Compare 2018 Ford Explorer vs 2018 Mazda CX-9

2018 Ford Explorer
2018 Mazda CX-9
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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
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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 $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
$33,090
$39,996
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$34,290
$42,270
Monthly Payment Estimate
$572 / month
$705 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.7
6.7
TCC’s Bottom Line
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
16 mpg 20 mpg
Highway
22 mpg 26 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Standard Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD Small Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
56.8 57.4
Front Shoulder Room (in)
61.5 57.9
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
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
67 65.2
Wheelbase (in)
112.8 115.3
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
78.9 77.5
Track Width, Front (in)
67 65.3
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.3 -
Length, Overall (in)
198.3 199.4
Height, Overall (in)
70 67.6
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 Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- 40.2
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- 50.5
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- 58.6
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- 30.3
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- 84.9
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
- 21.5
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.8 12.6
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.6 19.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.9 38.8
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Front Tire Size
P245/60HR18 P255/50VR20
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
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
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 350
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 350
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 3500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 3500
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)
2000 3500
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4629 4361
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
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
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
540 -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
175 150
Engine
Engine Type
Regular Unleaded V-6 Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Sequential MPI Gasoline Direct Injection
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
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
16 20
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
18 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
22 26
Transmission
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
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
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.71
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.88 3.99
Summary
Body Style
Sport Utility Sport Utility
Vehicle Name
Ford Explorer Mazda CX-9
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
9.8 7.7
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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