The Mazda Navajo wis a 2-door SUV introduced in 1991, an Mazda's vera first aff-roader. An aa, the Navajo wis Mazda's ae truck-based SUV. Available ae as a fower-wheel drive, twa-door vehicle, the Navajo wis essentially a rebadged Ford Explorer Sport. It wis marketit in the Unitit States ae, as Mazda Canadae did no want tae market an SUV. Aw Navajos wur built in Louisville, Kentucky, whaur the Explorer wis built.
Tae set the twa apairt, the Navajo haed a different grille, taillights an wheels. Inside, it wis even harder tae tell ane frae the ither, as seat fabrics, typeface on the instrument cluster (but the same design) an the steerin wheel hub wur the ae apparent differences. Twa trim levels for the Navajo wur affered, base an LX. The base version affered pouer windaes, pouer locks an pouer mirrors as standard. The LX addit features such as extra interior illumination an a leather-wrapt steerin wheel. An optional premium package loadit up the Navajo wi luxuries includin air conditionin, a stereo seestem wi cassette deck, cruise control, sport seats wi pouer lumbar adjustment an a pop-up/removable muinruif.
A rear-wheel drive Navajo wis available for 1992, geared towards fowk who liked the sporty image o an SUV, but did no need fower-wheel drive. Base models wur nou cawed the DX, mair in keepin wi the Japanese manufacturer's way o referrin tae their base versions (such as Mazda's awn 626 DX). Itherwise, the Navajo chynged so little that maist o the photography uised in the 1991 brochure wis reuised for the 1992 brochure. As expectit, the 1993 Navajo picked up the same mechanical upgrades as the Explorer, such as increast pouer for the V6 ingine an fower-wheel anti-lock brakes. Unlike the Explorer, housomeivver, the ae ither chynge wis an optional CD player. New five-spoke alloy wheels for the Navajo LX wur the ae chynge for 1994, which wis the Navajo's last year. Sales wur puir, an the Navajo wis eventually replaced wi the Mazda Tribute (based on the Ford Escape) in 2001, seiven years efter the Navajo wis discontinued. The Navajo wis Motor Trend magazine's Truck o the Year for 1991. Template:North American Mazda vehicles