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2017 Ford Explorer vs. 2016 Mazda CX-9 Review

Comparison Review

Comfort
Rear passengers will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Ford Explorer than in the Mazda CX-9. The Ford Explorer will be popular with taller drivers and passengers in the front seat, due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Mazda CX-9.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Ford Explorer as you will with the Mazda CX-9, as they are both able to travel similar distances on a tank of gas.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). The Ford Explorer is somewhat more expensive than the Mazda CX-9. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Ford Explorer will cost more in terms of transportation costs than the Mazda CX-9.

Dimensions
When looking at overall length, the Ford Explorer takes up about the same amount of space in your garage as the Mazda CX-9.

Drivetrain
With its lower torque engine, the Ford Explorer doesn't do as good a job transmitting power to its wheels as the Mazda CX-9.

Handling
The Ford Explorer has the same turning radius as the Mazda CX-9, so they both maneuver the same in and out of tight spots.

Performance
In terms of towing capacity, the Mazda CX-9 is clearly the choice over the Ford Explorer for pulling heavy loads. The Ford Explorer has a little more horsepower than the Mazda CX-9.

Utility
In terms of seating, you'll be able to fit about the same number of people in both the Ford Explorer and the Mazda CX-9. The Ford Explorer has a roomier cargo area for putting your bags or other items than the Mazda CX-9.

Warranty
The Ford Explorer comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Mazda CX-9.

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2017 Ford
Explorer

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MSRP*: $31,160 - $53,235

2016 Mazda
CX-9

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MSRP*: $31,520 - $44,015
Cash Back Rebate: Up to $750 Visit Rebate Center
Low APR Loan: As low as 0.00% As low as 1.90%
Lease Incentive: -- As low as 2.86%
City MPG: 16 - 19 21 - 22
Highway MPG: 22 - 27 27 - 28
Engine(s): Inline-4, V-6 Inline-4
Seating Capacity: 7 - 7 7 - 7
Basic Warranty: 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Invoice*: $30,070 - $50,839 $29,833 - $41,645

Days On Lot: Comparing Ease of Negotiation

Days on Lot measures the average number of days a model sits on a dealer's lot before it's sold. This is one predictor of a dealer's willingness to negotiate.

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*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.