Compare 2020 Ford Explorer vs 2020 Mazda CX-9

2020 Ford Explorer
2020 Mazda CX-9
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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 $48,366 $50,380
Explorer Limited RWD 21 28 $46,446 $48,380
Explorer Platinum 4WD 18 24 $55,920 $58,250
Explorer ST 4WD 18 24 $52,551 $54,740
Explorer XLT 4WD 20 27 $37,369 $38,925
Explorer XLT RWD 21 28 $35,449 $36,925
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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
7.0
6.5
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 SUV 4WD Small SUV 4WD
Interior Dimensions
Front Head Room (in)
40.7 40.1
Second Hip Room (in)
59.1 57.4
Front Shoulder Room (in)
61.8 57.9
Third Leg Room (in)
32.2 29.7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
152.7 135.8
Second Head Room (in)
40.5 38.5
Third Hip Room (in)
40.9 40.1
Second Shoulder Room (in)
61.9 58.1
Front Leg Room (in)
43 41
Third Head Room (in)
38.9 35.4
Passenger Capacity
7 7
Front Hip Room (in)
59.2 56.7
Third Shoulder Room (in)
54.6 53.1
Second Leg Room (in)
39 39.4
Exterior Dimensions
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
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.2 -
Length, Overall (in)
198.8 199.4
Liftover Height (in)
32.8 31.7
Height, Overall (in)
70.2 67.6
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
47.9 38.2
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
59 58.6
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
32.8 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
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
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.6 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)
12.6 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)
19.2 19.5
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
- 38.8
Tires
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
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
530 350
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5000 3500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5300 3500
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)
5300 3500
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
500 350
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4345 4388
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
Engine
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
Engine Type
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
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
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.77 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.27 0.60
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 -
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
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
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.85 -
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
3.00 1.99
Trans Order Code
44T NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
Ford Explorer Mazda CX-9
Body Style
Sport Utility i-ACTIV AWD 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
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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