My 2007 CX-9 is actually big in cargo than the modern models (especially both rows folded down) . List I created for cargo area:
2007 CX-9 17.2/48.4/100.7
2023 CX-9 14.4/38.2/71.2
2023 Highlander (including Hybrid) 16.0/48.4/84.30
2023 RX Hybrid 29.6/46.2
2023 MDX 16.3/39.1/71.4
2023 GLE 33.3/74.9
2023 XC90 Recharge 15.8/41.8/85.7
2023 Santa Fe Hybrid 36.4/72.1
2023 GLS 17.4/48.7/84.7
2023 Q7 14.2/35.7/69.6
2024 Grand Highlander Max 20.6/??/98
2024 CX-90 14.9 / 40.0 / 74.2 (3-person 3rd row) ,
15.9 / 40.1 / 75.2 (2-person 3rd row)
Generally use it with 3rd row down mainly.. 2nd row down for the rare large items.
The most direct comparison appears to be Turbo S Premium Plus vs MDX Advance with Turbo S having better performance and MDX Advance having slightly better luxury items (ELS stereo, mood lighting , appears to be better comfort seats (have not sat in either of course, so just on looks) and slightly better memory/seating controls. But MDX has that nasty trackpad control.. a serious no from me and my wife on that.. plus the silly button based shifting vs real knob on CX-90.
The PHEV was outed at 37km on EV only mode - 22 miles - consistent with 21 miles seen in the reveal videos. IF Mazda/Toyota finance passes through the $7500 tax credit then PHEV may be a good option to lease (Premium Plus model in my case) , but if not, then I think the Turbo S Premium Plus has a lot better features for a bit more. PHEV with less features sux, but w/ $7500 tax credit pass through would be a great deal. If not and I have to pay more, then i6 model with all the features would be worth the extra (again would be leasing).
The MDX Type S Advance pricing and gas usage is ouch [close to my 2007 CX-9].. though MDX leasing is discounted more, will see how CX-90 deals are.
GH Max may be better for people who need more room, but not very nice looking.. Pilot going squared is popular with older Pilot fans, but again not great MPG and no hybrid on Pilot/MDX.
Can't see the handling being that great on GH Max and Pilot.. too truck like..