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The 2024 Mazda CX-90 PHEV is the plug-in hybrid version of Mazda’s upcoming midsize SUV model. The CX-90 is larger and more powerful than the Mazda CX-9. How much does the plug-in hybrid cost, and is it worth the money?

2024 Mazda CX-90 PHEV pricing

The 2024 Mazda CX-90 PHEV starts at $47,445 with the Preferred trim. It ranges from $47,445-$56,950, depending on which of the three trim levels you choose.

A white 2024 Mazda CX-90 PHEV midsize SUV is parked.
The 2024 Mazda CX-90 PHEV | Mazda

The Mazda CX-90 PHEV could be eligible for EV tax credits when it arrives. If the CX-90 PHEV is eligible for the incentive, the midsize plug-in hybrid SUV will be a steal.

The CX-90 PHEV costs $7,850 more than the base model 2024 Mazda CX-90 Turbo Select. It’s more expensive because of its complex hybrid powertrain system. The 2024 Mazda CX-90 PHEV benefits from an electric-only driving range of at least 30 miles.

According to Road Show by CNET, the midsize plug-in hybrid uses a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, an electric motor, and a 17.8 kWh battery to make 323 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. It comes standard with a large 12.3-inch digital instrument panel and several different driving modes like EV Mode and Off-Road Mode. Long-term, the PHEV is worth the money for drivers who have regular access to a Level 2 fast charger. It allows drivers to experience partial perks of EV ownership without committing to owning an EV.

2024 Mazda CX-90 vs. 2024 Mazda CX-90 PHEV

The front of a white 2024 Mazda CX-90 PHEV midsize SUV.
The 2024 Mazda CX-90 PHEV | Mazda

Many drivers will choose the CX-90 over the CX-90 PHEV because the gas version is more affordable and more familiar. Those consumers will miss out on the more powerful PHEV’s powertrain.

The main reasons to get the PHEV over the gas CX-90 are driving distance, power output, and standard features. The CX-90 PHEV will likely include more advanced tech and better creature comforts than the base model CX-90 because of its higher starting price.

Ultimately, most drivers won’t be convinced to get the CX-90 PHEV, especially if tax credit eligibility is unclear. That being said, it’s great that Mazda offers the option for the drivers that do choose to take advantage of the unique powertrain system.

Are plug-in hybrid SUVs any good?

A white 2024 Mazda CX-90 PHEV midsize SUV is charging.
The 2024 Mazda CX-90 PHEV | Mazda

The best example of the capability and potential of plug-in hybrid SUVs is the Toyota RAV4 Prime. The RAV4 Prime is incredibly quick, and it benefits from electric-only driving range. The small plug-in hybrid SUV was eligible for federal EV tax credits when it first hit the scene.

Plug-in hybrid SUVs are incredibly practical, especially as family vehicles. They will only get more practical as electric vehicle charging infrastructure improves. Picture this: you’re on a road trip, and you pull into a rest stop to refuel and get some food with your passengers. After refueling your PHEV’s gas, you should be able to plug it into an available Level 2 fast charger somewhere at the rest stop before heading in to enjoy your meal.

After spending about 30 minutes lining up, ordering, and eating, you’ll have replenished 30%-50% of the PHEV’s electric-only driving range for an affordable price. This is the future. Before electric vehicles become ubiquitous, PHEVs will likely become more popular.

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