Compare 2014 Ford Flex vs 2014 Mazda CX-9

2014 Ford Flex
2014 Mazda CX-9
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4-Door Limited AWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Flex 4-Door Limited AWD 17 23 $36,881 $39,550
Flex 4-Door Limited AWD w/EcoBoost 16 23 $39,515 $42,375
Flex 4-Door Limited FWD 18 25 $35,062 $37,600
Flex 4-Door SE FWD 18 25 $27,346 $29,015
Flex 4-Door SEL AWD 17 23 $31,566 $33,850
Flex 4-Door SEL FWD 18 25 $29,747 $31,900
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AWD 4-Door Grand Touring
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
CX-9 AWD 4-Door Grand Touring 16 22 $34,658 $36,625
CX-9 AWD 4-Door Sport 16 22 $29,885 $31,575
CX-9 AWD 4-Door Touring 16 22 $32,243 $34,070
CX-9 FWD 4-Door Grand Touring 17 24 $33,157 $35,035
CX-9 FWD 4-Door Sport 17 24 $28,382 $29,985
CX-9 FWD 4-Door Touring 17 24 $30,739 $32,480

Pricing

Invoice Price

$36,881
$34,658

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$39,550
$36,625

Monthly Payment Estimate

$659 / month
$610 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

8.8
7.6

TCC’s Bottom Line

Boring isn't in its vocabulary: the 2014 Ford Flex makes owning a family wagon a statement of style. The 2014 Mazda CX-9 is one of the most engaging large crossovers from the driver's seat; but the CX-9 is no standout for efficiency, like the brand's newer cars.

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Fuel Economy

City

17 mpg 16 mpg

Highway

23 mpg 22 mpg

Vehicle

EPA Classification

Standard SUV 4WD Small SUV 4WD

Interior Dimensions

Second Hip Room (in)

55 56

Passenger Volume (ft³)

155.8 139.4

Front Shoulder Room (in)

58.4 59.4

Third Leg Room (in)

33.3 32.4

Second Head Room (in)

40.5 39

Third Hip Room (in)

41.1 43.7

Second Shoulder Room (in)

58.1 58.7

Passenger Capacity

7 7

Front Leg Room (in)

40.8 40.9

Third Head Room (in)

38.7 35.4

Front Hip Room (in)

55.5 56.5

Third Shoulder Room (in)

50.8 56.9

Second Leg Room (in)

44.3 39.8

Front Head Room (in)

41.8 39.6

Exterior Dimensions

Track Width, Rear (in)

65.4 64.7

Wheelbase (in)

117.9 113.2

Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)

75.9 76.2

Track Width, Front (in)

65.4 65.1

Min Ground Clearance (in)

5.9 -

Length, Overall (in)

201.8 200.2

Height, Overall (in)

68 68

Liftover Height (in)

- 30.9

Cargo Area Dimensions

Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)

83.2 100.7

Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)

20 17.2

Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)

43.2 48.3

Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)

- 34.8

Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)

- 19

Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)

- 46.1

Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)

- 48.9

Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)

- 58.5

Brakes

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)

13 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

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

19 20.1

Steering

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)

40.7 37.4

Steering Type

Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion

Tires

Front Tire Size

P235/55HR19 P245/50VR20

Spare Tire Size

Compact Compact

Front Tire Order Code

NA NA

Spare Tire Order Code

NA NA

Rear Tire Size

P235/55HR19 P245/50VR20

Rear Tire Order Code

NA NA

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)

4643 4559

Wheels

Spare Wheel Size (in)

Compact Compact

Rear Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum

Rear Wheel Size (in)

19 X 8 20 X 7.5

Front Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum

Spare Wheel Material

Steel Steel

Front Wheel Size (in)

19 X 8 20 X 7.5

Electrical

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

650 -

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

- 110

Engine

SAE Net Torque @ RPM

254 @ 4000 270 @ 4250

Engine Order Code

998 NA

Displacement

3.5 L/213 3.7 L/227

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM

287 @ 6500 273 @ 6250

Engine Type

Regular Unleaded V-6 Regular Unleaded V-6

Fuel System

Sequential MPI Sequential MPI

Mileage

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

19 18

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

23 22

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

17 16

Transmission

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

3.65 3.46

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

1.84 1.55

Trans Type

6 6

Drivetrain

All Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.00 0.86

Trans Description Cont. Again

NA NA

Reverse Ratio (:1)

2.88 3.39

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

2.87 2.37

Trans Order Code

44J NA

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.41 1.15

Trans Description Cont.

Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.74 0.69

First Gear Ratio (:1)

4.48 4.15

Summary

Vehicle Name

Ford Flex Mazda CX-9

Body Style

Sport Utility Sport Utility

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

9.7 (Est) 10.1 (Est)

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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