Compare 2020 Ford Explorer vs 2020 Mazda CX-9

2020 Ford Explorer
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Base 4WD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Explorer Base 4WD 20 27 $33,721 $34,765
Explorer Base RWD 21 28 $31,781 $32,765
Explorer Limited 4WD 20 27 $48,125 $50,130
Explorer Limited RWD 21 28 $46,205 $48,130
Explorer Platinum 4WD 18 24 $55,920 $58,250
Explorer ST 4WD 18 24 $52,551 $54,740
Explorer XLT 4WD 20 27 $37,128 $38,675
Explorer XLT RWD 21 28 $35,208 $36,675
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Grand Touring AWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
CX-9 Grand Touring AWD 20 26 $41,104 $43,450
CX-9 Grand Touring FWD 22 28 $39,306 $41,550
CX-9 Signature AWD 20 26 $43,716 $46,215
CX-9 Sport AWD 20 26 $33,859 $35,790
CX-9 Sport FWD 22 28 $32,064 $33,890
CX-9 Touring AWD 20 26 $35,580 $37,610
CX-9 Touring FWD 22 28 $33,784 $35,710
Pricing
Invoice Price
$33,721
$41,104
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$34,765
$43,450
Monthly Payment Estimate
$579 / month
$724 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.8
6.7
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2020 Ford Explorer rediscovers its capable, outdoorsy side without becoming trucklike in any other respect. The 2020 Mazda CX-9 is a crossover SUV that rewards drivers more than it does other passengers.
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Fuel Economy
City
20 mpg 20 mpg
Highway
27 mpg 26 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Standard Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD Small Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD
Interior Dimensions
Front Leg Room (in)
43 41
Third Head Room (in)
38.9 35.4
Front Hip Room (in)
59.2 56.7
Third Shoulder Room (in)
54.6 53.1
Second Leg Room (in)
39 39.4
Front Head Room (in)
40.7 40.1
Passenger Volume (ft³)
152.7 135.8
Second Hip Room (in)
59.1 57.4
Front Shoulder Room (in)
61.8 57.9
Third Leg Room (in)
32.2 29.7
Second Head Room (in)
40.5 38.5
Third Hip Room (in)
40.9 40.1
Passenger Capacity
7 7
Second Shoulder Room (in)
61.9 58.1
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
7.9 -
Length, Overall (in)
198.8 199.4
Liftover Height (in)
32.8 31.7
Height, Overall (in)
69.9 67.6
Track Width, Rear (in)
66.9 65.2
Wheelbase (in)
119.1 115.3
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
78.9 77.5
Track Width, Front (in)
66.9 65.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
18.2 14.4
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
48.1 40.2
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
49.8 50.5
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
47.9 38.2
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
59 58.6
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
33.7 30.3
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
83.9 84.9
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
87.8 71.2
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
20.8 21.5
Brakes
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- 12.8
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
- NA
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- 12.6
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
19.2 19.5
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
- 38.8
Tires
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P255/65HR18 P255/50VR20
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P255/65HR18 P255/50VR20
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 350
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 350
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 3500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 3500
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)
NA 3500
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4345 4388
Wheels
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
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Engine
Engine Type
Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4 Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
310 @ 3500 310 @ 2000
Engine Order Code
99H NA
Displacement
2.3 L/140 2.5 L/152
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
300 @ 5500 227 @ 5000
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
20 20
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
23 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
27 26
Transmission
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
3.00 1.99
Trans Order Code
44T NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.77 1.00
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.85 -
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.27 0.60
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.71 3.49
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.58 4.41
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
2.15 1.45
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 -
Trans Type
10 6
Drivetrain
Four Wheel Drive All Wheel
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.52 0.71
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
4.88 3.99
Summary
Body Style
Sport Utility i-ACTIV AWD Sport Utility
Vehicle Name
Ford Explorer Mazda CX-9
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
7.7 7.8
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- 150
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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2020 Ford Explorer
  • 2020 Explorer redesigned and widely available
  • Up to $4,750 in factory cash
  • Lease from $279 for 36 months
  • Get 0% APR for 60 months + up to $3,500
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2020 Mazda CX-9
  • 2020 CX-9 selection looks good; 2019s sold out
  • New $500 factory rebate for all buyers
  • Lease from $299 for 36 months
  • Get 0.9% APR for 60 months
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