Compare 2017 Ford Explorer vs 2017 Mazda CX-9

2017 Ford Explorer
2017 Mazda CX-9
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Base 4WD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Explorer Base 4WD 16 23 $32,626 $33,810
Explorer Base FWD 17 24 $30,553 $31,660
Explorer Limited 4WD 18 25 $41,853 $43,825
Explorer Limited FWD 19 27 $39,800 $41,675
Explorer Platinum 4WD 16 22 $50,839 $53,235
Explorer Sport 4WD 16 22 $43,315 $45,355
Explorer XLT 4WD 16 23 $34,308 $35,925
Explorer XLT FWD 17 24 $32,255 $33,775
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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 $31,534 $33,320
CX-9 Sport FWD 22 28 $29,832 $31,520
CX-9 Touring AWD 20 26 $35,742 $37,770
CX-9 Touring FWD 22 28 $34,040 $35,970
Pricing
Invoice Price
$32,626
$39,996
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$33,810
$42,270
Monthly Payment Estimate
$564 / month
$705 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.7
6.5
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2017 Ford Explorer adds a sport appearance package and Sync 3, both of which are important to today's SUV buyers. With sharp looks inside and out, the CX-9 makes a good first impression—but we are less enthralled with its space utilization inside.
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Fuel Economy
City
16 mpg 20 mpg
Highway
23 mpg 26 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Standard Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD Small Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD
Interior Dimensions
Third Leg Room (in)
32 29.7
Second Head Room (in)
40.6 38.5
Third Hip Room (in)
40.7 40.1
Second Shoulder Room (in)
61 58.1
Passenger Volume (ft³)
151.7 135.1
Front Leg Room (in)
42.9 41
Third Head Room (in)
37.8 35.4
Front Hip Room (in)
57.3 56.7
Third Shoulder Room (in)
50.8 53.1
Second Leg Room (in)
39.5 39.4
Passenger Capacity
7 7
Front Head Room (in)
41.4 39.3
Second Hip Room (in)
56.8 57.4
Front Shoulder Room (in)
61.5 57.9
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
67 65.2
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
78.9 77.2
Track Width, Front (in)
67 65.3
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.3 -
Wheelbase (in)
112.8 115.3
Height, Overall (in)
70 69
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
80.7 71.2
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
21 14.4
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
43.8 38.2
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- 84.9
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
- 21.5
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- 40.2
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- 50.5
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- 58.6
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.8 12.8
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.8 12.6
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.6 19.5
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.9 38.8
Tires
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P245/60HR18 P255/50VR20
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P245/60HR18 P255/50VR20
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 3500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 3500
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)
2000 3500
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 350
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 350
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4629 4327
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 X 7.5 20 X 8.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 X 7.5 20 X 8.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
175 150
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
540 -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
255 @ 4000 310 @ 2000
Engine Order Code
998-1 NA
Displacement
3.5 L/213 2.5 L/152
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
290 @ 6500 227 @ 5000
Engine Type
Regular Unleaded V-6 Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Sequential MPI Gasoline Direct Injection
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
16 20
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
19 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
23 26
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.74 0.60
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.48 3.49
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.65 4.41
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.84 1.45
Trans Type
6 6
Drivetrain
Four Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.71
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.88 3.99
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.87 1.99
Trans Order Code
44J NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Summary
Vehicle Name
Ford Explorer Mazda CX-9
Body Style
Sport Utility Sport Utility
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
9.3 7.6
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
-
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
-
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
-
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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