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The 2024 Mazda CX-90 brings the heat, replacing the CX-9 with more size, power, performance, and quality. This new Mazda three-row SUV continues to carry the “zoom zoom” qualities found in the Mazda lineup, making it a fun and active SUV for a large family. Most midsize three-row SUVs are absent actual driving pleasure, but not the 2024 Mazda CX-90.

Although there’s a lot to love about this three-row Mazda, it’s not all a bed of roses. Let’s review some of the pros and cons of this new SUV.

Plum-colored 2024 Mazda CX-90 three-row midsize SUV driving down a road.
2024 Mazda CX-90 | Mazda

But first, some specs of the 2024 Mazda CX-90

Powertrain3.3-liter turbocharged 6-cylinder engine| 8-speed automatic transmission| AWD
Horsepower340 hp
Torque369 lb-ft
Seating7 or 8 passengers
Cargo Volume14.9 cu-ft|40 cu-ft|74.2 cu-ft
Towing Capacity5,000 pounds
Ground Clearance8.1 inches
Fuel Mileage24 city/28 hwy


Driving Experience: The new Mazda CX-90 drives like a smaller SUV. The three-row configuration means this is a large, midsize SUV, but that doesn’t keep it from being agile and impressive on any road. The well-weighted steering and chassis make the CX-90 feel light and confident.

Quick Acceleration: Mazda brought us the SkyActiv technology, which delivered maximum torque at low RPMs. This continues in the CX-90, which hits 369 lb-ft of torque at 2,000 RPMs. In addition to this low torque range, this Mazda SUV has a mild hybrid system integrated into the powertrain, aiding acceleration with a slight power boost.

Long Flowing Style: Mazda embraces the Kodo design language, which loosely translates to “fluidity in motion.” The 2024 Mazda CX-90 has a long hood, which hints at a much larger powertrain than the CX-9. This longitudinal straight-size helps improve the CX-90s style, requiring the long flowing hood and impressive Mazda style lines included in this new SUV.


Stiff Suspension Feel: Mazda understands driving excitement, which comes with stiff suspension tuning. Unfortunately, the CX-90 provides a harsher ride than you might like, especially in a family SUV.

Road Noise: The CX-90 allows more road noise into the cabin than Buick SUVs, but this Mazda isn’t competing in the premium market. Often, we forget that Mazda is a mainstream brand because of its premium qualities. Still, the cabin could be much quieter than it is.

Lacks Storage Space: Although the CX-90s cargo room is on par with other three-row midsize SUVs, this Mazda lacks the small storage areas expected in new vehicles. The 2024 Mazda CX-90 has:

  • Front door pockets
  • Glasses storage
  • Two cupholders
  • Wireless charging shelf
  • Shallow armrest cubby

Unfortunately, this SUV lacks a large space for a purse or laptop bag and storage shelves in front for the passenger. You’ll find these items in the Toyota Highlander.

Is the 2024 Mazda CX-90 a good SUV?

This Mazda three-row SUV is better than good, especially for those searching for a great driving experience. The exterior style and cabin materials are also an impressive part of the package. However, The harsh ride, road noise, and lack of storage could be enough to turn some shoppers toward other midsize SUVs.