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2024 Mazda CX-90 vs. 2024 Kia Sorento Comparison – Kelley Blue Book

Choosing a midsize 3-row SUV is no easy task because there are plenty of great options out there. In the case of the 2024 Mazda CX-90 and the 2024 Kia Sorento, you have two distinct approaches.

Despite its mainstream Mazda label, the CX-90 looks and feels luxurious. It has a commanding stance thanks to its blunt front end and upright profile. This upscale trend continues inside. The cabin is richly finished in quality materials. Upper trims come with niceties like Nappa leather upholstery, individual seats in the second and third rows, along with heated and ventilated seats first- and second-row seats.

The Kia Sorento also impresses with its standard features and attractive design. Compared to the CX-90, the Sorento is a bargain. Its starting price is several thousand less than its Mazda rival. Like the CX-90, the Sorento is easy to drive, has relaxed highway manners, and is chock full of active driver aids like blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic warning.

Let’s see how the Mazda CX-90 and Kia Sorento compare.

2024 Mazda CX-90 

2024 Mazda CX-90 Turbo in Artisan Red near a white fence.

The CX-90 is completely new for the 2024 model year and serves as the replacement for the outgoing CX-9. In total there are eight available trims: Turbo Select, Turbo Preferred, Turbo Preferred Plus, Turbo Premium, Turbo Premium Plus, Turbo S, Turbo S Premium, Turbo S Premium Plus. The CX-90 can also be had as a plug-in hybrid (PHEV), in which three trims are offered.

Pricing ranges from $39,595 for the entry-level Turbo Select, upward to $59,950 for the Turbo S Premium Plus. This pits the CX-90 not only against mainstream rivals like the Sorento, but also luxury vehicles like the Acura MDX, Lexus TX, and Genesis GV80. That’s a tall order but based on our test drives in Mazda’s largest and most expensive SUV, it performs admirably. 

Mazda CX-90 Highlights

Road presence: Mazda has given the CX-90 an elegant and understated design. The result is a midsize SUV with the look and feel worthy of a Jaguar, Audi, or Genesis badge. Wheels range in size from 19 to 21 inches in diameter, and eye-catching color choices such as Deep Crystal Blue Mica and Artisan Red Premium make a good thing even better.

Refined engine: The five lower CX-90 models are fitted with a 280-horsepower 3.3-liter mild-hybrid turbocharged inline-6 coupled to an 8-speed automatic transmission and standard all-wheel drive. This powertrain is strong and capable, not to mention extremely refined. For added thrust, the upper three Turbo S variants use a higher performance version of the same engine that produces 340 hp.  

Agility: Sharp steering response is not something you expect when shopping for a roomy 3-row SUV. The CX-90’s handling is highly accurate, inspiring confidence.

Check this week’s Fair Purchase Price or see the CX-90 models for sale near you. 

2024 Kia Sorento

2024 Kia Sorento in grey driving down a mountain highway.

This generation of Sorento debuted for the 2021 model year. Changes to the 2024 Sorento include updated front and rear lighting, a redesigned grille, along with a freshened dashboard. There are nine available trims. We expect pricing to start at $31,990 for the base front-wheel-drive LX model. All-wheel drive is optional or standard on select upper trims. 

The 2024 Kia Sorento also has a choice of two powertrains. A 191-hp 2.5-liter 4-cylinder returns reasonable fuel economy and helps keep the price down. However, a 281-hp turbocharged version of this engine gives the Sorento better acceleration and passing power without too much of a penalty to fuel efficiency. Additionally, the Sorento is available as a hybrid and plug-in hybrid.

Kia Sorento Highlights 

A great 3-row value: Bargain-hunting SUV shoppers who need extra seating flexibility or added cargo space should keep the Sorento in mind. Its base price is thousands less than the entry-level CX-90 and other direct competitors like the Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander, and Ford Explorer. 

Warranty coverage: Not only is the Sorento a good value, it comes with outstanding warranty coverage. A 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty is complemented by a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. This is much more than what competing models, including the CX-90, have to offer.

X-Line package: Adding a little off-road toughness to the Sorento is the X-Line option package. This trim consists of a one-inch increase in ride height, a rugged appearance package, and standard all-wheel drive. 

Check this week’s Fair Purchase Price or see the Sorento models for sale near you. 


The Mazda CX-90 and Kia Sorento are both nicely styled 3-row SUVs with some flair. Each comes with a convenient third row of seating, though neither is particularly spacious. They also provide a choice of powertrains and plug-in hybrid variants.


We think the CX-90 and Sorento are equally good at what they do. With the swanky CX-90, you’re truly getting a luxury SUV minus the luxury badge. The ride is sporty yet supple, cabin quality is exemplary, passenger space and cargo volume are ample, and the drivetrain is powerful but never noisy or obtrusive. There is some room for improvement, particularly in third-row legroom. Also, the infotainment screen serves as a touchscreen only when operated via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. The rest of the time, all controls and menus are navigated via a rotary knob and buttons on the center console.

Granted, the Sorento doesn’t have the same overall poise and polish as the CX-90. On the other hand, when comparing base trims, the Sorento’s starting price is many thousands less. The standard engine is okay for routine drives, but we prefer the optional turbo 4-cylinder, especially if all three rows are occupied. 

The CX-90 will appeal to buyers seeking a premium SUV with the kind of powertrain found in a luxury SUV, while the Sorento will appeal to SUV shoppers looking for the best value and an amazing warranty.

  2024 Mazda CX-90 2024 Kia Sorento
Starting Price  $39,595 $31,990
Popular Powertrains      
Engine  Turbocharged 3.3-liter mild-hybrid inline-6 2.5-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower  280 hp @ 5,000 rpm 191 hp @ 6,100 rpm
Torque  332 lb-ft  @ 2,000 rpm 181 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm
Transmission  8-speed automatic   8-speed automatic 
Fuel economy 24 city/28 highway/ 25 combined 24 city/29 highway/ 26 combined
Also Available  Turbocharged 3.3-liter mild-hybrid inline-6 (340 hp, Turbo S); PHEV Turbocharged 2.5-liter 4-cyl., AWD; hybrid; PHEV
Basic Warranty  3 years/36,000 miles  5 years/60,000 miles 
Powertrain Warranty  5 years/60,000 miles  10 years/100,000 miles 
NHTSA Overall Safety  NA  NA
Max Seating Capacity 
Wheelbase  122.8 inches  110.8 inches 
Overall Length  201.6 inches  189.4 inches 
Width  77.6 inches  74.8 inches 
Height  68.2 inches  66.7 inches 
Turning Diameter  38.1 feet  38.4 feet 
Headroom, Front  39.7 inches 40.3 inches 
Headroom, 2nd Row  39.3 inches  39.1 inches 
Headroom, 3rd Row 36.9 inches 36.8 inches
Legroom, Front  41.7 inches  41.4 inches 
Legroom, 2nd Row  39.4 inches  41.7 inches
Legroom, 3rd Row  30.4 inches  29.6 inches 
Shoulder Room, Front  59.2 inches  59.1 inches 
Shoulder Room, 2nd Row  58.1 inches 58.1 inches
Shoulder Room, 3rd Row 53.3 inches 53.0 inches
Cargo Volume  14.9 cubic feet   12.6 cubic feet 

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