The 2016 Ford Explorer has already set the bar for modern, full-sized crossovers, but some Chicago and Manteno drivers are still considering the 2016 Mazda CX-5. We don’t like to see anybody make the wrong choice when it comes to their family vehicle, so we decided to pit these two vehicles against each other to demonstrate that the new Explorer is the better buy.
This year’s Explorer is offered in five models – including the all-new Platinum trim – so you’ll have no problems finding the right one to meet your needs.
While the 2016 Ford Explorer ensures that drivers receive plenty of comfort and technology for their money, the 2016 Mazda CX-5 is price lower because it doesn’t offer most of the premium features that drivers expect in an SUV. The standard Sport model starts at $21,795, while the Grand Touring tops out at $28,220.
Ford is renowned for providing an exceptional level of choice when it comes to power and efficiency options. The 2016 Explorer is no exception to that rule, with three available engines – each paired with an advanced 6-speed SelectShift automatic transmission system - to choose from.
The 2016 Mazda CX-5 comes with just two engines, both of which pale in comparison to the unstoppable Explorer. In fact, the difference between the two Mazda engines is marginal at best – either a 155 hp 2.0L SKYACTIV-G or a 185 hp 2.5 SKYACTIV-G. Either way, that’s far inferior to what even the standard Explorer engine can command.
Whether you want to accommodate more passengers or stow more cargo, the 2016 Ford Explorer has you covered. While the 2016 Mazda CX-5 provides 103.8 cubic feet of passenger space for up to five occupants, whereas the Explorer boasts 151.6 cubic feet of passenger volume for up to seven adults. If you want room for the whole family, better drive home in an Explorer.
The only area in which the CX-5 pulls ahead is standard cargo space – with all seats occupied, you’ll have 21 cubic feet in the Explorer and 34.1 in the CX-5. However, 21 cubic feet is more than enough for most situations, and the Escape’s 81 cubic feet of cargo room with all seats folded down thoroughly outperforms the CX-5’s 65.4 cubic feet. There’s even a Class-Exclusive third row PowerFold 50/50 split-folding bench for the Explorer, which folds flat at the touch of a button to make interior versatility just that little bit easier.
The 2016 Ford Explorer doesn’t just offer more space than the 2016 Mazda CX-5, it also ensures that you can fully personalize your drive with an entire suite of available features. The following choices are optional with the Explorer, but not with the CX-5:
The 2016 Ford Explorer is plainly in a league of its own. To test-drive our leading full-sized crossover, come visit Terry’s Ford of Peotone today.