Mazda’s flagship SUV makes its debut for the 2024 model year, offering three-row seating and a choice of three engines. Its platform will eventually be used for other large vehicles, while the CX-90 has all-wheel drive as standard.
Choosing Your Mazda CX-90
The CX-90 range is quite confusing to navigate, containing three powertrains and six trims, though some trims can only be had with one engine; others are available in any configuration.
Prices for gas models start at $40,970 including destination (if you’re in Alaska, add $45 to the quoted prices due to a slightly higher destination fee) for a 3.3 Turbo Select, rising to $61,325 for the Turbo S Premium Plus. Prices for the plug-in hybrid model range between $48,820 and $58,325.
The default engine in the CX-90 is a 3.3-liter turbocharged gas unit generating 280 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque, fed to all four wheels with a rear bias through an eight-speed automatic transmission. If that’s not enough power, High PT models (designated with the letter S) use the same engine to boost output to 340 hp and 369 lb-ft. The plug-in hybrid matches the S’s torque output, but horsepower falls slightly to 323 hp.
The fuel economy for this all-new model hadn’t been confirmed at the time of writing (March 2023).
|3.3 turbo||280 hp||332 lb-ft|
|3.3 turbo S||340 hp||369 lb-ft|
|3.3 PHEV||323 hp||369 lb-ft|
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
Cargo capacity for the eight-seater CX-90 stands at 14.9 cu ft with the rear seats in place, 40 cu ft once the third-row seats are dropped and 74.2 cu ft with the second row also lowered.
As you’d expect from an all-new SUV, safety provision is generous. Every CX-90 features blind spot monitoring, radar-guided cruise control with stop-and-go, cross-traffic alerts, and automatic emergency braking. Only Premium Plus models get a surround-view camera (Premium S models do as well), while Premium models and above benefit from emergency lane keeping and front/rear parking sensors.
Connectivity and infotainment vary widely across the CX-90 range, with a seven-inch LCD meter display in most turbo models giving way to a 12.3-inch fully digital cluster in Premium Plus models and the two more powerful engine ranges. Select and Preferred models are the only ones to miss out on a head-up display, navigation, and satellite radio. A 10.25-inch infotainment screen is standard on most models but a 12.3-inch version replaces it on Premium Plus and all S models, while the stock eight-speaker stereo gives way to a 12-speaker Bose system in Premium, Premium Plus, and S configurations. Across-the-range features include HD radio, smartphone mirroring (wireless on all except Select and Preferred), and voice control.
Riding into battle on 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels, Select models are equipped with privacy glass, automatic LED lights, and rain-sensing wipers. The climate-controlled cabin sports a leather-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel, HD radio controlled through a 10.25-inch infotainment system, and eight-way power including lumbar adjustment on the driver’s seat.
There are no available packs on any CX-90 model.
Preferred models broadly follow Select’s specifications, adding a power sunroof with interior sunshade, heated leather front seats with power adjustment for the passenger, and six USB ports, plus retractable second-row sunshades.
Improvements over Preferred trim are limited to wireless phone charging with wireless smartphone integration, plus a head-up display.
Unique to the more powerful 3.3-liter gas engine, S models are distinguished externally by 21-inch alloy wheels and a panoramic sunroof, plus a hands-free power liftgate with programmable height adjustment. The side mirrors automatically power fold and tilt in reverse, with memory also included.
As well as S trim’s accouterments, Premium models receive second-row captain’s chairs, while navigation and a 12-speaker Bose stereo accompany satellite radio and memory for the driver’s seat. This is the first CX-90 to have traffic sign recognition, blind spot assistance, emergency lane keeping, and parking sensors as standard. The more powerful S models only have six seats in lieu of the usual seven, and these are the only Premium models to receive a larger 12.3-inch color center display.
With automatic power-folding and auto-dimming outside mirrors alongside a windshield wiper de-icer, the flagship CX-90 also incorporates Nappa leather. There’s heating in the second-row seats and ventilation up front, plus a heated steering wheel, a 12.3-inch center display, and an identically sized digital instrument cluster. The former screen showcases the 360-degree monitor, while additional safety systems include front cross-traffic alert and braking.
There’s no doubt that Premium Plus models feel more luxurious than their lesser siblings, but Premium achieves a similar sentiment for $4,000 less. The standard 3.3-liter engine should be sufficient for most buyers.