2016 Ford Explorer vs 2016 Mazda CX-5

2016 Ford Explorer was just revealed at the LA Auto Show and refreshed model features revamped look which should last for at least couple more years. This mid to full-size crossover SUV can seat up to seven passengers and is a great choice for larger families. On the other hand, japanese car maker introduced new SUV, 2016 Mazda CX-5, a five week ago.

Design – both of SUVs

Refreshed model features new grille and conventional headlights, while its optional foglights are clearly inspired by F-150’s duplex headlamps. Rear end was also revamped and it had gotten its own share of newly designed parts. Inside, story isn’t as dramatic, but 2016 Ford Explorer still offers some new features. New to this year, Explorer Platinum adds highly luxurious leather upholstery and wood accents with abundance of standard and optional features.

Ford’s SYNC with MyFord touch features the same 4.2 or 8-inch touch screen displays with former being standard and latter ones optional. Advanced safety consists of optional rearview camera, blind spot monitors, cross-traffic alerts and adaptive cruise control.

2016 Ford Explorer side view

Only new thing outside for 2016 Mazda CX-5 is the new 5-stripe chrome grille, although with same shape as before. Otherwise, everything else has been carried over and we wouldn’t have it any different as this compact crossover is one of the best things that came out of Mazda’s factory floor.


CX-5’s interior is well-furbished as well. As a compact, it also offers leather upholstery and piano black trim in its highest grades. Human-Machine Interface infotainment system is carried over and still comes with a control knob mounted on the central console. Thanks to it, infotainment system is easy for use and highly responsive. Besides all standard safety features, 2016 Mazda CX-5 also offers optional adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitors, and forward-collision warning, quite advanced for a compact.

2016 Ford Explorer interior 2

2016 Ford Explorer vs 2016 Mazda CX-5 – Engine

Mazda CX-5

Powertrain lineup is carried over and consists of couple of naturally aspirated 4-cylinder engines. Base one is 2.0L version which develops 155 hp and 150 lb-ft of torque, while optional 2.5L unit puts up 184 hp and 185 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are tied to a 6-speed transmission with former one getting manual and latter one automatic shifter. While base engine is offered exclusively with front-wheel drive, 2.5L four has an option to get all-wheel drive.

2016 Mazda CX-5 rear view

Explorer – Under the Hood

Base Explorer’s powertrain is 3.5L V6 which makes 290 hp and 255 lb-ft of torque, while 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine gives 365 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque and is reserved for top-of-the-line models. Instead of the old 2.0L turbo four, newly offered engine is 2.3L EcoBoost 4-cylinder which has 270 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque. As it is the case with Ford’s SUV’s, both front and all-wheel drive are offered, and 6-speed automatic transmission is responsible for routing engine’s power to the wheels.

Price details and MPG

2016 Ford Explorers are available for a price between $31,000 and $44,000, while their fuel economy ratings depend upon the chosen powertrain, but in general span from 18 to 22 mpg combined.
2016 Mazda CX-5 is a compact crossover that can accommodate up to five passengers and, like larger blue oval’s crossover, comes facelifted. Built upon Mazda’s Skyactiv platform, this compact is agile and versatile, and great choice for city driving if you must have a crossover.

Fuel efficiency is quite solid too, and stands between 24 mpg in the city at least and 35 mpg on the highway at most. In addition, all models are available for a price tag between $22,000 and $28,000.

It is hard to compare these two vehicles thanks to their differences in size. 2016 Ford Explorer is bigger and more expensive, while 2016 Mazda CX-5 offers less room and comes at an affordable price. It is really a question of what you require, small city-friendly crossover or larger people-moving one as their feature list is rather similar which goes in favor of smaller of the two.



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