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2024 Mazda CX-90 PHEV on Everyman Driver

The Mazda CX-90 is an all-new model for 2024. It’s the automaker’s first three-row plug-in hybrid SUV. The 2024 Mazda CX-90 is available in 11 trim levels: Select, Preferred, Preferred Plus, Preferred PHEV, Premium, S, Premium PHEV, Premium Plus, S Premium, Premium Plus PHEV, and S Premium Plus. 


The Select trim starts at $40,970 (including a $1,375 destination fee). Standard features include a 3.3-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine, all-wheel drive, 19-inch wheels, a maximum tow rating of 3,500 pounds, Normal/Sport/Off-Road drive modes, eight-passenger seating with imitation leather, an eight-speaker audio, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, two front- and two second-row USB ports, tri-zone automatic climate control, a 10.25-inch infotainment display screen, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat. Safety features include blind-spot monitoring, rear-cross traffic alert, lane-keeping assist, driver attention alert, and rear seat alert. Options include second-row reclining captain’s chairs with armrests.


Priced from $44,820, the Preferred adds a power sliding sunroof, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a four-way power-adjustable passenger seat, retractable second-row sunshades, and two USB-C ports in each row.

Preferred Plus

The Preferred Plus is priced at $47,275 and adds a Towing drive mode, a maximum tow rating of 5,000 pounds, wireless phone charging, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a head-up display.

Preferred PHEV

Starting at $48,820, the Preferred PHEV is the base plug-in hybrid trim. It has a 2.5-liter four-cylinder plug-in hybrid engine with Normal/Sport/Off-Road/EV drive modes. It has similar features to the Preferred with the addition of a power rear liftgate, power sliding sunroof, and heated front seats.


The Premium, at $50,275, builds on the Preferred Plus with the addition of 21-inch wheels, reclining second-row captain’s chairs with armrests (reducing seating to seven), a power panoramic sunroof, hands-free power rear liftgate, off-road navigation, and a 12-speaker Bose audio system. Safety equipment includes blind-spot assist, emergency lane-keeping, traffic sign recognition, radar cruise control with stop-and-go and automatic speed adjustment, and front and rear parking sensors.


Priced from $53,125, the S is one of only three trims that feature the more powerful 3.3-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine. It combines features found on the Premium and Premium Plus, including 21-inch wheels, a maximum tow rating of 5,000 pounds, Normal/Sport/Off-Road/Towing drive modes, heated side mirrors, hands-free power liftgate, seven-passenger seating with leather upholstery, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel with metallic accents, second-row retractable sunshades, two USB-C ports in each row, a 12.3-inch infotainment display screen, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, and the safety features found on the Premium.

This is our pick of the lineup as the lowest-cost trim with the more powerful gas engine, combined with a robust offering of comfort and convenience features.

Premium PHEV

The Premium PHEV is priced at $54,275 and builds on the Preferred PHEV with the features found on the Premium.

Premium Plus

The Premium Plus is priced from $54,325 and builds on the Premium with a wiper deicer, automatic power-folding and dimming side mirrors, Nappa leather seating surfaces, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a 12.3-inch infotainment display, touchscreen for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, an eight-way power-adjustable passenger seat, heated second-row seats, a heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats, front cross-traffic alert with braking, and a 360-degree monitor with see-through view.

S Premium

This trim is priced from $57,825 and builds on the S trim with the addition of automatic power-folding and auto dimming side mirrors, seating for six with second-row captain’s chairs and a 50/50-split third-row seat, a heated steering wheel, Nappa seating surfaces, a driver personalization system, power tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, reverse automatic braking front cross-traffic alert and braking, and 360-degree monitor with see-through view.

Premium Plus PHEV

This trim is priced at $58,325 and builds on the Premium PHEV with the features found on the Premium Plus.

S Premium Plus

At the top of the lineup, the S Premium Plus is priced at $61,325 and builds on the S Premium with a windshield wiper deicer, second-row captain’s chairs with center console, quilted Nappa leather seating surfaces, heated second row, ventilated first and second row, wood interior accents, and a two-tone leather-wrapped steering wheel.

The base engine in the 2024 Mazda CX-90 is a 3.3-liter turbocharged inline six-cylinder with 280 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. There’s also a high-performance version of this engine that boosts output to 340 hp with 369 lb-ft of torque. Both are paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode and standard all-wheel drive. The larger engine provides aggressive acceleration that makes highway merging effortless and still has plenty of power for passing slower vehicles. Sporty handling makes this large SUV surprisingly fun to drive on winding roads. Our test drive took place during a torrential rainstorm, and the all-wheel-drive system did a fantastic job of helping maintain traction on water-soaked roads.

The third engine option is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder plug-in hybrid with 323 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque in addition to standard all-wheel drive. It delivers strong acceleration and good handling, but feels slightly heavier thanks to the weight of the hybrid battery. But the added heft doesn’t compromise handling, as the CX-90 delivers a spirited drive that enthusiasts can appreciate with any of the three powertrain options.

The Mazda CX-90 is rated to tow 3,500-5,000 pounds, depending on trim level.

Comparatively, the Kia Telluride and Honda Pilot each offer only one gas engine option and no hybrid version. The Kia makes 291 hp and the Honda 285. The Lincoln Aviator is the performance leader with a 400-hp six-cylinder as its base engine and an available plug-in hybrid with 494 hp.

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