers — which allow them to handle corners at speeds the Tahoe could never dream of.

 

The entire 2019 Chevy Tahoe lineup comes standard with a 5.3-liter V-8 engine that produces 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. This engine mates to a six-speed automatic transmission. In the Premier trim, buyers can opt for the RST Performance package, which adds a 6.2-liter V-8 engine that pipes in 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. This engine pairs with a 10-speed automatic transmission.

We’ve already highlighted the Durango’s V-6 fuel economy, so let’s dig into the V-8 engines’ efficiency. The Durango with the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 gets 14 mpg city, 22 highway, and 17 combined. Opting for the 6.4-liter V-8 drops the fuel economy to 13 mpg city, 19 highway, and 15 combined. The Durango’s V-8 fuel economy is the same whether it has rear- or all-wheel drive. Combining the V-6 with all-wheel drive cuts city and highway fuel economy by 1 mpg each.

The Chevy Tahoe with the 5.3-liter beats the 5.7-liter-equipped Durango slightly with its up to 15 mpg city, 22 highway, and 18 combined. Adding all-wheel drive to the 5.3-liter V-8 drops fuel economy by 1 mpg highway and 1 mpg combined. With the 6.2-liter V-8, the Tahoe gets up to 14 mpg city, 23 highway, and 17 combined. All-wheel drive cuts the 6.2-liter engine’s fuel economy by 1 mpg highway.

Towing plays a huge role in these larger SUVs, and the matchup between the 2019 Durango and 2019 Tahoe is a see-saw battle. The Tahoe’s towing capacity ranges from 8,100 to 8,600 pounds, so the Durango’s lowest towing capacity falls significantly short of the Tahoe at 6,200 pounds. Tipping the scales back in the Durango’s favor is its max capacity, which rings in at 8,700 pounds in the SRT trim.

Advantage:2019 Dodge Durango

  • More peak V-8 power
  • Standard eight-speed transmission
  • High base fuel economy
  • More peak towing
  • High-performance SRT and R/T models

Advantage: 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe

  • More base towing capacity
  • Standard V-8 power
  • More comfortable ride across the lineup

Pricing and Features

The 2019 Dodge Durango has a complex lineup filled with plenty of options, ranging from inexpensive models to raw performance rigs. The trim levels include SXT, GT, Citadel, R/T and SRT, and prices range from $29,995 to $62,995.

The 2019 Chevy Tahoe has a simpler lineup that includes just three trim levels — LS, LT, and Premier — with starting prices ranging from $49,195 to $63,895.

2019 Dodge Durango Key Features and Pricing by Trim

SXT: $29,995

  • 3.6-liter V-6 engine
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Single-exit exhaust
  • Body-color fascia with accented lower section and bright insert
  • Bright-chrome grille with black accent
  • Auto-on/off halogen headlights
  • Projector fog lights
  • Heated, power-operated body-color mirrors
  • Accent-color wheel-lip moldings
  • 18-inch Technical Gray aluminum wheels
  • Variable intermittent wipers
  • 7-inch TFT reconfigurable gauge cluster
  • Three-zone automatic climate control
  • Console with 12-volt outlet and lighted USB port
  • Two front LED map lights
  • Two dome lights
  • Front and rear floor mats
  • Cloth seating
  • 60/40 split-folding second-row seats
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Uconnect media hub with two USB ports
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • Uconnect 7.0 system with 7-inch touchscreen
  • Hill-start assist
  • Proximity key
  • Push-button start
  • Rearview camera
  • Anti-theft with engine immobilizer
  • Trailer sway control

GT: $34,445

  • All SXT features, plus
  • Dual exhaust
  • Body-color “performance” fascia
  • “Performance”-design grille
  • Premium 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 second-row bench
  • 50/50 split-folding third-row seat
  • SiriusXM
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Universal garage door opener

Citadel: $42,995

  • All GT features, plus
  • 20-inch polished aluminum wheels
  • Bright front inserts and applique
  • Bright-chrome-trimmed front grille
  • Projector fog lights
  • Chrome mirror caps
  • Bright roof-rack rails
  • Sunroof
  • Memory driver’s seat, radio presets, mirrors, and more
  • Capri leather seats with Capri vinyl bolsters
  • Power front-seat lumbar
  • Power front seats
  • Heated second-row seats
  • Fold-­and-­Tumble second-row captain’s chairs
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Nine-speaker Alpine audio system with subwoofer
  • Uconnect 8.4 NAV
  • Navigation with SiriusXM Traffic Plus and Travel Link
  • 115-volt power outlet
  • Front park assist
  • Security alarm

R/T: $43,995

  • All GT features, plus
  • 5.7-liter V-8 engine
  • Heavy-duty brakes
  • Performance-tuned suspension
  • Load-leveling rear suspension
  • Hood heat extractors and center intake
  • Power liftgate
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • HID low-beam headlights
  • Auto-dimming mirrors with memory
  • Remote ignition
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Bright cargo-area scuff panel
  • Driver’s seat memory
  • Black leather and suede seats
  • Power front-seat lumbar
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated second-row seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Uconnect with 8.4-inch touchscreen
  • Navigation with SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link
  • SiriusXM
  • Nine-speaker 506-watt Alpine audio system with subwoofer
  • 115-volt power outlet
  • Front parking sensors
  • Security alarm

SRT: $62,995

  • All R/T features, plus
  • 6.4-liter V-8 engine
  • Performance-tuned all-wheel drive
  • 20-inch Black Noise aluminum wheels
  • Brembo brakes
  • SRT performance-tuned suspension
  • Load-leveling rear suspension
  • Adaptive suspension
  • Body-­color upper/lower rear fascia
  • Automatic headlight leveling system
  • Leather-­wrapped armrest and center console
  • Black velour floor mats with SRT Logo
  • Performance Nappa and suede Black seats with perforated inserts and silver accent stitching
  • Ventilated front-row seats
  • Fold-­and-­Tumble second-row captain’s chairs
  • Premium leather-­wrapped steering wheel

2019 Chevy Tahoe Key Features and Pricing by Trim

LS: $49,195

  • 5.3-liter V-8
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Black assist steps
  • Black roof-rack side rails
  • Heated power mirrors
  • 18-inch aluminum wheels with high-polish finish
  • Chevrolet Infotainment System with 8-inch touchscreen
  • Bluetooth with streaming audio
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • Voice-controlled audio system
  • USB port
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • 110-volt power outlet
  • 12-volt power outlet
  • Floor mats
  • 60/40 manual-folding second-row bench seat
  • 60/40 manual-folding third-row bench seat
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Cruise control
  • Power windows and door locks
  • Keyless entry
  • Rearview camera
  • Remote ignition
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Daytime running lights
  • OnStar
  • Rear park assist
  • Teen driver

LT: $54,195

  • All LS features, plus
  • Nine-speaker Bose audio system
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Leather front seats
  • Heated front seats
  • 10-way power front seats with driver’s seat memory
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Power-adjustable pedals
  • Universal home remote
  • Forward collision alert
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Safety-alert rear seat

Premier: $63,895

  • All LT features, plus
  • Magnetic ride control
  • Auto-dimming outside mirrors with integrated turn signals
  • 20-inch polished aluminum wheels
  • Fog lights
  • HID headlights
  • Hands-free power liftgate
  • Navigation
  • 10-speaker Bose Centerpoint audio system
  • Power second-row bucket seats
  • Heated second-row seats
  • Power 60/40 split-folding third row bench seat
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Wireless charging pad
  • Keyless open
  • Lane-change alert with blind-zone alert
  • Keyless ignition
  • Front and rear park assist

Who Should Buy the 2019 Chevy Tahoe?

The 2019 Chevy Tahoe is perfect for the larger family looking for more room for cargo and people. Sure, its third row is a little tight, but its overall passenger and cargo room is superior.

Who Should Buy the 2019 Dodge Durango?

Families looking for the sweet spot between a crossover and SUV will find just that in the Durango. Plus, gearheads looking for a performance vehicle they can tell their significant other is a family car will love the R/T and SRT trims.

Ready to take the 2019 Dodge Durango for a spin around the streets of Saginaw, Michigan? Come by our new-car showroom serving Saginaw, Frankenmuth, Midland, and Bay City today for a test drive. If you can make it by, our inventory is available online too. Check it out to see if we have a 2019 Durango that suits your needs in stock.