Compare Ford Explorer vs. Mazda CX-9 vs. Buick Enclave

Compare the Ford Explorer against the Mazda CX-9 and Buick Enclave. Use this tool to compare rankings and see how the Explorer, CX-9 and Enclave stack up against each other in terms of performance, features, safety prices and more. Then use our Best Price Program by selecting the trims you are interested in to see local prices and get a great deal on a new Explorer, CX-9 and Enclave. If you are interested in used cars you can also search used listings in your area.

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2013 Ford Explorer 2012 Mazda CX-9 2013 Buick Enclave
2013 Ford Explorer 2012 Mazda CX-9 2013 Buick Enclave
FWD 4dr Base
  • FWD 4dr Base
  • 4WD 4dr Base
  • FWD 4dr XLT
  • 4WD 4dr XLT
  • FWD 4dr Limited
  • 4WD 4dr Limited
  • 4WD 4dr Sport
FWD 4dr Sport
  • FWD 4dr Sport
  • AWD 4dr Sport
  • FWD 4dr Touring
  • AWD 4dr Touring
  • FWD 4dr Grand Touring
  • AWD 4dr Grand Touring
FWD 4dr Convenience
  • FWD 4dr Convenience
  • AWD 4dr Convenience
  • FWD 4dr Leather
  • AWD 4dr Leather
  • FWD 4dr Premium
  • AWD 4dr Premium


MSRP $29,100 $29,725 $38,445
Invoice $27,427 $28,125 $36,523
Avg. Paid $20,901 $18,343 $25,677

U.S. News Scores

Overall 7.3 8.3 8.3
Critics' Rating 7.8 9.0 8.7
Performance 7.0 8.4 7.8
Interior 7.2 7.9 8.3
Cost to Own 8.6 8.8 8.3
Safety 9.2 8.7 9.7
Reliability 2.0 3.5 3.5

Pros & Cons

  • Attractive cabin design
  • Great fuel economy with turbocharged four-cylinder engine
  • Sporty handling
  • High-quality interior materials
  • First-rate cabin materials
  • Spacious third row
  • Generous cargo space
  • Composed handling
  • Limited cargo space for the class
  • Cramped third row
  • Confusing MyFord Touch system
  • Firmer ride quality than some rivals
  • Lackluster acceleration

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Automatic Automatic
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas V6 3.5L/213 Gas V6 3.7L/227 Gas V6 3.6L/217
MPG 17 City / 24 Hwy 17 City / 24 Hwy 17 City / 24 Hwy



Body Style Sport Utility Vehicle 4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle Sport Utility Vehicle


Wheelbase(in) 112.600 113.2 118.90
Length, Overall (in) 197.100 200.2 201.90
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 78.900 76.2 79.00
Height, Overall (in) 70.400 68.0 70.30
Step Up Height - Front (in)
Step Up Height - Side (in)

Doors & Windows

Third Passenger Door
Power Third Passenger Door
Fourth Passenger Door
Power Fourth Passenger Door
Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Privacy Glass Standard Standard Standard
Sliding Rear Window
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Bed Liner
Pickup Bed Tonneau Cover
Stepside Pickup Box
Convertible Hardtop
Convertible Soft Top
Dual Moonroof
Sun/Moon Roof
Panoramic Roof
Fixed Sunroof
Manual Tilt/Sliding Sunroof
Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof
Sunroof Sunshield
Sunroof Wind Deflector
Targa Roof
Running Boards Optional
Power Retractable Running Boards
Rear Spoiler Standard Standard


Base Curb Weight (lbs) 4534 4328 4724

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front All-Season Standard Standard Standard
Tires - Front All-Terrain
Tires - Front Highway
Tires - Front On/Off Road
Tires - Front Performance
Tires - Front Touring
Tires - Rear All-Season Standard Standard Standard
Tires - Rear All-Terrain
Tires - Rear Highway
Tires - Rear On/Off Road
Tires - Rear Performance
Tires - Rear Touring
Compact Spare Tire Standard Standard Optional
Full Size Spare Tire Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Standard Standard
Chrome Wheels Optional
Wheel Locks Optional
Steel Wheels Standard
Wheel Covers
Wire Wheel Covers


Trailer Hitch Receiver Optional Optional
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)


Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Optional Standard
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard
Back-Up Camera Optional Standard
Cruise Control Standard Standard Standard
Heads-Up Display
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard Standard
Fog Lamps
Auto-Off Headlights Standard
HID headlights Standard
Interior Cargo Shade Optional Optional Optional
Keyless Start
Luggage Rack Optional Optional
Rear Parking Aid Standard
Power Liftgate Standard
Front Reading Lamps Standard Standard
Rear Reading Lamps Standard
Rear Seat Heat Ducts
Remote Engine Start Optional Standard
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard Standard Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard Standard
Navigation from Telematics Standard
Trip Computer Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener Optional Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Rain Sensing Wipers
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard Standard Standard
Rear Floor Mats
Keyless Entry Standard Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional Standard
Heated Exterior Driver Mirror
Heated Mirrors Optional Standard
Heated Exterior Passenger Mirror
Mirror Memory
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Power Folding Mirrors
Power Passenger Mirror
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard Standard
All Wheel Steering
Manual Steering
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard


Passenger Capacity 7 7 7
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 151.700 139.4 153.0
Front Head Room (in) 41.400 39.6 40.40
Front Leg Room (in) 40.600 40.9 41.30
Front Shoulder Room (in) 61.300 59.4 61.60
Front Hip Room (in) 57.300 56.5 57.20
Second Head Room (in) 40.500 39.0 39.40
Second Leg Room (in) 39.800 39.8 36.80
Second Shoulder Room (in) 61.000 58.7 61.30
Second Hip Room (in) 56.700 56.0 57.00
Third Leg Room (in) 33.200 32.4 33.20
Fourth Leg Room (in)
Fifth Leg Room (in)
Cargo Volume (cu. ft.)
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (cu. ft.)
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.)
Ext'd Cab Cargo Volume (cu. ft.)
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (cu. ft.) 80.700 100.7 115.2
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (cu. ft.) 43.800 48.3 68.9
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (cu. ft.) 21.000 17.2 23.3
Cargo Volume to Seat 4 (cu. ft.)


AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard Standard
CD Changer
CD Player Standard Standard Standard
HD Radio Standard
MP3 Player Standard Standard Standard
Rear Seat Audio Controls Optional
Satellite Radio Optional Optional Standard
Premium Sound System Optional
Entertainment System
Hard Disk Drive

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control Standard Standard
Dual Zone A/C Standard Standard
A/C Standard Standard Standard
Rear A/C Standard Standard Standard

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System
Onboard Hands-Free Communications System Optional Standard
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Optional Standard Standard
Cell Phone
Cell Phone Hookup


Cloth Seats Standard Standard Standard
Leather Seats
Premium Synthetic Seats
Vinyl Seats
Additional Rear Seat Standard Standard Standard
Cooled Driver Seat
Cooled Passenger Seat
Cooled Rear Seat
Heated Driver Seat Optional
Heated Passenger Seat
Heated Rear Seat
Driver Lumbar Standard Standard
Passenger Lumbar
Seat Memory
Power Driver Seat Standard Optional Standard
Power Passenger Seat Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Optional
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard
Fixed Bench Seat
Split Bench Seat Standard
Bucket Seats Standard Standard Standard
Quad Bucket Seats Standard



Driver Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag On/Off Switch
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Air Bag
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Body Air Bag Standard


4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard Standard
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard Standard
4-Wheel Drum Brakes
Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes

Safety Features

Brake Assist
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard Standard
Auto-On Headlights
Daytime Running Lights Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Standard
Night Vision
Adjustable Pedals
Rollover Protection System
Front Tow Hooks
Rear Tow Hooks
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard
Emergency Trunk Release
Blind Spot Monitor
Auto-Leveling Headlights
Lane Departure Warning


Engine & Performance

Locking Front Differential
Locking Rear Differential
Four Wheel Drive
All Wheel Drive
Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard Standard
Rear Wheel Drive
Dual Rear Wheels
10 Cylinder Engine
12 Cylinder Engine
3 Cylinder Engine
4 Cylinder Engine Optional
5 Cylinder Engine
Flat 6 Cylinder Engine
Straight 6 Cylinder Engine
V6 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard Standard
8 Cylinder Engine
Electric Motor
High Output
Rotary engine
Turbocharged Optional
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas V6 Gas V6
Displacement 3.5L/213 3.7L/227 3.6L/217
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 290 @ 6500 273 @ 6250 288 @ 6300
Torque (Net @ RPM) 255 @ 4100 270 @ 4250 270 @ 3400
Transmission Automatic w/manual shift Automatic Automatic
Turning diameter 39.200 37.4 40.4


Gasoline/Natural Gas Bi-Fuel
Gasoline/Propane Bi-Fuel
Diesel Fuel
Electric Fuel System
Flex Fuel/Electric Hybrid
Flexible Fuel Capability
Hybrid Fuel
Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
Natural Gas Fuel
Plug-In Electric/Flex Fuel
Plug-In Electric/Gas
Propane Fuel
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 17 17 17
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 24 24 24
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 18.600 20.1 22.0


Active Suspension System
Air Suspension
Side Stance / Highrider Suspension
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson strut Independent MacPherson Strut
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link Multi-Link H-Arm
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Suspension Type - Front
Suspension Type - Rear


Automatic Standard Standard Standard
Automatic Transmission w/Manual Mode Standard
1-Speed Automatic
3-Speed Automatic
4-Speed Automatic
5-Speed Automatic
6-Speed Automatic Standard Standard Standard
7-Speed Automatic
8-Speed Automatic
Continuously Variable Trans
Manual Transmission w/Auto Mode
10-Speed Manual
4-Speed Manual
5-Speed Manual
6-Speed Manual
7-Speed Manual
8-Speed Manual
9-Speed Manual
Transmission Overdrive Switch

Safety scores should only be compared between vehicles of similar size and weight. Larger, heavier vehicles generally provide more protection than smaller, lighter ones.