The SUV segment of vehicles continues to grow in options for buyers in the U.S. Subcompact

compact, midsize, full-size, and luxury SUVs are all on offer from dozens of manufacturers.

Two midsize SUVs – the Ford Explorer and Mazda CX-9 – sell thousands of models yearly.

So, which one is the best for you? Here’s how the two midsize SUVs compare, with information from Kelley Blue Book (KBB).

According to KBB, six trims are available for the Mazda CX-9: the base Sport, Touring, Touring Plus, Carbon Edition, Grand Touring, and Signature

All models come with the same 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 227 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque.

Those numbers bump up to 250 hp and 320 lb-ft of torque when using premium gas. This powertrain gets a combined 23 mpg

All-wheel drive is standard across the lineup as well.

The Sport trim starts you off with many driver aids, including adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go operation, lane keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, and forward collision mitigation.

Comfort-wise, the front seats are heated, and a triple-zone climate control system is standard

The 10.25-inch infotainment system includes Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration.

The Touring trim adds a few more amenities, like an auto-dimming rearview mirror, rear USB ports, leather seats, and a power liftgate.

The Touring Premium package is optional for the Touring trim but standard for the Touring Plus trim

That package includes amenities like front and rear parking sensors, a sunroof, window shades in the second row, wireless smartphone charging, and a 12-speaker sound system