The Mazda Navajo, based on the hugely successful Ford Explorer, allowed Mazda to enter the lucrative compact sport/utility market without having to incur the expense of building a new sport/utility from scratch, but Mazda was only able to offer the less-popular 2-door versions. Mazda negotiated with Ford to sell both 2- and 4-door versions of the new Explorer, but did not have them in the Navajo's later years. Competition for the Navajo came from its Ford Explorer twin as well as the 2-door Jeep Cherokee, the Isuzu Rodeo, the Nissan Pathfinder and the Toyota 4Runner.

Year-to-year changes[edit | edit source]

1991[edit | edit source]

The Navajo was powered by Ford's 4.0-liter V6 engine, which came with a 5-speed manual transmission as standard equipment. A 4-speed automatic was an option.

1992[edit | edit source]

Beginning this year, the Navajo was available in 2wd and 4wd versions and in two trim levels, the base DX and the uplevel LX. The 4-wheel-drive models were equipped with Ford's Touch Drive, an electrically shifted 2-speed transfer case with automatic locking hubs that allowed shift-on-the-fly 4wd operation. Standard equipment on all models included an AM/FM stereo radio and reclining front bucket seats. Options for the Navajo included air conditioning, a removable tinted-glass moonroof, cruise control, CD player, towing package, leather upholstery, and roof rack.

1993[edit | edit source]

Rear-wheel antilock brakes were added as standard equipment.

1994[edit | edit source]

The '94 Navajo added new alloy wheels with larger all-terrain tires. Unfortunately, late this year, the car was being discontinued. However, in 1995, the Navajo was still available for quite a while as dealers sold off the remaining stock of 1994 models during that time.

Retail prices[edit | edit source]

As of March 30, 1992:

  • $15,795 (1992 Mazda Navajo DX 4x2)
  • $17,495 (1992 Mazda Navajo LX 4x2)
  • $17,595 (1992 Mazda Navajo DX 4x4)
  • $19,295 (1992 Mazda Navajo LX 4x4)

As of October 30, 1992:

  • $16,595 (1993 Mazda Navajo DX 4x2)
  • $18,195 (1993 Mazda Navajo LX 4x2)
  • $18,395 (1993 Mazda Navajo DX 4x4)
  • $19,995 (1993 Mazda Navajo LX 4x4)

As of April 2, 1993:

  • $17,355 (1993 Mazda Navajo DX 4x2)
  • $18,455 (1993 Mazda Navajo LX 4x2)
  • $19,155 (1993 Mazda Navajo DX 4x4)
  • $20,255 (1993 Mazda Navajo LX 4x4)

As of October 29, 1993:

  • $17,775 (1994 Mazda Navajo DX 4x2)
  • $18,995 (1994 Mazda Navajo LX 4x2)
  • $19,565 (1994 Mazda Navajo DX 4x4)
  • $20,785 (1994 Mazda Navajo LX 4x4)

As of April 1, 1994:

  • $18,225 (1994 Mazda Navajo DX 4x2)
  • $19,445 (1994 Mazda Navajo LX 4x2)
  • $20,015 (1994 Mazda Navajo DX 4x4)
  • $21,235 (1994 Mazda Navajo LX 4x4)

As of September 1, 1994:

  • $18,785 (1994 Mazda Navajo DX 4x2)
  • $20,005 (1994 Mazda Navajo LX 4x2)
  • $20,575 (1994 Mazda Navajo DX 4x4)
  • $21,795 (1994 Mazda Navajo LX 4x4)

Shipping prices[edit | edit source]

  • $490 (1992-1994 models)

Gallery[edit | edit source]

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