New Mazda CX-90 Vs. New Lexus RX 350 Review

2024 Mazda CX-90 vs 2024 Lexus RX 350

If you’re looking for an SUV that can tackle family road trips and soccer practice pickup with elegance and comfort, consider our 2024 Mazda CX-90 vs. 2024 Lexus RX 350 comparison. Though the Mazda CX-90 can fit two to three more family members in its extra rear row of seating, these two SUVs share some benefits, such as incredible horsepower, beautiful design aesthetics, and towing capability. Here’s a closer look at each.

Once you see how our Mazda CX-90 stands up against the competition in nearly every way, book an appointment with our friendly Greenway Mazda Houston staff to learn more about the Mazda CX-90 and get an in-person look at your preferred trim.

Mazda CX-90 vs. Lexus RX 350 Trim Levels

Our Mazda CX-90 vs. Lexus RX 350 comparison begins with a look at their trim-level offerings. The Mazda CX-90 offers eight versatile trim options:

  • MAZDA CX-90 3.3 TURBO S

Alternatively, the 2024 Lexus RX 350 comes with only five trim level options:

  • Lexus RX 350
  • Lexus RX 350 Premium
  • Lexus RX 350 Premium+
  • Lexus RX 350 Luxury
  • Lexus RX 350 F SPORT Handling AWD
2024 Mazda CX-90 vs. Lexus RX 350 Trim Levels
2024 Mazda CX-90 vs. 2024 Lexus RX 350 Interior

2024 Mazda CX-90 vs. 2024 Lexus RX 350 Interior

The next topic in our 2024 Lexus RX 350 versus Mazda CX-90 comparison is the interiors. The Lexus RX 350 offers standard heated front seats, Black Cascade interior trim, and a power rear door on its base trim, but higher trim levels will garner better features. For example, the Lexus RX 350 F SPORT Handling AWD, the top trim, comes with heated and ventilated front seats, memory driver settings, and a 10-inch color Head-Up Display.

Our Mazda CX-90, however, simply delivers more on the base model than the Lexus RX 350. For example, the Mazda CX-90 comes standard with three-zone climate control with a pollen filter, a feature that exceeds the basic air filter on the Lexus RX 350. Both models offer standard eight-way power-adjustable seating and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, but the Mazda CX-90 outpaces the Lexus RX 350 with its larger standard infotainment interface. Enjoy a 10.25-inch infotainment system standard on the Mazda SUV, while the Lexus RX 350 has a 9.8-inch option.

Both models offer a power rear door, but the Mazda CX-90 provides programmable height-adjustment technology. The highest trim level of each vehicle boasts heated and ventilated seating and a 12-speaker sound system. However, the Mazda CX-90 also offers a standard heated steering wheel on the highest trim, which only comes in an additional package for the Lexus RX 350.

2024 Mazda CX-90 vs. 2024 Lexus RX 350 Specs and Configurations

2024 MAZDA CX-90 3.3 TURBO SELECT 2024 Lexus RX 350 FWD
Engine 3.3-liter turbo inline-6 engine 2.4-liter turbo inline-4 engine
Drivetrain i-ACTIV AWD® FWD
Torque 332 lb-ft 317 lb-ft
Towing Capacity 3,500 lbs1 3,494 lbs2
EPA-Est. MPG (Cty/Hwy/Comb) 24/28/253 22/29/254
Seating Capacity 7 or 8 5


The Mazda CX-90 and Lexus RX 350 are similar SUVs but have major differences. Every trim level for the Lexus RX 350 delivers the same performance on a 2.4-liter inline-four turbocharged engine, offering 275 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque. The Mazda CX-90 is more versatile, with two sets of engine specs. Lower-tier trims have a 3.3-liter turbocharged inline-six engine that delivers 280 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. Higher trims upgrade the same engine to offer up to 340 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque with premium fuel – meaning you get more capability with the Mazda CX-90.

Another point in favor of our Mazda CX-90 is that the vehicle can tow up to 5,000 pounds when properly equipped on higher trims and with specific configurations. Meanwhile, the Lexus RX 350 tows no more than 3,500 pounds when properly equipped.

Another difference between the two is that the Lexus RX 350 has a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle version, allowing ample fuel savings.

2024 Mazda CX-90 vs. 2024 Lexus RX 350 Safety Rating

Ever since the 2024 Mazda CX-90 release date, we’ve been eager to share the safety this model provides. The IIHS has awarded this three-row SUV with a Top Safety Pick+,5 meaning you can set off on every family errand and trip with confidence. The Lexus RX 350 has not been rated by the IIHS for the 2024 model year.

Both the Mazda CX-90 and Lexus RX 350 come with ample standard safety features, like rear cross-traffic alert, lane-keeping aids, and cruise control with stop-and-go. Brake assist, tire pressure monitoring, and collision mitigation also come standard on both models.

2024 Mazda CX-90 vs. 2024 Lexus RX 350 Safety Rating
2024 Mazda CX-90 vs. Lexus RX 350 Dimensions

Mazda CX-90 vs. Lexus RX 350 Dimensions

A look at the 2024 Mazda CX-90 vs. 2024 Lexus RX 350 dimensions showcases a clear winner with the Mazda CX-90. Our Mazda SUV seats between seven and eight passengers, depending on your chosen configuration, while the Lexus RX 350 only seats a maximum of five passengers.

Plus, enjoy more total cargo volume on the Mazda CX-90 with 74.2 cubic feet of space when the second and third rows are folded. Meanwhile, the two-row Lexus RX 350 only delivers 46.2 cubic feet of total cargo space. Antique shopping just got easier with the Mazda CX-90.


Explore the new 2024 Mazda CX-90 at Greenway Mazda Houston Today!

Now that you’ve learned how the two vehicles in our new Mazda CX-90 vs. new Lexus RX 350 comparison match up against each other, come enjoy an in-person look at the model we think takes the crown: the Mazda CX-90. Not only does this vehicle have a more efficient engine with more power, but it also seats more of your family and friends.

Visit our lot to see everything the 2024 Mazda CX-90 for sale has to offer and play with all the bells and whistles that make this all-new model such a pleasure. Don’t forget to ask our team about current financing specials and leasing deals that can help you hop behind the wheel of a higher trim level – all without straining your monthly budget.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are Mazda vehicles as good as Lexus vehicles?

As evidenced by our thorough comparison, the Mazda CX-90 outpaces many aspects of the Lexus RX 350. Although every car type is different, the two brands offer competitive features regarding power and performance. For example, you may find more versatility with our Mazda models than what Lexus vehicles offer.

Does the Mazda CX-90 require premium gas?

Although the three-row Mazda CX-90 SUV may see better performance on premium gas, the model maintains impressive engine specs using regular unleaded fuel. Mazda engineers emphasize the thrill of driving but also keep frugality in mind. This lets you dictate what matters more to you and your family: performance or savings.

Is the Mazda CX-90 worth buying?

If you’re looking for a luxurious SUV that can keep pace with your growing family while offering incredible performance, the Mazda CX-90 is worth your time and attention. Inside the model, you’ll benefit from ample comfort factors like leather upholstery, a premium audio system, and much more.

1Towing 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.

2Before towing, confirm your vehicle and trailer are compatible, hooked up properly and you have any necessary additional equipment. If gross trailer weight is above 5,000 lb (2,268 kg), it is necessary to use a weight-distributing hitch with sufficient capacity. Do not exceed any Weight Ratings and follow all instructions and cautions from your trailer-hitch manufacturer and vehicle Owner’s Manual. The maximum amount you can tow depends on the total weight of any cargo, occupants and available equipment. See Owner’s Manual for limitations.

3EPA-estimated mileage. Actual results will vary.

4EPA-estimated MPG ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary for many reasons, including your vehicle’s condition and how/where you drive. See www.fueleconomy.gov.

5This information is not verified by the official manufacturer and shall serve solely as unofficial general information. For details, visit: https://www.iihs.org/ratings/vehicle/mazda/cx-90-4-door-suv/2024


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