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2024 Mazda CX-90 2024 PHEV Review: If You Only Drive 42 KM a Day

In 2024, Mazda said goodbye to the frankly aging CX-9, replacing it with a more modern product: the CX-90.


  • The Mazda CX-90 PHEV can travel up to 42 kilometers in all-electric mode.

  • It is eligible for government credits totaling $7500.

  • The CX-90 2024 can also be supplied with an in-line six-cylinder engine.

 


With the CX-90 2024, Mazda has integrated two new powertrains. This three-row mid-size SUV is powered by a turbocharged 3.3 L inline-six engine as standard. Let’s just say that this powertrain is flexible, smooth and highly enjoyable. It features light hybrid technology.

2024 Mazda CX-90 PHEV | Photo: Germain Goyer
2024 Mazda CX-90 PHEV | Photo: Germain Goyer

For the first time on our continent, Mazda has also incorporated plug-in hybrid technology. Essentially, the familiar 2.5 L four-cylinder naturally-aspirated engine is combined with an eight-speed automatic transmission, an electric motor and a 17.8 kWh battery. The result is 323 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. We think that’s more than enough, given the vehicle’s vocation.

 

The 17.8 kWh battery provides a 100% electric range of just 42 kilometres, which is slightly disappointing. We’d have liked to see the 50-kilometer mark. Had this been the case, government subsidies would have been more generous. At present, the Mazda CX-90 PHEV 2024 qualifies for a $5,000 credit from the provincial government. It is also eligible for a $2,500 credit from the federal government. The $7500 in credits to which it is entitled makes it all the more attractive from a consumer’s perspective.

 


Range

2024 Mazda CX-90 PHEV | Photo: Germain Goyer
2024 Mazda CX-90 PHEV | Photo: Germain Goyer

Back to autonomy. We remind you that we tested the vehicle in January 2024, and that extreme cold does nothing for the range of electrified vehicles. Even when the battery was fully charged, the displayed range didn’t exceed twenty kilometres. Now that’s disappointing. What’s even more disappointing is that the vehicle refused to use only the electric motor and battery. The gasoline engine came into play despite our efforts.

 

Given that electric range is low, even under ideal conditions, we’re inclined to recommend the CX-90 PHEV to users who make regular commutes, who have the option of recharging their vehicle at home and at work, and who, above all, have no desire to bother with recharging on long journeys, as electric vehicles require.

2024 Mazda CX-90 PHEV | Photo: Germain Goyer
2024 Mazda CX-90 PHEV | Photo: Germain Goyer

At the end of a test drive of almost 750 kilometres in the Mazda CX-90 PHEV 2024, the on-board computer showed a consumption rating of 9.6 L/100 km. We also carried out two full recharges. For its part, Natural Resources Canada announces a rating of 9.4 L/100 km in combined driving for this model. The fuel consumption recorded does not seem excessive in the circumstances. Most of the trips were made in urban areas, and there were often more than two occupants in the vehicle.

 


A true three-row PHEV SUV

 

The range of compact SUVs that can be equipped with plug-in hybrid technology is vast. The Toyota RAV4 Prime, Tucson PHEV, Sportage PHEV, Escape PHEV and even the Hornet R/T spring to mind. However, when it comes to a third row of seats, the range couldn’t be more limited. It’s true that the Sorento PHEV and Outlander PHEV are equipped with a third row of seats. However, we think it’s fair to say that in both cases it’s an auxiliary bench. As for the CX-90, it’s a true, authentic three-row mid-size SUV. It’s not the most spacious in the segment, but it’s still one of them.

2024 Mazda CX-90 PHEV | Photo: Germain Goyer
2024 Mazda CX-90 PHEV | Photo: Germain Goyer

If you’re looking for a three-row midsize SUV with plug-in hybrid technology, you have the choice of turning to the Mazda CX-90… or the Mazda CX-90. The Japanese manufacturer seems to have noticed that there was a small gap in the automotive market and has stepped in to fill it.

 

That said, as is often the case with three-row mid-size SUVs, access to the third row isn’t easy enough, and space isn’t generous enough.

 


A screen that’s still not touch-sensitive

2024 Mazda CX-90 PHEV | Photo: Germain Goyer
2024 Mazda CX-90 PHEV | Photo: Germain Goyer

At the centre of the dashboard is a handsome 10.25-inch screen. The display is crisp and the menus are well composed. But there’s one major element missing. It’s not touch-sensitive! To navigate the system, you’ll have to use a wheel located on the console. This is both distracting and not at all intuitive – this is a major irritant.

 


And its price?

 

The Mazda CX-90 2024 starts at $45,900. For this sum, you get a GS version equipped with the six-cylinder engine. To take advantage of plug-in hybrid technology, you’ll need to spend a minimum of $54,900. In our opinion, there’s no need to opt for the GT version, priced at $64,350. The latter comes with superfluous equipment that’s easy to do without. The GS-L version is a good compromise, priced at $59,950.

2024 Mazda CX-90 PHEV | Photo: Germain Goyer
2024 Mazda CX-90 PHEV | Photo: Germain Goyer

Waiting for the CX-70

 

In the past, some automakers have adapted compact or midsize two-row SUVs to include a third row. The result was not always conclusive. For example, the L version of the previous-generation Lexus RX featured a symbolic third row of seats. Mazda, however, took the opposite approach, first introducing the three-row CX-90 and then adding a version without the third row. Identified by the name CX-70, this model made its world debut earlier this year. That said, if you’re looking for a spacious, well-equipped SUV but don’t intend to use the third row of seats, the new CX-70 is certainly a more sensible choice.

 


In a nutshell

 

In conclusion, the CX-90 PHEV convinced us of its relevance. We applaud Mazda’s audacity in breaking into a niche that has yet to be fully explored, namely that of PHEV SUVs with three real rows of seats. As mentioned above, we think a GS-L will do the job, and its price tag is considerably reduced thanks to government subsidies totaling $7500.

2024 Mazda CX-90 PHEV | Photo: Germain Goyer
2024 Mazda CX-90 PHEV | Photo: Germain Goyer

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