Brand new for the new year, the 2024 Mazda CX-90 acts like a large SUV but still has a fair amount of agility to it, as do most of its brother Mazdas.
This big Mazda (an oxymoron of sorts) starts off with a 3.3-liter inline-6 engine that is far more powerful than most Mazda engines, yet it is amazingly quiet. If you need a powerful vehicle that can tackle the road, yet give you a sense of confidence, this is definitely one to consider.
(The CX-9 is being discontinued in favor of the new, bigger CX-90.)
There is plenty of room inside for four bears. Most reviewers will tell you there is room for up to eight people with the third row; I would stick with using just two rows, keeping the third row down and using it for extra cargo space.
Luxury abounds in this new model, even though the CX-90 is not a luxury vehicle. As my husband and I did our winter driving, we truly felt like we were in our own Winter Wonderland of comfort and ease. Everything from the steering to the road handling – even the hard breaking – handily came off without a hitch.
Some of the base standard equipment includes a power liftgate, synthetic leather upholstery (it breathes better), tri-zone climate control, 8-speaker audio, roof rails, 19-inch alloy wheels, lane-keep assist, blind-spot warning with rear cross-traffic warning, front collision mitigation, driver attention monitoring and safe passenger exit. To name a few.
As you go up the food chain, you can obviously get more fancy stuff, like a sunroof, power seats and chrome exterior trim. I tested the Turbo Premium Plus trim, which will easily add an extra $14K US and more to the total tab. Very nice, to say the least.
Prices start at just under $40K US. Noteworthy competitors in the ‘midsize SUV’ category are the Kia Telluride and Hyundai Palisade.
As 2023 draws to a close, I am truly trying to close every article on a happy note, and I feel there is so much for which we, as Bears, can be happy.
There is a lot of love in the Bear community and all you have to do is look around (and throughout the ‘pages’ of Bear World) to see that we can create and have created our own safe space of love and happiness.
Hold onto that. Little, if anything, can replace that.
Happy Holidays from our Bear World to your Bear World.