2019 Mazda CX-9 vs 2019 Ford Explorer

2019 Mazda CX-9 facing 2019 Ford Explorer in comparison image

The rivalry between the Mazda and Ford model lines goes back throughout the decades, all the way to the time when they were both members of the same parent company. Though they’re separate entities now, the heated competition between both automakers still remains as prevalent as ever, and this is exemplified when you look at SUVs like the 2019 Mazda CX-9 and 2019 Ford Explorer. Both of these vehicles are equally at home under the classy lights of city nightlife, or on the open trails exploring throughout the North Carolina countryside. But which one is best for you?

Here at Hickory Mazda, we know how important it is to be knowledgeable about your favorite models, so we’ve put some information together on what the 2019 CX-9 and 2019 Explorer have in store. Join our sales team as we take you through each of these SUVs and their capabilities!

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2019 Mazda CX-9 vs 2019 Ford Explorer
$32,280 Starting MSRP $32,365
2.5-liter Inline 4 / 227 horsepower Base Engine / Horsepower 3.5-liter V6 / 280 horsepower
Seven Passengers / Up to 71.2 cubic feet Maximum Seating Capacity / Cargo Volume Seven Passengers / 80.7 cubic feet
3,500 pounds Towing Capacity 2,000 pounds

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Both the 2019 Mazda CX-9 and 2019 Ford Explorer make their money in the tech department, with both offering high-class infotainment systems and app integration suites like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. However, there’s even more than this to love with the 2019 CX-9, which does a much better job than its Ford counterpart at making sure that your drive is as enjoyable as your experience inside. It does this thanks to SKYACTIV-VEHICLE DYNAMICS with G-Vectoring Control, as well as a predictive i-ACTIV AWD® system; both of these allow you to have a smooth, powerful and controlled ride. All the while, the 2019 CX-9 can keep you safe in ways that many of its competitors can’t; it offers some of the most advanced driver assistance technologies on the American market, some of which include:

  • Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop & Go 
  • Smart Brake Support with Collision Warning 
  • Blind Spot Monitoring 
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Lane Departure Warning System 
  • Lane-Keep Assist
  • Adaptive Front-Lighting System
  • High Beam Control 
  • Traffic Sign Recognition
  • Many more!

It’s obvious at this point that the 2019 CX-9 is able to stand tall against any and all challengers. We invite you to contact Hickory Mazda today and schedule a no-hassle test drive if you want to see more of what it brings into the fold – we think you’ll be impressed by what’s inside!


2019 Mazda CX-9 gear shifter and woodgrain console
Motion blurred image of folded rear seat inside 2019 Mazda CX-9
Steering wheel and center touchscreen of 2019 Mazda CX-9
Rear shot of 2019 Mazda CX-9 with tailgate highlighted



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