2017 Ford Explorer vs 2016 Mazda CX-9

There's really nothing easy when it comes to choosing your next new vehicle, especially in a segment as full as the SUV and crossover class. But, we are here to help take some of the stress out of comparing vehicles by matching up two models you'll likely have at the top of your list: the 2017 Ford Explorer vs the 2016 Mazda CX-9.

Let's start our analysis under the hood. Though unfortunate, it's true that many SUVs in the market these days deliver uninspiring driving experiences. That being said, driving enjoyment has always been something that Mazda excels at, and the same could be said for the new CX-9. But, you could also say the same for the 2017 Explorer, delivering more horsepower than the CX-9 when comparing standard power plants. Moreover, the Explorer is available with two EcoBoost engines, one delivering 365 horsepower and the other producing 280 horsepower with 310 lb-ft of torque. The CX-9, on the other hand, has no other engine options.

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2017 Ford Explorer vs 2016 Mazda CX-9
290 hp, 255 lb-ft of torque Standard Engine Specs 250 hp, 310 lb-ft of torque
2.3L EcoBoost, 3.5L EcoBoost Available Engines None
Up to 80.7 cu ft Cargo Space Up to 71.3 cu ft
Available Available Android Auto/Apple CarPlay Not available

Differences Between the 2017 Ford Explorer and 2016 Mazda CX-9

Of course, engine power isn't the only thing that matters when buying an SUV. After all, no good SUV is complete without providing versatile cargo space. Well, the Explorer excels here as well, with its 80.7 cu ft of cargo room out matching that found in the 2016 CX-9.

Technology is also a significant factor when buying a new vehicle, and you may likely know that Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are some of the most desirable infotainment features for new cars these days. That's why the Explorer offers them with its available SYNC 3 infotainment system. Thoough Mazda's infotainment system found in the CX-9 is often considered one of the better systems in the business, the CX-9 fails to deliver Android Auto or Apple CarPlay technology in any form.

Although we can't share all of the details between the 2017 Ford Explorer vs the 2016 Mazda CX-9, we'd be happy to speak more about it if you give us a call at Holiday Ford. Better yet, schedule a test drive to experience the Explorer for yourself.

2017 Ford Explorer in white
2017 Ford Explorer with sync 3 infotainment
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2017 Ford Explorer with two tone seats