Compare 2018 Chevrolet Traverse vs 2018 Ford Explorer vs 2018 Mazda CX-9

2018 Chevrolet Traverse
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2018 Ford Explorer
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2018 Mazda CX-9
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AWD 4-Door High Country w/2LZ
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Traverse AWD 4-Door High Country w/2LZ 17 25 $49,970 $52,600
Traverse AWD 4-Door LS w/1LS 17 25 $32,870 $34,600
Traverse AWD 4-Door LT Cloth w/1LT 17 25 $36,955 $38,900
Traverse AWD 4-Door LT Leather w/3LT 17 25 $41,515 $43,700
Traverse AWD 4-Door Premier w/1LZ 17 25 $45,505 $47,900
Traverse FWD 4-Door L w/1L0 18 27 $29,780 $29,930
Traverse FWD 4-Door LS w/1LS 18 27 $30,970 $32,600
Traverse FWD 4-Door LT Cloth w/1LT 18 27 $33,345 $35,100
Traverse FWD 4-Door LT Leather w/3LT 18 27 $39,615 $41,700
Traverse FWD 4-Door Premier w/1LZ 18 27 $42,750 $45,000
Traverse FWD 4-Door RS w/2LT 20 26 $40,470 $42,600
Select style
Base 4WD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Explorer Base 4WD 16 22 $33,090 $34,290
Explorer Base FWD 17 24 $31,015 $32,140
Explorer Limited 4WD 18 25 $42,249 $44,240
Explorer Limited FWD 19 27 $40,196 $42,090
Explorer Platinum 4WD 16 22 $51,512 $53,940
Explorer Sport 4WD 16 22 $43,883 $45,950
Explorer XLT 4WD 16 22 $34,690 $36,325
Explorer XLT FWD 17 24 $32,637 $34,175
Select style
Grand Touring AWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
CX-9 Grand Touring AWD 20 26 $39,996 $42,270
CX-9 Grand Touring FWD 22 28 $38,294 $40,470
CX-9 Signature AWD 20 26 $41,930 $44,315
CX-9 Sport AWD 20 26 $32,111 $33,930
CX-9 Sport FWD 22 28 $30,409 $32,130
CX-9 Touring AWD 20 26 $34,788 $36,760
CX-9 Touring FWD 22 28 $33,086 $34,960
Pricing
Invoice Price
$49,970
$33,090
$39,996
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$52,600
$34,290
$42,270
Monthly Payment Estimate
$877 / month
$572 / month
$705 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.4
6.7
6.7
TCC’s Bottom Line
A new powertrain and crisp (but conservative) styling mean the Traverse is once again a contender in the three-row crossover race. The 2018 Ford Explorer has pulled off a graceful transition from clumsy off-roader to genteel family wagon. The 2018 Mazda CX-9 meets or exceeds expectations for what a mainstream three-row crossover can be. Have you seen it?
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Fuel Economy
City
17 mpg 16 mpg 20 mpg
Highway
25 mpg 22 mpg 26 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Sport Utility Vehicles Standard Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD Small Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD
Interior Dimensions
Front Head Room (in)
39.6 41.4 39.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
NA 151.7 135.1
Second Hip Room (in)
56.9 56.8 57.4
Front Shoulder Room (in)
62.1 61.5 57.9
Third Leg Room (in)
33.5 32 29.7
Second Head Room (in)
39 40.6 38.5
Passenger Capacity
7 7 7
Third Hip Room (in)
48.5 40.7 40.1
Second Shoulder Room (in)
62.2 61 58.1
Front Leg Room (in)
41 42.9 41
Third Head Room (in)
38.2 37.8 35.4
Front Hip Room (in)
58.1 57.3 56.7
Third Shoulder Room (in)
57.5 50.8 53.1
Second Leg Room (in)
38.4 39.5 39.4
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - -
Track Width, Rear (in)
67 67 65.2
Wheelbase (in)
120.9 112.8 115.3
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
NA - -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
78.6 78.9 77.5
Track Width, Front (in)
67.3 67 65.3
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 8.3 -
Length, Overall (in)
204.3 - -
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
NA - -
Height, Overall (in)
70.7 70 69
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - - 50.5
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
57.8 43.8 38.2
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - 58.6
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - - 29.6
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - - 84.9
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
98.2 80.7 71.2
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
- TBD - - 21.5
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
23.0 21 14.4
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - - 40.2
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- TBD - 12.8 12.6
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- TBD - 12.8 12.8
Brake Type
Pwr 4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
21.7 18.6 19.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
N/A - -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
NA - -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
39.0 38.9 38.8
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
NA - -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
Q3N NA NA
Front Tire Size
P255/55R20 P245/60HR18 P255/50VR20
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
Q3N NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
ZCD NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P255/55R20 P245/60HR18 P255/50VR20
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
500 200 350
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
500 200 350
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5000 2000 3500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5000 2000 3500
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)
- 2000 3500
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
- TBD - 4629 4361
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
20 x - TBD - 18 X 7.5 20 X 8.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
18 x - TBD - Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
20 x- TBD - 18 X 7.5 20 X 8.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 540 -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
170 175 150
Engine
Displacement
3.6L/- TBD - 3.5 L/213 2.5 L/152
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
310 @ 6800 290 @ 6500 227 @ 5000
Engine Type
Gas V6 Regular Unleaded V-6 Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Direct Injection Sequential MPI Gasoline Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
266 @ 2800 255 @ 4000 310 @ 2000
Engine Order Code
LFY 998-1 NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
25 22 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
17 16 20
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
20 18 23
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA - -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 1.84 1.45
Trans Type
9 6 6
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA - -
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive Four Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 1.00 0.71
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - - -
Reverse Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 2.88 3.99
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 2.87 1.99
Trans Order Code
M3V 44J NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.49 3.65 4.41
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 1.41 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA - -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 0.74 0.60
First Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 4.48 3.49
Summary
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Traverse Ford Explorer Mazda CX-9
Body Style
Sport Utility Sport Utility Sport Utility
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA Strut Strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - -
Suspension Type - Rear
NA Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA Multi-Link Multi-Link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - -
Suspension Type - Front
NA Strut Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA - -
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.8 9.8 7.7
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
NA - -
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
-
Overall Side Crash Rating
-
Side Barrier Rating
-
Side Barrier Rating Driver
-
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
-
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
-
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
-
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
-
Rollover Rating
-

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