The 2015 Ford Flex vs. the 2015 Mazda CX-9

Ford Flex

The 2015 Ford Flex offers Manteno and Chicago drivers more than the 2015 Mazda CX-9. With stronger standard features, a greater level of passenger space, and superior safety ratings, the new Ford Flex represents the perfect full-sized crossover for your family. Let’s take a closer look at the Ford Flex and see how it surpasses the Mazda CX-9 on price, fuel economy, space, and more.

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Trim Levels and Price

2015 Ford Flex SEL with roof rackManteno and Chicago shoppers will be pleased to know the 2015 Ford Flex comes in three trim levels, with a generous selection of features included for each:

  • SE: Starting at $29,100, the SE sets the bar for standard features, with a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a customizable MyKey, and a six-speaker sound system.
  • SEL: Starting at $32,100, the Flex SEL upgrades your comfort and convenience. 10-way power front seats ensure that both you and your front passenger remain relaxed, a power liftgate makes loading and unloading less of a chore, and dual-zone temperature control allows for individual climate zones.
  • Titanium: Starting at $37,700, the Titanium is a top of the range model which boasts cutting-edge technology, including a cross-traffic alert system, 12 speaker Sony sound system, and integrated GPS navigation.

The 2015 Mazda CX-9 starts higher, with the Sport trim demanding at least $29,985, and providing power windows and remote keyless entry. Other models include the $32,480 Touring and the $35,035 Grand Touring.

Powertrains and MPG

2015 Ford Flex LimitedThe 2015 Ford Flex fits a 3.5L Ti-VCT V6 engine as standard, so Chicago and Manteno drivers will be able to depend upon the kind of high performance which comes with a 287 horsepower output. In contrast, the 2015 Mazda CX-9’s 3.7L DOHC V6 offers only 273 horsepower. The Mazda also lacks an optional engine, while Ford Flex drivers can fit their vehicle with a relentless 365 horsepower 3.5L EcoBoost V6. That extra power means that the Ford Flex can tow 1000lbs more than the CX-9.

Somehow, the 2015 Mazda CX-9 fails to compensate for reduced performance with stronger efficiency ratings, allowing drivers to earn only 17 mpg in the city and 24 on the highway in FWD models, or 16 and 22 in AWD models. In contrast, the more powerful Ford Flex earns 18 mpg in the city and 25 on the highway in FWD, or 17 and 23 in AWD models.



2015 Ford Flex InteriorBoth vehicles class themselves as full-sized crossovers, and both carry up to seven passengers. However, it’s only the 2015 Ford Flex which feels properly expansive once you slip inside. That’s down to its superior passenger space of 155.8 cubic feet to the 2015 Mazda CX-9’s 139.4. If you need room for everyone to spread out and relax, then there’s no better option than the Ford Flex. Manteno and Chicago shoppers will even be able to add a multi-panel Vista Roof, which opens up each row with four skylights.

Of course, you shouldn’t assume that the 2015 CX-9 compensates for its cramped cabin with stronger storage space. With all seats occupied, you’ll be able to fit up to 20 cubic feet in the Flex versus 17.2 cubic feet in the CX-9.


Comfort and Convenience

2015 Ford Flex with SYNC and WifiThe 2015 Ford Flex is designed for busy modern families, so it boasts a number of features to keep you on track, and keep everyone entertained.

For example, the Flex offers integrated navigation on upper-end models – including 3D mapping, voice-guided turn-by-turn directions, and SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link – while the 2015 Mazda CX-9 only offers navigation for an added cost, even in premium-price models.

Likewise, the Ford Flex’s available Sony sound system includes both 12 speakers and a subwoofer, and is fitted as standard in the Titanium, while the CX-9 Grand Touring only includes the basic 6-speaker system as standard. Manteno and Chicago customers will be forced to pay out extra for the optional Bose system, which still includes 2 less speakers than the Sony.


2015 Ford Flex SafetyThe 2015 Ford Flex was awarded a Top Safety Pick recommendation from the IIHS, while the 2015 Mazda CX-9 was rated as poor across multiple categories:

  • Small Front Overlap: The CX-9 was rated as poor, while the Flex was rated as acceptable
  • Roof Strength: The CX-9 was rated as marginal while the Flex was rated as good
  • Head Restraints and Seats: The CX-9 was rated as marginal, while the Flex was again rated as good

Get Your 2015 Ford Flex at Terry’s Ford of Peotone

The 2015 Ford Flex solidly outperforms the 2015 Mazda CX-9 in every way which matters to Chicago and Manteno drivers – that’s why they always head straight to Terry’s Ford of Peotone. Stop by soon or call us on 888-832-3250 for more information or to set up a test-drive.