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Mazda 3 vs. Ford Explorer

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Mazda 3

$433
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Ford Explorer

$722
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Overall Reliability Rating

4
1
2
Group 4
Group 4
Excellent
The Mazda 3 Reliability Rating is 4.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 8th out of 36 for compact cars. The average annual repair cost is $433 which means it has excellent ownership costs. The severity and frequency of repairs are both much lower than other vehicles, so the 3 is one of the more reliable vehicles on the road.
3
1
2
Group 4
Group 4
Above Average
The Ford Explorer Reliability Rating is 3.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 21st out of 26 for midsize SUVs. The average annual repair cost is $722 which means it has average ownership costs. The frequency and severity of repairs are both fairly average when compared with all other vehicles.
Cost
Average annual repairs total
$433
inexpensive
expensive
$722
inexpensive
expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.26
not often
very often
0.46
not often
very often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
8%
not urgent
urgent
12%
not urgent
urgent

Overall Car Ratings & Details

5
(4)
4
(11)
3
(6)
2
(4)
1
(0)
The Mazda Mazda3 ranks highest in exhaust and ranks lowest in heating.
“Loved this little car. Only complaints were that air conditioning was weak and the low profile tires, while good looking, make the ride a tad rough. I know it's a sporty little wagon but you defini...”
“Loved this little car. Only complaints were that air conditioning was weak and the low profile ti...”
5
(9)
4
(70)
3
(44)
2
(15)
1
(5)
The Ford Explorer ranks highest in exhaust and ranks lowest in drive train.
67% of reviewers would recommend this car.
“I have so much to say about this SUV. Once again, Ford outdid themselves. I too had the Eddie Bauer edition and it was so reliable, it was a workhorse. When it first came out, big SUVs weren't aro...”
“I have so much to say about this SUV. Once again, Ford outdid themselves. I too had the Eddie Bau...”
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