New Mazda CX-90 Vs. Acura MDX

Mazda CX-90 vs. Acura MDX Compared

We love to see a thrillingly close SUV comparison, but the battle between Mazda CX-90 vs. Acura MDX SUVs is a bit lopsided. The three-row Mazda CX-90 overcomes its Acura MDX competition in engine torque, fuel economy, trim options, passenger seating, interior space – and the list goes on. You deserve a top-performing SUV, which means you deserve the stunning specs and style of a new Mazda CX-90.

Take a spin through the new Mazda CX-90 and Acura MDX engine specs and cabin features to see for yourself how driving home in a 2024 Mazda CX-90 is the superior choice.

Mazda CX-90 vs. Acura MDX: Trim Levels

Mazda CX-90 vs. Acura MDX: Trim Levels

Unsure which 2024 Mazda CX-90 vs. Acura MDX trim to choose? The Mazda models are refined and elegant, while the Acura options are trendy but less luxurious.

The eight regal Mazda CX-90 trims exude sophistication with LED headlights and taillights, body-colored heated side mirrors, and aluminum roof rails for additional storage. Here is your menu of options:

  • MAZDA CX-90 3.3 TURBO SELECT
  • MAZDA CX-90 3.3 TURBO PREFERRED
  • MAZDA CX-90 3.3 TURBO PREFERRED PLUS
  • MAZDA CX-90 3.3 TURBO PREMIUM
  • MAZDA CX-90 3.3 TURBO PREMIUM PLUS
  • MAZDA CX-90 3.3 TURBO S
  • MAZDA CX-90 3.3 TURBO S PREMIUM
  • MAZDA CX-90 3.3 TURBO S PREMIUM PLUS

The 2024 Acura MDX offers six trim levels:

  • MDX
  • Technology Package
  • A-Spec Package
  • Advance Package
  • Type S
  • Type S Advance Package

They give off a sporty vibe but are decidedly less elegant than the Mazda CX-90. Each Acura MDX edition features LED headlights and taillights, but roof rails only exist on two trims.

Mazda CX-90 vs. Acura MDX: Interior Design & Technology

Mazda CX-90 vs. Acura MDX: Interior Design & Technology

With seating for up to eight passengers, the new Mazda CX-90 cabin is spacious and well-designed. Interior accents, piping, and finishes create a sense of maturity and class, while available leather upholstery and a standard leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter elevate the vehicle’s styling.

The Mazda CX-90 dash features a 10.25-inch full-color center display with infotainment voice command. Opt for a higher-level trim to gain wireless phone charging, a 12.3-inch center display with Mazda Navigation System, and a Bose® Centerpoint® Surround Sound System with AudioPilot®. Like the Mazda model, the 2024 Acura MDX cabin features standard leatherette upholstery. Top trims add an ELS Studio 3D Premium Audio System. However, these top tiers are tens of thousands of dollars over the MSRP of the top Mazda CX-90 models.

Whether you choose a Mazda CX-90 or Acura MDX, you will get standard Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration, three-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry, a push-button start, and a power liftgate, but the Mazda trims give you a third row that can more easily fit taller individuals.

Mazda CX-90 vs. Acura MDX: Specs, Performance & MPG

Mazda CX-90 vs. Acura MDX: Specs, Performance & MPG

Gain intense driving confidence and a buttery smooth ride with the 3.3-liter turbo inline six-cylinder of the new Mazda CX-90. This finely tuned, muscular engine revs up to speed with 332 pound-feet of torque in its first five trims. Boost your engine power to 369 pound-feet of torque in upper trims, and enjoy i-Activ AWD® capability across the board.

Try as they might, the Acura MDX specs fall short. Its 3.0-liter turbo six-cylinder generates slightly more horsepower than the Mazda SUV, but its 267 pound-feet of standard torque is a significant reduction. You’ll have to choose an upper-level Acura trim to gain 354 pound-feet of torque, which still can’t compete with the upper-tier Mazda CX-90 models.

Another critical aspect of Mazda CX-90 vs. Acura MDX performance is fuel economy, and the Mazda SUV dominates yet again. Sign a Mazda CX-90 lease and gain an M Hybrid System plus turbocharged engine combo that allows entry-level Mazda CX-90 trims to produce an EPA-estimated 24/28 MPG (City/Highway).1 The upper three Mazda trims deliver a similar 23/28 MPG (City/Highway).1

Meanwhile, the 2024 Acura MDX MPG feels like taking a giant step backward. This SUV maxes out at an EPA-estimated 19/26 MPG (City/Highway)2 in FWD and only manages a paltry 17/21 MPG (City/Highway)2 with AWD in its top-tier trims.

Those interested in every greater efficiency can talk to our team about the Mazda CX-90 PHEV option.

2024 Mazda CX-90 3.3 Turbo S Premium Plus 2024 Acura MDX Type S Advance
Engine 3.3L Turbo Inline 6 w/ M Hybrid Boost 3.0L Twin-Scroll Turbo 6-Cyl
Horsepower 340 355
Torque 369 lb-ft 354 lb-ft
Drivetrain i-ACTIV AWD® SH-AWD
EPA-Est. MPG (City/Hwy) 23/28 MPG1 17/21 MPG2
Cargo Capacity Behind 1st Row 75.2 cu ft 71.4 cu ft
Passenger Seating up to 8 up to 7
Towing Capacity 5,000 lbs3 5,000 lbs4

Mazda CX-90 vs. Acura MDX: Dimensions

Mazda CX-90 vs. Acura MDX: Dimensions

At 201.6 inches long and 84.9 inches wide, the new Mazda CX-90 is the largest vehicle in this comparison. Mazda engineers thoughtfully designed the cabin to give passengers more headroom and legroom in the first, second, and third rows, making it the ideal choice for families with multiple children. Second-row seats are also fitted with Easy Tilt and Slide Access to make the back seat even more accessible.

The Acura MDX is more than three inches shorter and 6.5 inches narrower than the Mazda CX-90. Don’t expect to seat teenagers or adults in the Acura SUV’s third row – the legroom is very cramped. While the Acura SUV’s standard cargo capacity is slightly larger, you’ll ultimately gain more storage space in the Mazda CX-90 when you fold the second and third rows flat.

Mazda CX-90 vs. Acura MDX: Safety Ratings

When shopping for the best SUV, it’s important to compare Mazda CX-90 vs. Acura MDX safety features and ratings. Aside from the typical Blind-Spot Systems, Stability Control, and LATCH child seat systems, the Mazda CX-90 is equipped with advanced safety features.

From a Driver Attention Alert system that attunes to your fatigue to Smart Brake Support and Vehicle Exit Warning that helps you avoid collisions, the Mazda SUV promotes high-tech safety and security at every level. Both vehicles take home a 2024 IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award,5,6 but only the Mazda CX-90 received a 2024 Car and Driver Editors’ Choice award.7

Shop the New Mazda CX-90 Today

Capture SUV class and elegance in a new Mazda CX-90 when you visit Greenway Mazda Houston. Meet with our finance team to explore our new vehicle specials and drive home with the confidence of new-car savings and excellent performance!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between a Mazda CX-90 and an Acura MDX?

There are multiple important differences between the Mazda CX-90 and the Acura MDX, the most notable being fuel economy, cabin space, passenger seating, and engine torque. The Mazda CX-90 dominates in all these categories with up to an EPA-estimated 24/28 MPG (City/Highway),1 extra headroom and legroom in all three rows, seating for eight, and boosted engine torque.

Which is bigger: the Mazda CX-90 or the Acura MDX?

A direct Mazda CX-90 vs. Acura MDX size comparison highlights that the Mazda CX-90 SUV is longer and wider, which translates to a bigger cabin and a more luxurious ride for all eight of its passengers. The Acura MDX is shorter, narrower, has less headroom and legroom in every row, and only seats seven. The Mazda CX-90 also offers more cargo storage behind the first row.

Which is faster: the Mazda CX-90 or the Acura MDX?

Official 0-60 rates for these vehicles have not been released. On one hand, the Mazda CX-90 offers drivers more torque. However, it is a larger vehicle than the Acura MDX. To see how quickly you can get up to speed in the Mazda SUV, stop by our dealership for a test drive today and experience the Mazda SUV’s torque and speed for yourself!


1EPA-estimated mileage. Actual results will vary.

2Based on 2024 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.

3Towing capacities shown are maximums and must be reduced by the weight of any passenger, cargo hitch or optional equipment in the towing vehicle. Please refer to vehicle Owner’s Manual for details regarding towing capacities and other valuable information. Towing a trailer will have an effect on the vehicle’s handling, braking, durability, performance and driving economy. For specific information on recommended or required equipment, see your Mazda Dealer. Hitches are available through manufacturers other than Mazda.

4Towing requires the addition of the Acura accessory trailer hitch and hitch ball. Please see your Acura dealer for details. Added cargo weight in the vehicle may reduce max towing capacity, see Owners Guide for details.

5Reference to this third-party claim is solely for informational purposes and not to be relied upon. For details regarding this award, visit https://www.iihs.org/ratings/vehicle/mazda/cx-90-4-door-suv/2024

6Reference to this third-party claim is solely for informational purposes and not to be relied upon. For details regarding this award, visit https://www.iihs.org/ratings/vehicle/acura/mdx-4-door-suv/2024

7This information is not verified by the official manufacturer and shall serve solely as unofficial general information. For details, visit: https://www.caranddriver.com/features/a46550349/2024-editors-choice/

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