Mazda Announces Confusing Array of CX-90s

Just over a week ago, Mazda unveiled the CX-90. Who cares, right? Sure, but we enthusiasts also have utilitarian needs and, if station wagons seem to be a dying breed, what is the best Plan B? A vehicle from a company that caters to the enthusiast no matter how insipid the transportation device. We can accept that when forced, plus Mazda has that highly anticipated inline six.

But have you ever perused Mazda’s trim levels? They’re unnecessarily elaborate and complicated, and CX-90 pricing bears that out. Because of this, let’s try to make some sense out of it.

The general core trim levels in Mazda’s lineups include Select, Preferred, Preferred Plus, Premium and Premium Plus. With so many plusses and Ps, it’s quite difficult to keep up with Mazda’s hierarchy.

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Nonetheless, those trim levels have an umbrella hovering above them. In the case of the CX-90, there are three core sub-models: 3.3 Turbo, PHEV (over time, you’ll learn that means “plug-in hybrid”) and Turbo S.

The 3.3 Turbo comes with a 280-horsepower e-Skyactiv G engine that can achieve 24 city/28 highway/25 city combined mpg on regular fuel. A mild, 48-volt hybrid system called M-Hybrid Boost plays a role in its performance and economy.

The mid-level sub-model is the PHEV, which is equipped with the e-Skyactiv PHEV electric motor supported by a 17.8 kWh high-capacity battery and mated to Mazda’s familiar 2.5-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder. Combined, the system produces 323 horsepower on premium fuel. Fuel economy stats are not currently available for this one.

The top sub-model is the Turbo S. Its e-Skyactiv G engine offers 340 horsepower on premium fuel. While a substantial bump over the regular 3.3 Turbo, fuel economy doesn’t seem to have taken a toll considering the 23/28/25 ratings, with the higher cost of premium likely to be the main increase in operating costs. The Turbo S too is equipped with M-Hybrid Boost.

For the trim levels, the 3.3 Turbo will be available in all five packages, from Select to Premium Plus.

The PHEV will be available in three packages: Preferred, Premium and Premium Plus.

For the Turbo S, it’s available in three trim levels that include the base Turbo S, Premium and Premium Plus.

I’m sure you don’t want to be more confused, but the content mix for one Premium sub-model may be different than another. In other words, you cannot count on a 3.3 Turbo Premium having the same content mix as the Turbo S Premium.

Below you can find the prices of each sub-model and trim level. If you’re interested in shopping for a CX-90, your best bet is to peruse Mazda’s website to find the particular vehicle that has the proper level of equipment to suit your needs because there’s no way you’re going to be able to figure it out easily.


Package Starting MSRP
CX-90 3.3 Turbo Select $39,595
CX-90 3.3 Turbo Preferred $43,445
CX-90 3.3 Turbo Preferred Plus                  $45,900
CX-90 3.3 Turbo Premium $48,900
CX-90 3.3 Turbo Premium Plus $52,950
CX-90 PHEV Preferred $47,445
CX-90 PHEV Premium $52,900
CX-90 PHEV Premium Plus $56,950
CX-90 3.3 Turbo S $51,750
CX-90 3.3 Turbo S Premium $56,450
CX-90 3.3 Turbo S Premium Plus $59,950

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