2020 MAZDA CX-9 vs 2020 Ford Explorer
2020 MAZDA CX-9 2020 Ford Explorer
  320 lb-ft 310 lb-ft
MPG (City/Highway) *
  22/28 21/28
Adaptive Cruise Control
  Standard Optional

2020 MAZDA CX-9 vs 2020 Ford Explorer

Serving Troy, MI

The Mazda CX-9 is a powerful crossover SUV with three rows of seats and stunning exterior design. As you explore the models that could be an excellent fit for your needs, the CX-9 may understandably be a top contender with its all-around appeal. Like the CX-9, the Ford Explorer is a midsize crossover SUV with three rows inside the cabin. Which of these popular models is a better fit for you?


The beauty of the 2020 Mazda CX-9 is evident from a first glance. This crossover is impressively defined with flowing, crisp lines that run across the hood and through the side panels. This definition is set off by otherwise smooth surfaces that reflect the light perfectly. The CX-9's confidence is brought to life by the chrome bars that run through the crest-shaped grille, the black body molding, and the sculpted surfaces near the front and rear lights. The Ford Explorer for 2020, on the other hand, has flat surfaces on the hood and roof with only a touch of character. This creates a visually sizeable front end, and its size is magnified by a large grille and a stretched appearance through the headlights and foglamps.


The CX-9's excellent craftsmanship extends inside the spacious cabin. In many trims, the beautiful leather material is accompanied by decorative stitching and woodgrain accents. The center console is molded and elevated to create separation from the beverage holders. The raised platform holds a rotary selector for the driving modes, a leather-wrapped gear shifter, a charging station, and other equipment. The center stack has a prominent arc running through the central region. It holds the climate management controls, the air vents, and the mounted display screen for all of the features' infotainment system. In the Ford Explorer for 2020, the flat center console has two rotary knobs on the left with the beverage holders on the right. A concealed space for storage sits at the base of the center stack. The Explorer may also have a climate control system, a vertical display screen, a sound system, a push-button starter that lays flat on the dashboard's ledge, and other gear.


The impressive qualities of the 2020 Mazda CX-9 continue with its engineering and capabilities. All of the 2020 trims are loaded with a 2.5-liter turbo Skyactiv®-G engine tied to a Skyactiv®-Drive 6-speed automatic transmission. With multiple driving modes, this engine will delight you as it generates 227 horsepower. The 2020 Explorer comes with a 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine and a 10-speed auto transmission across most trim levels, and a hybrid variation is offered with some of the higher trim levels.

Our courteous associates at Suburban Mazda of Troy love showing off our models to valued customers, and we are available to assist with your continued research. To schedule a CX-9 test drive, and view our inventory in person, schedule an appointment with our sales reps.

* EPA-estimated mileage. Actual results will vary.