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2019 Mazda CX-9 vs 2019 Ford Explorer

2019 Mazda CX-9 next to a 2019 Ford Explorer

When you begin shopping for a new midsize three-row crossover SUV, you’ll quickly learn that there are many quality vehicles to choose from in the highly popular and extremely competitive automotive segment. If you want to get behind the wheel of one that can give you everything you want and need, you’ve come to the right place. Two of the top choices over the years continue to be the Mazda CX-9 and Ford Explorer, but which one is the best choice for you? This side-by-side comparison of the 2019 Mazda CX-9 vs 2019 Ford Explorer will help you see the differences between these two crossover SUVs, so you can make the most informed buying decision.

Both the 2019 Mazda CX-9 and 2019 Ford Explorer have a lot to offer shoppers who are looking for versatility and capability, but the new Mazda CX-9 gives you a longer and more impressive list of innovative technology features and luxurious comfort options to choose from. Keep reading to learn even more about these two midsize crossover SUVs.

2019 Mazda CX-9 


2019 Ford Explorer 

$32,280  MSRP  $32,365 
2.5-liter SKYACTIV®-G Turbo  Engine  3.5-liter V-6 
250 hp  Horsepower  290 hp 
22 City/28 Hwy  Fuel Economy Rating (MPG)  17 City/24 Hwy 

2019 Mazda CX-9 and 2019 Ford Explorer Comparison

From the beginning, the 2019 Mazda CX-9 takes an early lead over the 2019 Ford Explorer in this comparison by giving you a standard engine that delivers a higher fuel economy rating. Mazda’s SKYACTIV®-G 2.5-liter Dynamic Pressure Turbo DOHC 4-cylinder engine with Variable Valve Timing cranks out 250 horsepower when using 93 octane premium unleaded fuel and gives you an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of up to 22 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. While the 2019 Ford Explorer does give you 40 more horsepower, it sacrifices fuel efficiency in order to do so and can only deliver an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 17 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway.