2019 Mazda CX-9 vs 2019 Ford Explorer

When searching for the perfect full-size SUV for you and your growing family you want it to retain some sense of style as well as provide efficient performance so you aren’t sticking all of your money into its gas tank. Both the 2019 Mazda CX-9 and the 2019 Ford Explorer provide versatile interior cargo and passenger space and also have sleek and sporty exterior styling while under the hood you will find plenty of horsepower too. You can see all of the similarities and differences between the 2019 Mazda CX-9 and the 2019 Ford Explorer right here below to help you decide which SUV is right for you and your daily needs.

2019 Mazda CX-9


2019 Ford Explorer

2.5L SKYACTIV®-G Dynamic Pressure Turbo 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

Compare the 2019 Mazda CX-9 & the 2019 Ford Explorer

As you can see from the chart above the standard drivetrain of the 2019 Mazda CX-9 provides much better EPA estimated fuel economy as well as torque while the 2019 Ford Explorer delivers slightly more horsepower. Both the 2019 Mazda CX-9 and the 2019 Ford Explorer offer All-Wheel Drive (AWD) for all trim level options and AWD comes standard on the top trim of the Mazda CX-9 and the top two trims of the Ford Explorer.

The 2019 Mazda CX-9 and the 2019 Ford Explorer both have standard seating for seven people but the 2019 CX-9 provides more front row legroom than the Explorer has. The 3nd-row seat inside the 2019 Mazda CX-9 and 2019 Ford Explorer have 50/ 50 split-folding capability while their 2nd-row seats have 60/ 40 split-folding functionality for excellent cargo and passenger versatility

There is a standard 7” Color Touchscreen Display inside the 2019 Mazda CX-9 while the 2019 Ford Explorer only gets a standard 4.2” LCD screen. The 2019 Mazda CX-9 also gets equipped with standard three-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel & shift knob. You can find similar features in the 2019 Ford Explorer once you start paying for trim level upgrades. With its more powerful and efficient engine along with its better standard interior equipment the 2019 Mazda CX-9 is the easy choice over the 2019 Ford Explorer.