2018 Mazda CX-9 vs 2018 Ford Explorer

Passenger side exterior view of a gray 2018 Mazda CX-9 on the left "vs" Passenger side exterior view of a black 2018 Ford Explorer on the right

Trying to choose the right fit SUV can be quite the undertaking. With all the different models available combined with all the options you can choose between, before you know it your comparison spreadsheet is out of control. Even with all of your best organizational efforts, the amassing amounts of data is just too overwhelming. What you need is a simplified head-to-head comparison of two similar SUV models, and that is why we have broken down the important similarities and differences between the 2018 Mazda CX-9 and the 2018 Ford Explorer for you. When you can see key specs and features side-by-side it makes it easier to determine which attractive and accommodating SUV is most fit to meet your daily demands.

2018 Mazda CX-9


2018 Ford Explorer

2.5L SKYACTIV®-G Turbocharged 4-Cylinder Standard Engine 3.5L V6
250 HP/ 310 LB-FT Horsepower/ Torque 290 HP/ 255 LB-FT
SKYACTIV®-Drive 6-Speed Automatic Standard Transmission 6-Speed Automatic
22 MPG City/ 28 MPG HWY Fuel Economy* 17 MPG City/ 24 MPG HWY
*EPA estimates of the Base Trim level with Standard Equipment

Compare the 2018 Mazda CX-9 & the 2018 Ford Explorer

The chart above depicts the standard drivetrain specs of the 2018 Mazda CX-9 and the 2018 Ford Explorer and as you can see the 2018 Mazda CX-9 has more available torque and better fuel economy while the 2018 Explorer does provide more standard horsepower. Both the 2018 CX-9 and the 2018 Explorer make All-Wheel Drive (AWD) available across all trim levels and make it standard on their top trim levels and in AWD the 2018 Mazda CX-9 still averages better fuel economy than the 2018 Explorer.

On the interior of the 2018 Mazda CX-9 and the 2018 Ford Explorer, you will find seating for seven people but the 2018 CX-9 provides passengers with more second-row hip room than the 2018 Explorer does. Standard interior amenities of the 2018 Mazda CX-9 include a 7” Color Touchscreen Display with Bluetooth® Connectivity, a Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel and Shift Knob, Three-Zone Automatic Climate Control, and Remote Entry with Push-Button Start. You can find similar features in the 2018 Ford Explorer once you begin to climb the trim level ladder. With a more efficient standard drivetrain and more standard interior amenities, the 2018 Mazda CX-9 is the easy choice over the 2018 Ford Explorer. Take the 2018 Mazda CX-9 for a test drive today at Royal South Mazda in Bloomington, IN and experience everything that it has to offer.