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If the first thought that comes to mind when you hear the Mazda name is the whisper of “zoom zoom,” you’ve got the right idea. This tagline, used to bring an air of excitement to the Mazda brand, became an expected quality for all Mazda vehicles. Does the new 2024 Mazda CX-90 midsize SUV bring the “zoom zoom” you demand? Let’s find out.

What powers this new 2024 Mazda CX-90 midsize SUV?

White 2024 Mazda CX-90 Midsize SUV parked next to a brikc building
2024 Mazda CX-90 Midsize SUV | Mazda

Mazda offers two powertrains for this new SUV. The base, standard setup gives you a 3.3-liter straight-six that delivers 280 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque with 87-octane fuel. Choose premium fuel, and that power bumps up to 340 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. If you enjoy a more powerful ride, the added cost of premium fuel is worth it.

The second powertrain gives you a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine plus an electric motor to deliver a plug-in hybrid system. This powertrain brings 323 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque to the mix.

All Mazda CX-90 models use an 8-speed automatic transmission. The 6-cylinder versions include a 48-volt mild hybrid system mounted between the engine and transmission for an added power boost.

Everything about the powertrains is brand new and a huge step up from the outgoing Mazda CX-9.

Why is the hood so much longer in this new Mazda SUV?

Dashboard View 2024 Mazda CX-90
Dashboard View 2024 Mazda CX-90 | Mazda

The CX-90 has a much longer front end than the outgoing CX-9. This is the result of the new architecture and engine layout. The new Large platform underpins this Mazda midsize SUV, and it situates the engine longitudinally rather than transversely as it is in the CX-9. Typically this new layout would result in an RWD SUV, but all Mazda CX-90 models come with standard AWD.

The change to a longitudinal layout also allows this Mazda SUV to look the part of a premium SUV. The longer dash-to-axle ratio shows up strong, pushing the cabin further back, giving this new SUV more elegant proportions. It wouldn’t be a stretch to guess this SUV comes from a luxury brand if it weren’t wearing any Mazda badges.

How much bigger is the new 2024 Mazda CX-90 midsize SUV than the CX-9?

The CX-90 looks much larger than the CX-9, but it’s only 1.4 inches longer, 0.6 inches taller, and 1.0 inches wider than its predecessor. The biggest difference is in the wheelbase. With the wheels pushed forward, the CX-90 offers 7.5 additional inches between the wheels than the CX-9. This puts the new Mazda SUV in the larger part of the midsize SUV class.

Does this new midsize SUV drive like a Mazda?

2024 Mazda CX-90 on a Wet Road making use of the standard AWD system
2024 Mazda CX-90 on a Wet Road | Mazda

The new CX-90 doesn’t include air springs or adjustable dampers found on many other premiums SUVs, but you won’t notice them missing from your drive. This impressive SUV feels tight on the corners without being hard on your passengers. The 2024 Mazda CX-90 strikes an excellent balance of soft road manners for the family and dynamic driving for those searching for the “zoom zoo” qualities in this midsize SUV. Overall, the CX-90 absolutely drives like a Mazda.

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