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2017 Ford Explorer vs 2017 Mazda CX-9 in Garland, TX

2017 Ford Explorer vs 2017 Mazda CX-9 in Garland, TX

Interior of the Ford Explorer

Top photo: 2017 Ford Expedition Sport in White Platinum Metallic.

The midsize SUV segment is riddled with choices, and determining which entry best suits you may feel impossible. Here at Prestige Ford, we put two top contenders into the ring to see which one comes out on top. Between the 2017 Ford Explorer and the Mazda CX-9, the Explorer is the one that ultimately reigns supreme!

To start off this friendly competition, we’ll take a look at the performance of these vehicles. While the Mazda CX-9 puts up a fight with its SKYACTIV®1-G 2.5T 4-cylinder engine, it falls short, as it only delivers 250 horsepower and 227 lb.-ft. of torque. When you’re behind the wheel of the Ford Explorer, you’ll get to revel in a satisfying 290 horsepower and 255 lb.-ft. of torque via its standard 3.5L Ti-VCT V6 powertrain. Not to mention, the Explorer also offers two additional engine options, the highest-output boasting 365 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque with the 3.5L EcoBoost® V6. The Mazda CX-9, on the other hand, taps out at just one machine.

On top of driving dynamics, the Ford Explorer continues to keep its lead against the Mazda CX-9 in terms of interior volume. From weekly carpools to off-road adventures, you want space to accommodate your passengers and cargo effortlessly, and you’ll find just that in the Explorer. With 151.5 cubic ft. of passenger volume and 21 cubic ft. of cargo space2, this SUV truly has the best of both worlds. The Mazda CX-9 struggles to keep up, as it features just 135.1 cubic ft. of passenger volume and 14.4 cubic ft. of storage room2. Furthermore, while both the Explorer and Mazda CX-9 feature split-folding rear seats, the Explorer provides a larger 81.7 cubic ft. of total cargo volume2 with the second and third row flattened; the 2017 Mazda CX-9 only achieves 71.2 cubic ft. of storage space2 in the same circumstance.

In the last section of this head-to-head battle, interior amenities will be discussed. Although both models boast top-of-the-line features, it’s the Explorer that has a bit more to offer. A glove compartment often comes standard in any vehicle, but the Ford Explorer does one better by implementing a locking function. This way, you’ll be able to leave valuable items behind without a worry. The Mazda CX-9 doesn’t offer such a capability in any trim level. Additionally, you’ll have no problem finding power for your gadgets in the 2017 Explorer, as it comes standard with four 12-volt power outlets spanning from the front to the back of the cabin. There are only two available in the Mazda CX-9 across all trims.

This comparison of the 2017 Ford Explorer vs 2017 Mazda CX-9 in Garland, TX, ends there with one clear-cut winner: the Explorer! Visit us at Prestige Ford to take this stunning midsize SUV out for a spin today. We are conveniently located at 3601 South Shiloh Road in Garland, TX.


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  • Features
  • Specs
  • Warranty

Features

Features

  • Safety
  • Technology
  • Interior
  • Exterior
  • Mechanical
  • Comfort

Safety

Safety

Rearview monitor in dash
Impact sensor post-collision safety system
Child safety door locks
Child seat anchors LATCH system
Impact sensor door unlock
Body side reinforcements side impact door beams
Camera system rearview
Programmable safety key
Crumple zones front

Airbags

Airbag deactivation occupant sensing passenger
Side airbags front
Front airbags dual
Side curtain airbags front
Side-curtain airbag rollover sensor
Side curtain airbags third row
Side curtain airbags rear
Knee airbags front passenger

Security

Power door locks anti-lockout
Anti-theft system engine immobilizer
2-stage unlocking doors
Anti-theft system alarm with remote
Power door locks auto-locking

Mirrors

Side mirror adjustments power
Side mirror adjustments manual folding
Side mirror type spotter mirror

Technology

Interior

Exterior

Mechanical

Comfort

Specs

Warranty

Awards

Award
Best CPO Value in America: SUV and Crossover Brand (2017 Model)
- Vincentric

Award
Best Full-Size SUVs (2017 Model)
- Automotive Science Group

Award
Best Three-Row SUVs (2017 Model)
- Cars.com

Award
Best Vehicles By Class: Midsize SUVs (2017 Model)
- GreenerCars.org

Award
Most Distinguished Brand (2017 Model)
- Automotive Science Group

Award
Most Ideal Popular Brand (2017 Model)
- Auto Pacific

Crash-Test Ratings

2017 Ford Explorer 4 DR SUV FWD

Overall
Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star
Front Crash Overall
Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star
Front Crash Driver
Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarEmpty Star
Front Crash Passenger
Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star
Side Crash Overall
Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star
Side Barrier Overall
N/A
Side Barrier Driver
Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star
Side Barrier Passenger
Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star
Side Pole Driver
Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star
Side Combined Front
N/A
Side Combined Rear
Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star
Rollover
Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarEmpty Star

Dealership Information

Sales Hours

972-468-1024
Monday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sunday Closed

Green Score

EPA Green Score ( Bin 5 ?
EPA and California-required standards. The names refer to tables of numerical limits for the various air pollutants allowed by the standards.
)

Fuel Type E85
Air Pollution Score ?
The Air Pollution Score is based on the government emission standards for which the vehicle was certified to comply with and reflects vehicle tailpipe emissions that contribute to local and regional air pollution, creating problems such as haze, and health issues.
5
1
5
10
Greenhouse Gas Score ?
This score reflects fuel emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases.
4
1
4
10
Smartway ?
SmartWay is a designation earned by those vehicles that have combined Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gas Scores that place them in the top tier (approximately the top 20%) of environmental performers. SmartWay Elite is reserved for the best of the best.
N/A

EPA Green Score ( Bin 5 ?
EPA and California-required standards. The names refer to tables of numerical limits for the various air pollutants allowed by the standards.
)

Fuel Type Gasoline
Air Pollution Score ?
The Air Pollution Score is based on the government emission standards for which the vehicle was certified to comply with and reflects vehicle tailpipe emissions that contribute to local and regional air pollution, creating problems such as haze, and health issues.
5
1
5
10
Greenhouse Gas Score ?
This score reflects fuel emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases.
4
1
4
10
Smartway ?
SmartWay is a designation earned by those vehicles that have combined Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gas Scores that place them in the top tier (approximately the top 20%) of environmental performers. SmartWay Elite is reserved for the best of the best.
N/A

EPA Green Score ( Federal Tier 3 Bin 125 ?
EPA and California-required standards. The names refer to tables of numerical limits for the various air pollutants allowed by the standards.
)

Fuel Type Gasoline
Air Pollution Score ?
The Air Pollution Score is based on the government emission standards for which the vehicle was certified to comply with and reflects vehicle tailpipe emissions that contribute to local and regional air pollution, creating problems such as haze, and health issues.
6
1
6
10
Greenhouse Gas Score ?
This score reflects fuel emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases.
5
1
5
10
Smartway ?
SmartWay is a designation earned by those vehicles that have combined Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gas Scores that place them in the top tier (approximately the top 20%) of environmental performers. SmartWay Elite is reserved for the best of the best.
N/A

EPA Green Score ( LEV-II ULEV ?
EPA and California-required standards. The names refer to tables of numerical limits for the various air pollutants allowed by the standards.
)

Fuel Type Gasoline
Air Pollution Score ?
The Air Pollution Score is based on the government emission standards for which the vehicle was certified to comply with and reflects vehicle tailpipe emissions that contribute to local and regional air pollution, creating problems such as haze, and health issues.
6
1
6
10
Greenhouse Gas Score ?
This score reflects fuel emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases.
4
1
4
10
Smartway ?
SmartWay is a designation earned by those vehicles that have combined Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gas Scores that place them in the top tier (approximately the top 20%) of environmental performers. SmartWay Elite is reserved for the best of the best.
N/A

EPA Green Score ( LEV-II ULEV ?
EPA and California-required standards. The names refer to tables of numerical limits for the various air pollutants allowed by the standards.
)

Fuel Type Gasoline
Air Pollution Score ?
The Air Pollution Score is based on the government emission standards for which the vehicle was certified to comply with and reflects vehicle tailpipe emissions that contribute to local and regional air pollution, creating problems such as haze, and health issues.
6
1
6
10
Greenhouse Gas Score ?
This score reflects fuel emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases.
5
1
5
10
Smartway ?
SmartWay is a designation earned by those vehicles that have combined Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gas Scores that place them in the top tier (approximately the top 20%) of environmental performers. SmartWay Elite is reserved for the best of the best.
N/A

Additional Vehicle Information

Testimonials

I had a wonderful experience

Stephanie West
1-23-2019
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

I had a wonderful experience and Ian, my salesman, was refreshing to work with. He got me the vehicle I wanted and made me feel comfortable. No pressure or old school sales tactics with him. It was the best car buying experience I’ve had thus far. The gentleman in the financing department was pleasant to work with as well. He offered options and explained why they were offered and didn’t badger me! I will refer anyone looking for a new car to Ian’s at Prestige Ford, hands down.

Amazing Service Staff

Haylee Kasallis
1-16-2019
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

David in the service department was AMAZING! He was very aware of our situation at all times and called me when there was an update on my car. Said it would be a week wait but they finished in 3 days! Even when I had a hard time at check-out, the customer service rep was very alert and made sure I had a great experience and followed up with me afterward. Their service department is fantastic and if you can, ask for David!

Great Work!

Cat
1-10-2019
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Had some issues with the Geico side, but Randall Reed did great work on my vehicle and treated me very courteously as we navigated through some process issues. Thank you!

Sales is the Best

Rebecca Longan
1-2-2019
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Excellent customer service! We drove from Oklahoma to Garland, TX to get our car! Ian in sales is the best!

Recommending coming here for a vehicle.

nathan posey
12-26-2018
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Looked all over DFW for a F-150. Went to 10 different dealerships within the past 8 months, and this place was by far the best place to do business with. Xaiver (Salesman), Sean ( Sales Manager), and Luis (Finance) were all easy to negotiate with. They just wanted to make the best deal possible with you, to fit your budget. Real good people to work with. Recommending coming here for a vehicle.

Hard workers!

Harrison J.
12-20-2018
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Those guys stayed late to work with me, which I really appreciated.

Very straight forward and didn't waste my time.

12-7-2018
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

“My sales person, Kelly Mcneill- Graham, was very fast at getting back to me when I first inquired about the truck through the internet. She gave me her cell # to call when I would be arriving at the dealership and met me promptly. She got me through the sales process quickly as I had requested. She even brought the truck out to a half way location to deliver it and take back the trade in when it came time to pick up the truck. She really had her patience tested dealing with my requests and she was courteous through it all and delivered the truck at the advertised price. Very straight forward and didn't waste my time. I will recommend her and the Prestige Ford dealership in Garland. Thanks for the pleasant and rapid experience. - Andrew Rhoads”

Very friendly and good service.

Carlos
11-22-2018
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Very friendly and good service. Overall very good.

Long-time customer!

Glen
11-16-2018
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Long-time customer. Cliff always treats me right.

Ron was very nice to us.

Jay
10-30-2018
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

It was a good experience! Ron was very nice to us.

Great experience!

Robert B.
10-11-2018
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Bruce and Monty were both very personable and worked with us until the very end. Great experience!

Customer service was excellent!

Julio M.
9-28-2018
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

I appreciate everybody's attitude, and their willingness to work with the customer was excellent. They were able to get me exactly what I asked for.

When mom is happy, everybody is happy.

Dale C.
8-16-2018
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Everything went well. I, for one, was completely satisfied, and my momma, well, when mom is happy, everybody is happy.

They were helpful and very friendly.

Mack
5-3-2018
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

I really enjoyed everyone at Ford. They were helpful and very friendly.

My second car from Prestige Garland.

Debbie
4-26-2018
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

I bought the car I am trading in here. It's been great!

We were treated like real people.

Brian S.
4-26-2018
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

I enjoyed that when I first got here, we had a salesperson come out and help us immediately. It was a great experience, and this was the best place we've come to where we've been treated like real people.

Great Experience!

Jensen M.
11-1-2017
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Everybody was very friendly and attentive, and I liked that. When I talked to my salesperson, Melisa, she gave me her number and said I could call her for anything–and she answered when I did call. She was very helpful. Our finance guy, Joe was also great!

They worked hard to make sure I was pleased with my deal.

Tanisha F.
10-30-2017
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Salesman and folks at the dealership were great and I had no issues at all. They were definitely working hard to make sure I was pleased with my deal. If it were not for the folks at Prestige.

It was an enjoyable experience!

Kenneth Durbin
10-25-2017
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Our salesman, Tony Roberson, went out of his way to make sure is was an enjoyable experience. We were on our way to buy a Toyota and just stopped at Ford to look! After meeting Tony that all changed. I own a new Mercedes Benz too, but Tony is as good a salesman as I've ever met.

I would recommend Prestige Ford to my family and friends.

Tiffany Ashenfelter
10-11-2017
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Our salesman was kind, courteous and informative. I would recommend Prestige Ford to my family and friends.

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1. SKYACTIV® TECHNOLOGY is a registered trademark of Mazda Motor Corporation.

2. Cargo and load capacity limited by weight and distribution.