2021 Mazda CX-9 vs 2021 Ford Explorer 

2021 Mazda CX-9 vs 2021 Ford Explorer

Shopping for a new vehicle that’s fit for family life? Over the past decade automakers like Mazda and Ford have moved their interest toward developing a strong roster of SUVs for drivers to choose from. In this comparison we explore some of the most important factors drivers often consider when choosing between the 2021 Mazda CX-9 and the 2021 Ford Explorer.

Both the Mazda CX-9 and the Ford Explorer compete in the class of midsize three-row SUVs, making them close in price, interior space, and power. The comparison table below offers a quick summary of some factors car buyers often consider when cross shopping the lineups.

2021 Mazda CX-9 


2021 Ford Explorer 

$33,960  Starting MSRP  $32,225 
22 city/28 hwy mpg  Fuel Economy  21 city/28 hwy mpg 
Standard Heated Front Seats Optional 
10.25-inch touchscreen  Infotainment System  8-inch touchscreen 

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The 2021 Ford Explorer offers a broad choice of engines, but the 2021 Mazda CX-9 remains a class leader when it comes to handling corners and over-the-road confidence. If that’s not enough, Mazda’s three-row ute tops that with standard automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control with stop/go, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, lane-keeping assistance, and automatic high beams.

New this year, the 2021 Mazda CX-9 has a standard 10.25-inch central touchscreen built into the starting price, outdoing the Explorer’s standard display by a long shot. Other features standard on the CX-9 include three-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry/ignition, heated front seats, heated side mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

The 2021 Mazda CX-9 is available in trim levels Sport, Touring, Carbon Edition, Grand Touring, and Signature. We invite you to contact the Gwatney Mazda team for more information on the 2021 Mazda CX-9 in Memphis, TN.

Heated front seats


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