2019 Mazda CX-9 vs 2019 Ford Explorer

2019 Mazda CX-9 vs 2019 Ford Explorer

With the Mazda CX-9, Mazda has brought its A-game to the biggest competitors in the large SUV space, and they came to conquer. That much becomes obvious when you compare the Mazda CX-9 to the likes of Ford, and we will do just that with our 2019 Mazda CX-9 vs 2019 Ford Explorer comparison. We’ll look at everything from price to towing capability and show you that the Mazda CX-9 is the clear winner in this comparison.

If you don’t need a comparison to convince you, and you are looking for a large SUV in the Memphis, TN area, then click the link below to check out what Gwatney Mazda of Germantown has in store for you with our new Mazda CX-9 inventory. Otherwise, keep reading and see how these two SUVs truly compare.

2019 Mazda CX-9


2019 Ford Explorer

$32,280 Starting MSRP $32,365
22-City / 28 Highway Standard Fuel Economy (MPG) 17-City / 24 Highway
3,500 Pounds Standard Towing Capacity 2,000 Pounds
7 Passengers Max Seating 7 Passengers

Is the 2019 Mazda CX-9 better than the 2019 Ford Explorer?

Looking at the MSRP numbers above, the price comparison may seem like a weak argument to make, but you have to remember that Ford loves to strip down their models at the base trim level whereas Mazda brings a base model that you will actually want to drive with the 2019 Mazda CX-9 Sport.

Not only do you get LED headlights and taillights, 18-inch alloy wheels, and push-button start all standard with the Sport, but if you go up in trim level, you will also find that this price gap grows rapidly. In fact, the top Ford Explorer Platinum trim comes in at an MSRP of $54,165. The 2019 Mazda CX-9 Signature trim has a much more reasonable starting MSRP of $45,365.

When you start comparing other numbers, the 2019 Mazda CX-9 continues to come out on top. Not only does it get better fuel economy, but it also offers a higher standard towing capacity figure. It owes that in part to its 2.5-liter turbo engine that can deliver 250 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. And yes, this engine comes standard.

In all other metrics, these two SUVs are similar. They both offer all-wheel drive across their lineups. They both have standard seating for seven, and they both offer luxury features, but the Mazda CX-9 comes out on top time and time again. We know which one you should pick.

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