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2024 Mazda CX-90 PHEV Review: Electrified Fun in a Three-Row Package

Mazda’s latest addition to its SUV lineup, the 2024 CX-90, introduces a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) variant that brings a dose of driving pleasure to the three-row SUV segment. The new model replaces the CX-9 and features a rear-wheel-drive architecture, offering a choice between an inline-six and a four-cylinder plug-in hybrid powertrain. In this review, the focus is on the four-cylinder PHEV version.

Key Features:

  • Powertrain: The CX-90 PHEV is equipped with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, a 14.8-kilowatt-hour battery pack, and a single electric motor, producing a combined output of 323 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque.
  • Driving Dynamics: Despite its weight, the CX-90 PHEV feels agile, providing good acceleration off the line, thanks to the torque from the electric motors. It outperforms its V6 competitors in terms of initial acceleration.
  • EV Range: The plug-in hybrid variant offers an electric-only range of up to 26 miles, with a fast-charging capability of two and a half hours on a Level 2 charger.
  • Handling: The CX-90 features a stiffer suspension, providing excellent handling and a balanced weight distribution, making it stand out in the three-row SUV segment.
  • Interior: The interior boasts premium features, including Nappa leather seats, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, a seven-way power-adjustable passenger seat, and a choice of screen sizes for the infotainment system.


  • Torquey Powertrain
  • Excellent Handling
  • Fast Charging Capability


  • Harsh Ride Quality
  • Below-Average Third-Row Space
  • Relatively High Price

Verdict: The 2024 Mazda CX-90 PHEV stands out in the three-row SUV segment by combining driving pleasure with plug-in hybrid technology. With ample power, responsive handling, and an electric-only range, it appeals to those looking for an engaging driving experience in a family-friendly SUV. However, potential buyers should consider the trade-offs, such as a harsh ride quality, limited third-row space, and a relatively higher price compared to the non-hybrid variants.

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