2017 Ford Explorer vs 2016 Mazda CX-9

There’s a reason the Ford Explorer has been the best-selling SUV in the United States for 25 years. Actually, there are a number of reasons. Always innovative and never stagnant, the Ford Explorer evolves more and more each model year not to try to keep up with the pack, but to stay at the head of it. And the 2017 Ford Explorer looks to continue that tradition by offering a new XLT Sport Appearance Package, the choice between three powerful and efficient engines and a comprehensive suite of advanced new safety, technology, comfort and convenience features.

Because the Ford Explorer has been sitting at the top of the SUV mountain for so long, its competition has been working tirelessly in an effort to knock it down a peg or two. One of those competitors is the Mazda CX-9. There’s been no word regarding the 2017 Mazda CX-9, so we decided to put the 2017 Explorer up against the 2016 CX-9 in a head-to-head comparison. So let’s take a closer look at both to see which SUV is right for you.

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2017 Ford Explorer VS 2016 Mazda CX-9
$32,105 Starting MSRP $32,420
290 HP Horsepower 227 HP
171.3 cu. ft. Interior Volume 149.5 cu. ft.
81.7 cu. ft. Max Cargo Capacity 71.2 cu. ft.

Advantages of the 2017 Ford Explorer

The first thing that’s going to immediately jump out to many in this comparison is the price tag for each model. Though it’s not by much, the 2017 Ford Explorer is the cheaper of the two. And considering the 2017 Explorer is a newer vehicle, and a better all-around SUV, the cheaper price tag is made that much more impressive.

The 2017 Ford Explorer is also more powerful and more spacious than the 2016 Mazda CX-9. The new Explorer is able to pump out 290 horsepower, while the 2016 CX-9 can only offer 227 horsepower. The 2017 Explorer also provides you with 171.3 cubic feet of interior volume and 81.7 cubic feet of maximum cargo capacity, while the 2016 CX-9 can only provide 149.5 cubic feet of interior volume and 71.2 cubic feet of maximum cargo capacity.

In the end, with its cheaper price tag, superior power and additional passenger and cargo space, the 2017 Ford Explorer is the clear choice. If you’d like to know more, feel free to get in touch with our helpful Akins Ford staff near Athens, Georgia.

2017 Ford Explorer front interior driver dash and display audio
2017 Ford Explorer front interior passenger space
2017 Ford Explorer front side exterior
2017 Ford Explorer side rear exterior

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