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Mazda Navajo
ManufacturerFord Motor Company
AssemblyLouisville, Kentucky
Body and chassis
ClassMid-size SUV
Body style3-door SUV
LayoutFront-engine, rear-wheel drive / Front-engine, four-wheel drive
RelatedFord Explorer
Ford Ranger (North American)
Mazda B-Series (North American)
Ford Aerostar
Engine4.0 liter Cologne V6 160 hp (119 kW)
TransmissionFord C3-based A4LD 4-speed automatic
Mazda 5-speed manual
Wheelbase102.1 in (2,593 mm)
Length175.3 in (4,453 mm)
Width70.2 in (1,783 mm)
Height68.1 in (1,730 mm)
SuccessorMazda Tribute

The Mazda Navajo is a mid-size SUV manufactured by Ford Motor Company for the Japanese automaker Mazda, and is a rebadged version of the first generation Ford Explorer. It was Mazda's first SUV, and was offered with a choice of rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive.

The Navajo won the 1991 Motor Trend Truck of the Year award, but because of its Explorer origins, its reputation deteriorated amid the Firestone and Ford tire controversy.[1]


Mazda Navajo

The Navajo featured a few minor changes from the Explorer it was based on. It got a revised front fascia, new taillamps and wheels, and the bumpers were painted dark gray (resulting in the deletion of all chrome trim).[1] The interior was largely shared between the two model lines, with the Navajo receiving its own lettering for the instrument panel (in line with other Mazda vehicles), and Mazda lettering was added to the Ford steering wheel hub.


In place of the three trims offered on the three-door Ford Explorer, Mazda offered the Navajo in base DX and top-tier LX trim (roughly the equivalent of the Explorer Sport and three-door Explorer XLT). Offered only with four-wheel drive at its launch, a rear-wheel drive version of the Navajo was introduced for 1992. As with the first-generation Explorer, all Navajos were fitted with a 4.0 L V6; a five-speed manual was standard, with a four-speed automatic offered as an option (on both the DX and LX).


The Mazda Navajo stopped production after three years. It was replaced by the Ford Escape-based Mazda Tribute.


  1. ^ a b "Rare anywhere: Mazda Navajo". Autoweek. 2018-03-15. Retrieved 2020-02-01.