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Ford Explorer
2021 Ford Explorer
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$32,225
Starting Price (MSRP)
8.3
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Mazda CX-9
2021 Mazda CX-9
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$33,960
Starting Price (MSRP)
8.1
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Volkswagen Atlas
2021 Volkswagen Atlas
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$31,545
Starting Price (MSRP)
8.3
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Overview

Engine
2.3-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
Engine
2.5-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
Engine
2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
Transmission
10-Speed Automatic
Transmission
6-Speed Automatic
Transmission
8-Speed Automatic
Drivetrain
Rear-Wheel Drive
Drivetrain
Front-Wheel Drive
Drivetrain
Front-Wheel Drive
Fuel Economy
City: 21 MPG
Hwy: 28 MPG
Fuel Economy
City: 22 MPG
Hwy: 28 MPG
Fuel Economy
City: 21 MPG
Hwy: 24 MPG
Fuel Tank Capacity
18.6 gallons
Fuel Tank Capacity
19 gallons
Fuel Tank Capacity
18.6 gallons
Seating Capacity
7 seater
Seating Capacity
7 seater
Seating Capacity
7 seater

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Performance Specs

Engine and Transmission

Engine
2.3-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
2.5-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
Horsepower
300 hp @ 5500 rpm
227 hp @ 5000 rpm
235 hp @ 4500 rpm
Torque
310 lb-ft @ 3500 rpm
310 lb-ft @ 2000 rpm
258 lb-ft @ 1600 rpm
Transmission
10-Speed Automatic
6-Speed Automatic
8-Speed Automatic
Drivetrain
Rear-Wheel Drive
Front-Wheel Drive
Front-Wheel Drive

Steering

Steering Type
Rack-Pinion
Rack-Pinion
Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter
N/A
38.8 ft
38.1 ft

Wheels

Wheels Type
Aluminum Wheels
Aluminum Wheels
Aluminum Wheels
Front Wheel Size
18" x 7.5"
18" x 8"
18" x 8"
Rear Wheel Size
18" x 7.5"
18" x 8"
18" x 8"

Suspension

Front Suspension
Strut
Strut
Strut
Rear Suspension
Multi-Link
Multi-Link
Multi-Link

Tires

Front Tire
P255/65HR18
P255/60HR18
P245/60HR18
Rear Tire
P255/65HR18
P255/60HR18
P245/60HR18
Spare Tire
Compact
Compact
Compact

Fuel and MPG

Fuel Economy

Combined
24 MPG
24 MPG
22 MPG
City
21 MPG
22 MPG
21 MPG
Highway
28 MPG
28 MPG
24 MPG

Emissions

CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.5 (Est) Tons/yr
7.4 Tons/yr
8.1 Tons/yr

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity
18.6 gallons
19 gallons
18.6 gallons
Cruising Range City
390.6 miles
418 miles
390.6 miles
Cruising Range Highway
520.8 miles
532 miles
446.4 miles

Dimensions and Measurement

Exterior Dimensions

Length
198.8 in
199.4 in
198.3 in
Height
70.2 in
67.6 in
70 in
Max Width
78.9 in
77.5 in
78.3 in
Front Width
66.9 in
65.3 in
67.2 in
Rear Width
66.9 in
65.2 in
67.8 in
Wheelbase
119.1 in
115.3 in
117.3 in
Ground Clearance
8.2 in
N/A
N/A

Interior Space

Seating Capacity
7 seater
7 seater
7 seater
Front Seat Leg Room
43 in
41 in
41.5 in
Front Seat Headroom
40.7 in
39.3 in
41.3 in
Front Seat Shoulder Room
61.8 in
57.9 in
61.5 in
Front Seat Hip Room
59.2 in
56.7 in
58.2 in
Rear Seat Leg Room
39 in
39.4 in
37.6 in
Rear Seat Headroom
40.5 in
38.5 in
40.4 in
Rear Seat Shoulder Room
61.9 in
58.1 in
60.8 in
Rear Seat Hip Room
59.1 in
57.4 in
58 in
Third Row Leg Room
32.2 in
29.7 in
33.7 in
Third Row Headroom
38.9 in
35.4 in
38.3 in
Third Row Shoulder Room
54.6 in
53.1 in
54.9 in
Third Row Hip Room
40.9 in
40.1 in
45.1 in

Weight and Towing

Curb Weight
4,345 lbs
4,236 lbs
4,222 lbs
Maximum Towing Capacity
5,300 lbs
3,500 lbs
N/A

Cargo Space

Cargo Volume to Seat 1
87.8 ft³
71.2 ft³
96.8 ft³
Cargo Volume to Seat 2
47.9 ft³
38.2 ft³
55.5 ft³
Cargo Volume to Seat 3
18.2 ft³
14.4 ft³
20.6 ft³

Colors and Materials

Standard Exterior Colors

  • Agate Black Metallic
  • Carbonized Gray Metallic
  • Iconic Silver Metallic
  • Oxford White
  • Deep Crystal Blue Mica
  • Jet Black Mica
  • Machine Gray Metallic
  • Snowflake White Pearl Mica
  • Deep Black Pearl
  • Platinum Gray Metallic
  • Pure White
  • Pyrite Silver Metallic
  • Tourmaline Blue Metallic

Standard Interior Materials

N/A
  • Black, Cloth Seat Trim
  • Titan Black, Cloth Seating Surfaces

Features and Options

Infotainment

HD Radio
Not Available
Standard
Not Available
Bluetooth Connection
Standard
Standard
Standard
Hard Disk Drive Media Storage
Standard
Not Available
Not Available
Satellite Radio
Standard
Not Available
Not Available
Smart Device Integration
Standard
Standard
Standard
WiFi Hotspot
Standard
Standard
Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input
Standard
Standard
Standard
MP3 Player
Standard
Standard
Standard

Interior Trim

Bucket Seats
Standard
Standard
Standard
Cloth Seats
Standard
Standard
Standard
Leather Steering Wheel
Not Available
Standard
Not Available

Comfort

Steering Wheel Audio Controls
Standard
Standard
Standard
Power Liftgate
Standard
Not Available
Not Available
Power Mirror(s)
Standard
Standard
Standard
A/C
Standard
Standard
Standard
Adaptive Cruise Control
Not Available
Standard
Not Available
Climate Control
Standard
Standard
Not Available
Cruise Control
Standard
Standard
Standard
Heated Front Seat(s)
Not Available
Standard
Not Available
Keyless Entry
Standard
Standard
Standard
Multi-Zone A/C
Standard
Standard
Not Available
Power Driver Seat
Standard
Standard
Not Available
Remote Engine Start
Standard
Not Available
Not Available
Remote Trunk Release
Standard
Not Available
Not Available
Rear A/C
Standard
Standard
Standard
Keyless Start
Not Available
Standard
Not Available
Telematics
Standard
Standard
Standard

Safety

Safety Features

Back-Up Camera
Standard
Standard
Standard
Cross-Traffic Alert
Standard
Standard
Standard
Rear Parking Aid
Standard
Not Available
Not Available
Blind Spot Monitor
Standard
Standard
Standard
Lane Departure Warning
Standard
Standard
Not Available
Lane Keeping Assist
Standard
Standard
Not Available
ABS
Standard
Standard
Standard
Tire Pressure Monitor
Standard
Standard
Standard
Brake Assist
Standard
Standard
Standard
Stability Control
Standard
Standard
Standard
Traction Control
Standard
Standard
Standard

US NHTSA crash test result

Overall Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Side Crash Rating
Rollover Rating

Airbags

Driver Air Bag
Standard
Standard
Standard
Front Head Air Bag
Standard
Standard
Standard
Front Side Air Bag
Standard
Standard
Standard
Knee Air Bag
Standard
Not Available
Not Available
Passenger Air Bag
Standard
Standard
Standard
Rear Head Air Bag
Standard
Standard
Standard

Warranty

Warranty Summary

Basic
3 Years / 36,000 Miles
3 Years / 36,000 Miles
4 Years / 50,000 Miles
Corrosion
5 Years / Unlimited Miles
5 Years / Unlimited Miles
7 Years / 100,000 Miles
Drivetrain
5 Years / 60,000 Miles
5 Years / 60,000 Miles
4 Years / 50,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance
5 Years / 60,000 Miles
3 Years / 36,000 Miles
3 Years / 36,000 Miles
Maintenance
N/A
N/A
2 Years / 20,000 Miles