Ford Explorer Out-climbs a Durango…on a Steep, Snowy Hill! (Video)

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Unstoppable Ford SUV shows that it deserves more off-road credit than it gets, making this climb look effortless.

This awesome clip is from the All Cars Extreme 4×4 YouTube channel and it features a Ford Explorer climbing a snowy hill in the wilderness. We don’t know where this footage was captured, but based on the license plates, river and snow-covered hill is somewhere outside of the United States. At the same time, two popular American vehicles are on display, going head-to-head in the slushy slope.

The Competitors

This video shows some off-roading footage in the snow with a Dodge Durango and a Ford Explorer. We don’t have any details on either vehicle, but we know that the Dodge is from the 1998 through 2003 era while the Ford was sold between 2006 and 2010. Both vehicles have stock wheels, but it appears as though the Durango has slightly more aggressive off-road tires while the Explorer has what looks to be an average road tire.

Ford Explorer Crossing Water

That generation Explorer was sold with a 4.0-liter inline-6 with 210 horsepower or a 4.6-liter V8 with 292 horsepower. The Durango was offered with six different engines during the applicable generation, with power ranging from 175 to 250 horsepower. Since we don’t know which engine each SUV has, we can only say that they are in the same basic range in terms of power and with the Durango having the beefier-looking tires, it would seem that the Dodge would have the advantage.

Explorer Climbing the Hill

Attacking the Hill

The video begins with the Dodge Durango driving down the steep, snowy hill, clearing the way for the Explorer. The hill is situated above a shallow river that has a rock ridge which prevents the vehicles from getting a hard run at the climb. In addition to the deep snow, the footing under the white stuff is loose, making the climb that much harder.

Durango Loses to Explorer

The Explorer hits the hill first, slowly at first and gradually increasing speed as it nears the top, making the climb look easy. The Durango with the beefy tires goes next, taking a line to the left of where the Explorer went up, but the older Dodge gets stuck about half-way up the hill. This forces the Dodge driver to back down the hill for another try and on that second run, the driver goes to the right and makes it to the top. However, the Ford still got up the hill on the right a whole lot smoother.

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"I love covering the automotive industry and everything involved with the job. I was fortunate to turn my love of the automotive world into a hobby that led to an exciting career, with my past of working as a mechanic and as an accountant in the automotive world provides me with a unique perspective of the industry.

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