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2015 Ford Explorer vs. 2014 Mazda CX-9 Review

Comparison Review

Comfort
The Ford Explorer offers a bit more room for passengers in the back seat than the Mazda CX-9. The Ford Explorer offers just a little more front head- and legroom than the Mazda CX-9, making it a little more comfortable for the driver and front passenger.

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
Since the Ford Explorer is much wider than the Mazda CX-9, finding a wide enough spot in a parking lot may be a bit more challenging. 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 a larger turning radius than the Mazda CX-9, making it slightly more difficult to maneuver 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 significantly less cargo capacity 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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2015 Ford
Explorer

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MSRP*: $30,700 - $43,100

2014 Mazda
CX-9

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MSRP*: $29,985 - $36,625
Cash Back Rebate: Up to $1,000 Up to $500
Low APR Loan: As low as 0.00% --
Lease Incentive: -- As low as 0.02%
City MPG: 16 - 17 16 - 17
Highway MPG: 22 - 24 22 - 24
Engine(s): V-6 V-6
Seating Capacity: 7 - 7 7 - 7
Basic Warranty: 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating
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Frontal Crash Rating
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Side Crash Rating
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Invoice*: $28,935 - $40,191 $28,382 - $34,658

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