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2018 Mazda CX-9 vs. 2018 Ford Explorer

gray mazda cx-9 compared to black ford explorer

The largest Mazda currently in production is the crossover Mazda CX-9. The automaker is known for producing efficient, stylish, technologically advanced vehicles. While the Mazda CX-9 encompasses all of those traits, it is also the brand’s most versatile machine.

We will get into details below, but first, we want to compare the 2018 Mazda CX-9 to the 2018 Ford Explorer. The Explorer has been a popular SUV for many years and it has seen a lot of success. It makes for a tough matchup for the Mazda CX-9, so this should be fun!

2018 Mazda CX-9 (base)


2018 Ford Explorer (base)

28 hwy, 22 city, 24 combined EPA-estimated gas mileage 27 hwy, 19 city, 23 combined
Available Adaptive cruise control Not available
Available: With voice activation Integrated navigation system Not available
Standard Blind spot monitoring system Not available

Test drive the 2018 Mazda CX-9 in Irvine CA

The base models of these vehicles are almost identically priced. The Mazda CX-9 starts at $32,130 and the Explorer comes in at $32,140. Despite these similar prices, the Mazda CX-9 comes with more. Adaptive cruise control, which allows the driver to set their following distance, comes available on the base Mazda CX-9 and standard on higher trim levels. This feature cannot be found on the base Explorer. Blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, and built-in navigation are all on the Mazda CX-9 but are not available on the base Ford Explorer.

We mentioned versatility above. Though the Mazda CX-9 is the largest vehicle in the lineup, it still handles like a car. You won’t ever feel like you’re driving some big, bulky SUV. With that being said, it’s also important to know that the Mazda CX-9 can hold up to 71.2 cubic feet of cargo room with the rear seats folded. With subtle sophistication and maximum comfort, the interior of the 2018 Mazda CX-9 feels and looks better than ever before.

Come down to Tuttle-Click Mazda in Irvine to check out this great crossover. We will answer all of your questions and we can even get you set up with a test drive. We hope to see you soon!