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2018 Ford Explorer vs. 2018 Mazda CX-9 at Laird Noller Automotive

2018 Ford Explorer

2018 Mazda CX-9

2018 Mazda CX-9

2018 Ford Explorer


2018 Mazda CX-9

Price (MSRP)

280-365 hp


250 hp
255-350 lb-ft


310 lb-ft
27 mpg highway, 19 mpg city

Max fuel economy

28 mpg highway, 22 mpg city

Seating capacity


2018 Ford Explorer vs. 2018 Mazda CX-9

There are plenty of options for crossover SUVs–including the Ford Escape–but if you need something larger and sturdier, it’s time to consider the 2018 Ford Explorer and 2018 Mazda CX-9. These vehicles both offer a variety of great benefits, including:

  • 7-passenger seating
  • Available all-wheel drive (AWD)
  • 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty
  • Available leather upholstery and heated seats
  • Advanced infotainment systems

There are a number of differences that should be taken into consideration, though, so follow this guide from Laird Noller Automotive to help you decide which option is best for you.

Power and Efficiency

The 2018 Ford Explorer and 2018 Mazda CX-9 are both offered with AWD, but they deliver noticeably different levels of performance and efficiency. For instance, the 2018 Ford Explorer comes with a 3.5L V6 engine that produces as much as 365 hp, significantly higher than the Mazda CX-9 at 250 hp. However, the Mazda CX-9 receives better fuel efficiency, making it an ideal choice for those looking to save on gas.

2018 Ford Explorer

Design and Features

Both of these SUVs include three rows of seats for up to seven passengers and are offered with advanced infotainment systems: Ford SYNC® in the Explorer and Mazda Connect™ in the CX-9. They also come with features like leather upholstery, heated seats, and smartphone app integration. However, differences in design lead to different strengths in these two crossovers:

2018 Mazda CX-9
2018 Ford Explorer


2018 Mazda CX-9

Seating capacity

171.3 cubic feet

Total interior volume

149.5 cubic feet
21.0 cubic feet

Dedicated cargo space

14.4 cubic feet
38.9 feet

Turning circle

38.8 feet

Get Your Next Three-Row Crossover from Laird Noller Automotive

Come to Laird Noller Automotive today and check out our full selection of new Mazdas and new Fords, including the CX-9 and Explorer. We make it easy for your to finance a new crossover, and our service team is here for you when your need us with Quick Lane car service. We’re located at 2245 S.W. Topeka Boulevard in Topeka, KS, and be sure to contact us with any questions you may have.

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