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2021 Ford Explorer versus 2021 Mazda CX-9

    Comparing the 2021 Ford Explorer and 2021 Mazda CX-9 is comparing two of the most popular SUVs on the road today. Both offer plenty of power and features, but which one is best for you?

    First up, you should consider the MSRP (manufacturer's standard retail price) of each SUV. The base model of the 2021 Explorer has a starting price of $32,925 while the base model of the 2021 CX-9 costs $34,160.

    Of course, there are various trims options for both SUVs, each of which start at different prices as more features are included. You can check our amazing 2021 Ford Explorer offers 7 trim options including: King Ranch, XLT, Base, Limited, Platinum, ST, and Timberline. On the other hand, the 2021 Mazda CX-9 offers 5 trim options including: Carbon Edition, Sport, Touring, Grand Touring, and Signature. Be sure to call us here at Pacifico Ford so we can help you more fully compare different trim options between the 2021 Ford Explorer and 2021 Mazda CX-9.

    Another key consideration when doing a side-by-side of these SUVs are the engine options. Ford offers 5 different engines for its Explorer line, including the Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4, Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6, and Gas/Electric V-6. Mazda offers 1 engine for its CX-9 lineup, including the Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4.

    Next up you will want to look at the drivetrain options and MPG ratings for these SUVs. The 2021 Explorer offers up Four Wheel Drive and Rear Wheel Drive and gets 28 miles per gallon. The 2021 CX-9 has All Wheel Drive and Front Wheel Drive drivetrains and gets 28 miles per gallon.

    Finally, when it comes to available colors, the 2021 Explorer comes in 10 colors including colors like: Stone Gray Metallic, Star White Metallic Tri-Coat, Rapid Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat, and Oxford White. In comparison, the 2021 CX-9 comes in 7 colors including Soul Red Crystal Metallic, Sonic Silver Metallic, Snowflake White Pearl Mica, and Polymetal Gray to name a few.

    If you're excited about buying a Ford, you can check our amazing lease deals on 2021 Ford Explorers here. If you're looking for a Mazda, check out our great deals on used certified pre-owned Mazda SUVs here.

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    22/28 MPG

    Compare 2021 Ford Explorer & Mazda CX-9 Features & Specs

    Compare Photos of the 2021 Ford Explorer & 2021 Mazda CX-9 Side-by-Side

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    FAQs About 2021 Ford Explorer SUV vs. 2021 Mazda CX-9 SUV

    What are the differences between the 2021 Ford Explorer and the 2021 Mazda CX-9?

    The 2021 Ford Explorer has been updated to be more fuel efficient and offers an improved SUV driving experience. The new model also comes with a variety of performance, safety and entertainment features. Overall you are going to find a better value for your money with the 2021 Ford Explorer over the 2021 Mazda CX-9. Give Pacifico Ford at 215-240-6806 a call to find out more about how these vehicles measure up.

    Which SUV is cheaper: The 2021 Ford Explorer or the 2021 Mazda CX-9?

    The final price of either of these SUVs will depend on your trim selection and the options you select. The 2021 Ford Explorer base model has an MSRP of $32,925, and the base model MSRP of the 2021 CX-9 starts at $34,160.

    What are the drivetrains of the 2021 Ford Explorer compared to the 2021 Mazda CX-9?

    2021 Ford Explorer Drivetrain Options:

    • Four Wheel Drive
    • Rear Wheel Drive

    2021 Mazda CX-9 Drivetrain Options:

    • All Wheel Drive
    • Front Wheel Drive

    What MPG rating does the 2021 Ford Explorer have versus the 2021 Mazda CX-9?

    The base model 2021 Ford Explorer gets 28 MPG and the 2021 Mazda CX-9 base model gets 28 miles per gallon.

    What kind of engine options do the 2021 Ford Explorer and the 2021 Mazda CX-9 have?

    The 2021 Explorer Ford comes with 5 engine options:

    • Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
    • Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6
    • Gas/Electric V-6
    • Regular Unleaded V-6

    The 2021 CX-9 comes with these engine options:

    • Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4

    What colors does the 2021 Ford Explorer come with versus the 2021 Mazda CX-9?

    The 2021 Ford Explorer comes in 10 colors including:

    • Agate Black Metallic
    • Iconic Silver Metallic
    • Forged Green Metallic
    • Carbonized Gray Metallic

    The 2021 Mazda CX-9 comes in 7 colors including:

    • Jet Black Mica
    • Snowflake White Pearl Mica
    • Machine Gray Metallic
    • Deep Crystal Blue Mica
    Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (also referred to as “MSRP”, “Base MSRP”, “Base Price” or the “Starting At” price), excludes destination/delivery charge, taxes, title, license, and registration and/or electronic filing fees, dealer fees, and total of options. For authenticated AXZ Plan customers, the price displayed may represent Plan pricing. Not all AXZ Plan customers will qualify for the Plan pricing shown and not all offers or incentives are available to AXZ Plan customers.
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