I Got To Drive The All-New Mazda CX-90 SUV (and you didn’t)

by | Apr 11, 2023 | Automotive

I do enjoy a little humblebrag now and then but when Mazda invited me and some other automobile “journalists” to check out the just released CX-90, I have to pump my chest a bit.  Though the weather was damp during my behind-the-wheel sojourn up to Sonoma Valley, the luxurious 3-row vehicle shined brightly with its handling, smooth turns, acceleration, comfort, and even its upgraded infotainment system.

The CX-90 is Mazda’s largest vehicle ever released in the U.S. and will replace the outgoing CX-9 model. The three versions include an all-gas powered Inline 6, the Turbo S and a PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid).  I go the chance to drive the Turbo S and PHEV models which offered similar experiences.  Some specs:

* 7.5″ longer wheelbase than the CX-9
* e-Skyactiv 2.5L 4-Cylinder Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV)
* 323 Horsepower (319 on regular fuel)
* 8-speed automatic
* 17.8 kWh battery
* Full-electric mode
* Seating for up to 8
* Interior upgrades including real wood trim, Nappa leather, heated/ventilated 1st and 2nd row chairs
* 12.3″ Infotainment screen with Android Auto and wireless Apple CarPlay
* 21″ diamond-cut wheels
* Pricing PHEV:
       Preferred: $47,445
       Premium: $52,900
       Premium Plus: $56,950
The Mazda team is betting this SUV will capture a good portion of the market segment with its early Spring 2023 push into dealerships.  From my conversations with the design, engineering, and marketing executives they are eager for potential buyers to at least experience the ride and high-level features that make this – in my words – a luxury SUV.
I talked about it extensively on my iHeartRadio show and now you can watch me put the CX-90 through some paces along with the wet and winding roads of Northern California.