Mazda CX-90 PHEV

Larger, faster, more comfortable and luxurious

Roseville, Calif.- Mazda not only decided to part ways with the popular CX-9 SUV, it replaced it with a large crossover SUV whose offerings include a plug-in hybrid.

We test drove the 2024 Mazda CX-90 plug-in hybrid (PHEV) for a week and came away impressed by its overall quality. The new SUV, which also is offered as a gas-powered model, has a 17.8-kWh battery and delivers up to 26 miles of electric driving range per charge.

Behind the Cellar Door

Behind the Cellar Door

Behind the Cellar Door

Behind the Cellar Door

The folks at Mazda say 2023 will be the final year of production for the CX-9. The Japanese auto manufacturer was so anxious to debut the new CX-90 that sales began in January of this year.

Was the switch to the CX-90 necessary? Not in our opinion. The CX-9 debuted in 2007 and had record sales of 34,580 in 2022.

With that said, the CX-90 could make SUV buyers eventually forget the CX-9. The new SUV is larger, faster, more comfortable and luxurious, and is capable of transporting six to eight people.

Value & Pricing

interior view

The value of plug-in hybrids is debatable to some. Sure, they offer some electric-only driving range, but it’s typically short distances like the CX-90. And the fuel economy in this case (24-27) is only minutely more than the gas-powered CX-90.

The cost of the standard CX-90 is roughly $39,700, while the plug-in hybrid version goes for around $47,500. Note that the PHEV is eligible for a federal tax credit of $7,500 when purchased prior to Dec. 31, 2025.

The CX-90 PHEV has a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine that combines with a single electric motor to generate a combined 323 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. It’s faster than the standard CX-90, going 0-60 mph in 5.9 seconds. Fuel economy is 24-27 mpg and the SUV delivers almost 500 miles of combined range.

All CX-90s come with standard all-wheel drive and are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The CX-90 has good handling, providing more stability than the CX-9. All CX-90s come with standard driver safety features that include frontal collision mitigation, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic warning, lane keeping assistance, driver attention monitor, and safe exit assist.


Mazda did a nice job designing the CX-90 cabin, giving it both style and functionality. It has a standard 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster display and a 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen.

However, not everyone will like that the touchscreen needs to be controlled with a rotary knob on the center console. Note that there are several physical buttons that control major functions.

Additional standard features include 19-inch alloy wheels, roof rails, tri-zone automatic climate control, synthetic leather upholstery, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, HD Radio, Bluetooth, four USB ports, voice recognition, and eight-speaker audio system.

The front seats are comfortable and offer plenty of head and leg room even for taller folks. The second row is either a bench or more stylish captain’s chairs. Even though the CX-90’s third row is more spacious than the CX-9, it’s not a place where adults will want to reside for long periods.

The cargo area behind the third row measures either 14.9 cubic feet (three-seat third row) or 15.9 cubes (two-seat third row). It expands to 40 cubic feet with the third row down and the space grows to 75.2 cubes when all seats are folded down.

If seeking a large plug-in hybrid SUV, the 2024 Mazda CX-90 is worth a look. It’s essentially an upgraded CX-9 and will likely be quickly embraced.


  • Performance: electric motor, 2.5-liter, four-cylinder, 323 horsepower
  • Mileage estimate: 24-27 mpg
  • Price estimate: $47,500 to $58,400
  • Warranty:3 years/36,000 miles; drivetrain: 5 years/60,000 miles; roadside assistance: 3 years/36,000; corrosion: 5 years/unlimited; battery: 8 years/100,000
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