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2022 Ford Explorer
AWD
2021 Mazda CX-9
Carbon Edition AWD
MSRP
$43,180
Invoice
$40,848
Average Price Paid
$42,938
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2022 Ford Explorer
AWD
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Carbon Edition AWD
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2022 Ford Explorer
AWD
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2021 Mazda CX-9
Carbon Edition AWD
Stephen Edelstein Test Drive Review:

Translated, the Japanese concept of jinba ittai refers to a horse and rider as one. Mazda has adopted it as a guiding philosophy for all of its products, and among them, the 2021 CX-9 ...

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  • Look and Feel 8
  • Performance 7
  • Form & Function 6
  • Technology 6
  • Safety 9
  • Cost-Effectiveness 6

Specs

2022 Ford Explorer
AWD
2021 Mazda CX-9
Carbon Edition AWD
Powertrain 6-Speed Automatic
Drivetrain
AWD
AWD
AWD
Fuel Economy, City
11 MPG
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20 MPG
Fuel Economy, Highway
15 MPG
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26 MPG
Fuel Tank Volume 17.9 gal 19.5 gal
Engine
Fuel Type
Flex Fuel Vehicle
Gasoline
Gasoline
Power
--
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250 hp @ 5,000 RPM
Torque
--
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320 lb-ft @ 2,500 RPM
Cylinders
6 cylinders
4 cylinders
4 cylinders
Compression Ratio
12:1
10:1
10.5:1
Displacement
3,300 cc
2,300 cc
2,500 cc
Bore x Stroke
3.56 in x 3.41 in
3.45 in x 3.7 in
3.5 in x 3.94 in
Safety
ABS Brakes Standard Standard
Driver Airbag Standard Standard
Passenger Airbag Standard Standard
Front Side Airbags Standard Standard
Curtain Airbags Standard Standard
NHTSA Crash Test Results
Overall 5 stars 4 stars
Front Crash Overall 5 stars 4 stars
Front Crash Driver 5 stars 4 stars
Front Crash Passenger 5 stars 4 stars
Side Crash Overall 5 stars 5 stars
Side Barrier Driver 5 stars 5 stars
Side Barrier Passenger 5 stars 5 stars
Side Pole Driver 5 stars 5 stars
Rollover 5 stars 5 stars
Comfort and Convenience
Sunroof/Moonroof -- Standard
Air Conditioning Standard Standard
Radio Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard
Driver Power Seats Standard Standard
Passenger Power Seats -- Standard
Interior
Maximum Seating 7 seats 6 seats
Front Legroom 43 in 41 in
Back Legroom 39 in 39.4 in
Payload and Towing
Cargo Volume 18.2 cu ft 14.3 cu ft
Maximum Payload 1,468 lbs 1,434 lbs
Maximum Towing Capacity 5,300 lbs 3,500 lbs
Exterior
Length 198.8 in 199.4 in
Width 89.3 in 77.5 in
Height 69.9 in 69 in
Wheelbase 119.1 in 115.3 in

Available Options

2022 Ford Explorer
AWD

Exterior Colors

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

Option Packages

  • Class IV Trailer Tow Package
2021 Mazda CX-9
Carbon Edition AWD

Exterior Colors

  • POLYMETAL Gray

Option Packages

  • Illuminated Doorsill Trim Plates

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