Mazda CX-9 vs Ford Explorer

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If you’re seeking a well-performing SUV with lots of amenities, you may want to consider the Mazda CX-9 or Explorer. Both vehicles are impressive, but one may be a bit better for your drives around Trevose, Langhorne, Bensalem, and Philadelphia.

To help decide which one that is, we created this Mazda CX-9 vs. Ford Explorer comparison. Discover everything that these midsize SUVs have to offer, and contact us at Faulkner Mazda Trevose if you have any questions.

Mazda CX-9 vs Ford Explorer Interior Design & Amenities

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The Mazda CX-9 may not be classified as a luxury vehicle, but its interior might make you think otherwise.

That’s because it’s filled with top-notch materials like Nappa leather, sculpted aluminum, and genuine Rosewood. They all come together to give the vehicle a sophisticated look and feel to it.

The Ford Explorer, on the other hand, has a solidly built cabin with soft-touch materials throughout. However, many people feel that almost all the trims are a bit plain and unrefined looking.

Each vehicle offers lots of amenities to help keep everyone comfortable. These include heated front and second-row seats. The Mazda even goes a step further and offers a heated steering wheel. This way, you can easily warm your hands on an especially frigid morning.

High-Tech Features in the 2018 Mazda CX-9 vs 2018 Ford Explorer

The Mazda CX-9 and Ford Explorer offer lots of technologies to help make your drives more entertaining.

They both come standard with easy-to-use infotainment systems that include Bluetooth® capability. The system in Mazda CX-9 has a 7-inch touchscreen, while the Explorer has a 4.2-inch display screen. They can each be upgraded to an 8-inch touchscreen in higher trim levels.

The MAZDA CONNECT™ Infotainment System also comes standard with popular music apps like Aha™, Pandora®, and Stitcher™. Unfortunately, if you want anything like those apps in the Ford Explorer, you’ll need to upgrade to a higher trim level.

However, they both offer a trial subscription to SiriusXM® Satellite Radio. With over 100 sports, news, and music channels to choose from, you’ll always find something new to listen to.

Mazda CX-9 vs Explorer Performance Specs

Mazda CX-9 Interior

If you’re looking for an SUV that seamlessly blends athleticism with comfort, then you may be interested in the Mazda CX-9. That’s because it offers sporty handling with a well-tuned suspension and tight steering. Even with this handling, the vehicle still has a cushioned and comfortable ride for everyday driving.

The Explorer, meanwhile, feels comfortable and balanced, great for daily drives. Unfortunately, it offers poor visibility and a wide turning radius, which makes it feel like you’re operating a much larger vehicle. Its size also makes maneuvering through parking lots a bit of a challenge.

Furthermore, the Mazda CX-9 has better fuel economy, which is great for especially long commutes. When equipped with the standard SKYACTIV®-G 2.5T Dynamic Pressure Turbo 4-cylinder engine, the vehicle achieves an EPA-estimated 22 city/28 highway MPG.1

On the other hand, when the Explorer is equipped with its standard 3.5L Ti-VCT V6 engine, it achieves an EPA-estimated 17 city/24 highway MPG.

Mazda CX-9 vs 2018 Explorer: Verdict

If you’re looking for an SUV with an upscale interior, great fuel economy, and loads of features, then the Mazda CX-9 may be the one for you.

If you still need help deciding, then schedule a test drive at Faulkner Mazda Trevose. We’ll let you take the car for a spin, to gauge its performance around Trevose, Langhorne, Bensalem, and Philadelphia.

Don’t wait. Test drive the Mazda CX-9 today!



1EPA-estimated mileage. Actual results will vary.