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2016 Mazda CX-9 vs 2017 Ford Explorer

Full-size crossover vehicles are well-known for being some of the most versatile and capable on the road. They’re consistently lauded in the industry for delivering top-notch styling, performance and innovation inside and out, and today we’re excited to introduce you to two of the most capable; the 2016 Mazda CX-9 and 2017 Ford Explorer both bring a healthy balance of aesthetic and substance to the table, but how well do they match up with each other?

Our team here at Avondale Mazda is committed to helping you make the best decision about which crossover is right for you, so we decided to put the Mazda CX-9 and Explorer up to the test. Let’s jump in and see what these two kings are capable of providing for you and your family!

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2016 Mazda CX-9 vs 2017 Explorer
$31,520 MSRP $31,660
2.5-liter Inline 4 / 227 horsepower Engine / Horsepower

2.3-liter Inline 4 / 280 horsepower

22 city / 28 highway Fuel Economy 19 city / 27 highway
71.3 cubic feet Cargo Volume 80.7 cubic feet

2016 Mazda CX-9 near Phoenix AZ

It’s clear that both the 2016 Mazda CX-9 and 2017 Explorer have your best interests in mind whenever you step behind the wheel. Both offer relatively equal power displacements for their weight (the Mazda CX-9 coming in at up to 400 pounds lighter than the Explorer) and ample room to store all your belongings safely and comfortably. However, though there are some clear advantages that the Explorer holds, the Mazda CX-9 takes the upper hand in the areas that matter most to you. It can achieve greater fuel mileage in both city and highway environments, and stepping inside ushers in a new world of comfort and connectivity. The MazdaConnect™ infotainment system is far superior to the SYNC-3 offering from the Explorer, and a wealth of safety features that the Mazda CX-9 features accents your leather-wrapped driving experience perfectly every time. Some of these available features include:

  • Radar Cruise Control
  • Smart Brake Support
  • Blind Spot Monitoring
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Lane Departure Warning System
  • Lane Keep Assist
  • Many more!

If you are interested in seeing what else the 2016 Mazda CX-9 brings to the table, we encourage you to contact our sales team here at Avondale Mazda. We’ll get you behind the wheel for a test drive and help you work out a financing deal if you’re convinced that the Mazda CX-9 is the right crossover for you. Come and see us today!

2016 Mazda CX-9 exterior styling
2016 Mazda CX-9 interior features and technology
2016 Mazda CX-9 performance
2016 Mazda CX-9 infotainment

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