Mazda CX-90 GT G50e SUV 2023 Review

Is the Mazda CX-90 any good

CX-90 GT – Last week I drove the all-new Mazda CX-90. This is a large family-based SUV that is the platform for future EV models for the brand.  Its also the spearhead of a deliberate push upmarket against the premium brands such as Audi, Genesis, and Lexus.

Mazda CX-90 GT front quarter 1 The CX-90 is big. To gain a perspective of its size its some 19 cm longer in wheelbase than the CX-9.  That’s a lot.

The CX-90 comes in three grades and with a choice of inline 6 cylinder 3.3L mild hybrid petrol or diesel engines. Pricing is from $74,400 through to a hefty $94,500 dollars plus the usual costs.

We drove the mid spec GT model with the petrol engine.

It is stylish, has presence and spacious inside.

The overall ambience is definitely premium with luxury touches everywhere. Seats are supportive and comfortable; drivers positioning is particularly good and there is room for the family behind.

The six-cylinder petrol engine provides plenty of performance and the dynamic handling is what you would expect of a premium SUV. However, the ride is a little harsh on country roads. This is a little disappointing given how good the CX-9 is.

It will be interesting to see if buyers will favour the big Mazda against the likes of a Genesis or Audi.

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Quick Mazda CX-90 GT thoughts

What is good?

  • Easy to live with
  • Build quality.
  • Spacious interior

What is not so good?

  • No full Hybrid engine.
  • Not as economical as you think
  • Expensive

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The CX-90 GT sits at the upper end of the large SUV segment. It’s a bold move upmarket by Mazda.

Buyers could look towards Nissan Pathfinder Ti-L, Hyundai Palisade Highlander, Genesis GV80, Kia Carnival, Audi Q7, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Toyota Kluger,

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Mazda CX-90 GT final thoughts

The new Mazda is big, much bigger than the CX-9. It’s also looking to move into a more premium segment and the style and interior ambience reflect that.

There is plenty of room inside and the level of comfort is appreciated.

Both engines provide more than enough performance and reasonable economy.

However, its let down by its suspension and ride. There is a bit of work yet to be done there, especially as the CX-9 is so good in that area.

The top spec model GT is priced close to $95,000 once its on road. That’s a lot of money and it will be interesting to see the market reaction.

But its definitely worth a drive to see if it fits what you are looking for.

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Mazda CX-90

Model

CX-90 GT

Model Price $85,530 MLP*
Engine 3.2L 6 Cyl Petrol MH Euro 5
Drivetrain 8Sp SKYACTIV AT AWD
Battery Capacity / type N/A
Power 254kW @ 5,000rpm
Torque 500Nm @ 2,000 – 4,500 rpm
Fuel ADR 8.2L/100km
Fuel on Test 10.5L/100km
Fuel capacity 74L
Range (WLTP) / efficiency 902 km Ave
Fast Charge / Home (240V) N/A
Safety Not Tested
CO2 Emissions 189/km
0-100kmh/Top Speed N/A
Servicing 12 Mth / 15,000km – Capped Price
Warranty 5yr/ Unlimited km with
Roadside Assist 5Yr. conditional roadside assist

*MLP Includes GST and LCT but excluding statutory charges, dealer costs and dealer delivery. See your dealer for RDAP. Does not include price of options. Some features mentioned in the article are options. RDAP means Recommended Drive Away Price (without options but including all other charges)

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Overall Rating    

81/100

Behind the Wheel 9
Comfort 8
Equipment 8
Performance 9
Ride and Handling 8
Practicality 8
Fit for Purpose 8
Style and Appeal 8
Technology/connectivity 8
Value for Money 7

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Dimensions

 
Overall Length 5120mm
Wheelbase 3120mm
Width 1994mm
Height 1745mm
Wheels 21×9.5 Alloy
Tyres 275/25 R21
Max ground clearance 206mm
Wading Depth N/A
Approach N/A
Rampover N/A
Departure angle N/A
Turning Circle KTK 10.8m
Boot Capacity Min 608L
Boot capacity Max 1163L
Battery Weight N/A
Kerb Weight 2220kg
Payload (kg) 580kg
GVM (kg) 2800kg
GCM 5300kg
Towing Capacity 2500kg
Tow Ball rating 150kg

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Summary

The new Mazda is big, much bigger than the CX-9. It’s also looking to move into a more premium segment and the style and interior ambience reflect that.

There is plenty of room inside and the level of comfort is appreciated.

Both engines provide more than enough performance and reasonable economy.

However, its let down by its suspension and ride. There is a bit of work yet to be done there, especially as the CX-9 is so good in that area.

The top spec model GT is priced close to $95,000 once its on road. That’s a lot of money and it will be interesting to see the market reaction.

But its definitely worth a drive to see if it fits what you are looking for.

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Rob Fraser – General dogsbody & Director Rob is the founder of the business. He constantly mutters something about way too many red wines one evening being to blame. Often known for taking the 4WD in the driveway over the sports car, he has travelled pretty much everywhere in Australia and when he is bored goes for a drive. He first learned to drive on the farm in a left hand drive WW11 Jeep when he was 11, and was hooked on 4WDriving way back then. In addition to 4WD he is an avid motoring enthusiast and has maintained a strong interest in the industry ever since his teens. He has owned way too many cars in his time as well. Having previously lived at the top of corporate life he retired in 2000 and hasn’t put a suit and tie on since. Cars are his passion so why not have a business doing what you love he figures. He has towed either a caravan or camper trailer to most parts of Australia, has run guided tours for camper trailers’ and instructed drivers in off road towing.