Mazda CX-90 PHEV Premium Plus (Mazda)

Mazda CX-90 PHEV Premium Plus (Mazda)

Mazda CX-90 PHEV Premium Plus

Built on the Japanese automaker’s all-new large platform, the three-row crossover represents the company’s flagship model.

  • By Larry Lark
  • Tuesday, May 23, 2023 5:36pm
  • LifeCars

Mazda introduces an all-new model for the 2024 model year: CX-90 PHEV Premium Plus.

Built on the Japanese automaker’s all-new large platform, the three-row crossover represents the company’s flagship model with wider, longer, more aggressive proportions that perfectly blend its high-performance appearance with world-class refinement.

Powertrain choices feature either a turbocharged inline-six cylinder engine, or a four-cylinder plug-in-hybrid. Both are paired with an all-new eight-speed automatic transmission, specifically designed to achieve smooth and direct acceleration.

“At Mazda, our focus is to deliver an ownership experience that enriches the lives of our customers,” said Jeff Guyton, President and CEO of Mazda North American Operations. “CX-90 offers powerful and responsive performance, alluring design, and intuitive technology. We’re very proud of our team’s work on CX-90, which we know is a breakthrough vehicle in its segment.”

My PHEV hybrid powertrain tester delivered surprising responsiveness and acceleration. The four-cylinder engine and electric motor provide 323 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque, when using premium fuel, provide customers with the best of both worlds in terms of performance and efficiency.

The ride was smooth, with road imperfections mostly negated. And road noise was noticeably absent, allowing for normal voice conversations. No raised voices or shouting necessary.

Driving modes include Normal, Sport, Off-Road and Tow, the latter supporting the CX-90 hybrid’s 3,500-pound maximum towing capacity.

CX-90 seats up to eight adults and delivers a 490-mile range, and 26 miles per gallon fuel economy down the highway. With a full-charge, the all-electric range is 26 miles, enough to run errands around town. And the battery is automatically recharged in hybrid mode.

The CX-90 exterior was designed to look sleek, with crafted curves and ever-changing expressions created by the reflections of lights and shadows. Twenty-one inch diamond-cut wheels with a black metallic finish complete the clean design.

Inspired by traditional Japanese aesthetics, the CX-90 interior creates a luxurious and comfortable feeling in all three rows. My tester came equipped with front and second-row captain’s chairs with Nappa leather, leaving all four passengers on our Camano Island Artist’s Studio Tour in a good mood.

The luxurious goodie bag is full highlighted by an illuminated entry system, radar cruise control with stop and go, three-zone climate control, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 12.3-inch infotainment screen, paddle shifters, 12-volt power outlet, USB charging ports, premium sound, plus heated and ventilated front seats.

The new CX-90 benefits from Mazda’s I-Activsense Safety Suite that includes a long list of technology to securely ensconce your family. Highlights include blind spot monitoring, adaptive front-lighting system, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning system, high beam control system, smart city brake support, and forward obstruction warning.

If you haven’t test driven a Mazda in a while, you might want to change that. The company has upped its game and is competing with luxury brands – only at a lower, more family-friendly price.

Base Price: $58,920

Price As Driven: $58,920

Destination charge is included in base price. Vehicles are provided by the manufacturer. List price vary at local dealerships.

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