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 Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD Small Sport Utility Vehicles 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 All Wheel
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
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
--
Overall Side Crash Rating
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Side Barrier Rating
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
--
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
--
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
--
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating

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