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We have good news for Mazda fans because the Mazda CX-90 really understood the assignment. It’s a brand-new model that builds upon the discontinued Mazda CX-9 by being bigger, more powerful, and rugged. Check out what you need to know about the 2024 Mazda CX-90 PHEV

Is the 2024 Mazda CX-90 PHEV electric? 

The 2024 Mazda CX-90 PHEV charging at a charging station
2024 Mazda CX-90 PHEV | Allison Barfield, MotorBiscuit

While the 2024 Mazda CX-90 PHEV isn’t an EV, it does use some electric power thanks to the battery pack and electric motors. The CX-90 PHEV is a plug-in hybrid vehicle, meaning it can run on fully electric power, a blend of gas and energy, and only gasoline. 

The powertrain pairs a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with an electric motor and a battery pack to generate up to 323 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. It can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds. Plus, it has an EPA-estimated electric range of 26 miles on a single charge. 

It can travel up to 490 miles between fill-ups. The Mazda CX-90 PHEV gets an EPA-estimated 56 MPGe, but when the charge is depleted, it gets about 24 mpg in the city and up to 28 mpg on the highway. 

The regenerative brakes add power as you drive, and the electric charge is automatically used at the most efficient time during your trips. I found the switch between electric and gas power to be seamless. 

1. The Mazda CX-90 PHEV is a show-stopper 

The 2023 Mazda CX-90 PHEV gets a lot of attention. It seems to be the most alluring Mazda SUV that we’ve driven in a long time. The signature sculpting and sharp body lines are designed to reflect the natural beauty of the surrounding environment. 

Plus, the elongated hood promotes confidence and satisfaction with a sense of strength and agility for a commanding stance. 

Our model with the Rhodium White Premium paint is a pure shade of white with a fine grain to accent shadowing and expressions of light. 

People stopped me in parking lots all over town and even at the airport because they wanted to ask about the CX-90 and learn more. Also, the interior is crafted with upscale, luxurious materials that invite the eye. 

2. The CX-90 PHEV can go off-roading 

The 2024 Mazda CX-90 PHEV off-roading in gravel and dirt
2024 Mazda CX-90 PHEV | Allison Barfield, MotorBiscuit

The 2023 Mazda CX-90 PHEV won’t follow the Jeep Wrangler over rocks in Utah, but it’s well-equipped for getting to the campsite and light adventures. AWD is standard across the entire lineup. 

Mazda’s off-road mode is available for slippery conditions such as roads covered in mud, dirt, gravel, sand, or deep snow. Hill descent control can help you safely navigate sharp declines, too. The CX-90 felt incredibly smooth and in control on dirt trails and gravel in the woods. 

This SUV has an 8.0-inch ground clearance, which is a pretty good start. In the future, a rugged model that is lifted to nine inches would be more enticing. Also, we’re confident that the CX-90 PHEV is excellent in the snow, like its siblings in the lineup. 

3. The 2023 CX-90 PHEV is heavy 

The 2023 Mazda CX-90 PHEV parked near a home
2023 Mazda CX-90 PHEV | Mazda

Sometimes, in Normal or Eco mode, you may notice that the 2023 Mazda CX-90 PHEV feels hefty. It weighs in at 5,243 lbs, while the Kia Telluride weighs 4,524 lbs. This tracks as PHEV systems add extra pounds. 

Also, the regenerative braking system can be noticeable at lower speeds. It works to smoothly stop in order to regain as much charge as possible. You may feel like you’re slowing down faster than normal at lower speeds. 

However, in Sport Mode, the CX-90 PHEV feels light and athletic. Plus, it corners well with no body roll and has a convenient turning radius. It doesn’t drive like a heavy vehicle. 

4. The Mazda CX-90 is comfortable 

The side view of the 2024 Mazda CX-90 PHEV interior
2024 Mazda CX-90 PHEV interior | Mazda

It’s crazy that the 2024 Mazda CX-90 PHEV isn’t considered to be a luxury vehicle because it sure feels like one. The front seats are well-padded and sculpted to support the body. The ergonomic design keeps you relaxed and energized for hours. 

The ventilated seats are some of the strongest in the industry. Plus, the heated steering wheel and seats are fast-acting. 

We had the CX-90 PHEV during 80-degree afternoons and 40-degree mornings and got to see the automatic climate control system in action. It automatically adjusts to the surrounding temperature to keep everyone happy and comfortable. You rarely need to adjust the controls. 

The second-row seats are also spacious for adults and well-padded. They can slide forward and back as needed and even recline. The third row felt tight at 5’1″, but two shorter adults can sit in the very back without any issues on shorter trips. 

Plus, the Mazda CX-90 PHEV quickly dampens impacts on rough sections of the road for a smooth ride, and the interior is quiet at highway speeds. 

5. The Mazda CX-0 PHEV still doesn’t have a touchscreen unless upgraded tor Apple CarPlay compatibility

2024 Mazda CX-90 PHEV interior and dash
2024 Mazda CX-90 PHEV interior | Mazda

The 2024 Mazda CX-90 PHEV carries on the Mazda tradition of using a rotary dial system to control the infotainment screen. But with wireless Apple CarPlay, you get a touch screen, and it’s very easy to connect your phone. 

Plus, there are physical controls for the HVAC system, radio, and more. The tech is intuitive and easy to use. Simply take a moment to learn how to use the dial and click on the right menu items. 

With each Mazda generation, the software seems to get more intuitive and easier to use. However, a touchscreen would be less distracting on the road. 

Stay tuned for our list of pros and cons with the Mazda CX-90 PHEV. What do you want to know about it? Have you driven one yet?