Cowgirl Drives: 2024 Mazda CX-90

Cowgirl Drives: 2024 Mazda CX-90

by Lexi - Photos by Mazda

2024 Mazda CX-90 PHEV Premium Plus offers a lot of SUV for the money, this seven-seater promises a luxurious experience coupled with cutting-edge technology and unparalleled driving dynamics. We spent a week driving the Mazda around Texas, and here is what stood out. 

Sophisticated Exterior Design:

The CX-90 PHEV makes a bold statement with its well-proportioned grille, adorned with silver accents that exude class. The Artisan Red Premium paint, despite leaning towards purple, adds a touch of elegance. The Premium Plus trim boasts stylish 21-inch wheels, silver trim accents, and subtle branding, creating a streamlined silhouette. The rear, featuring a light bar and CX-90 badging, contributes to the overall handsome exterior.

Luxurious and Thoughtful Interior:

Stepping inside, the CX-90 PHEV surprises with a premium interior that showcases a blend of soft materials and impeccable build quality. The Black Nappa Leather, standard on Premium Plus models, provides plush seating with robust heating and ventilation. The user-friendly layout incorporates physical buttons for climate control and intuitive steering wheel controls for both the infotainment system and adaptive cruise control.

Cowgirl Drives: 2024 Mazda CX-90

Tech-Forward Features:

The infotainment system takes center stage with a generous 12.3-inch touchscreen display that supports both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Mazda's innovative gear selector, though unique, quickly becomes intuitive. The Bose 12-speaker sound system, featuring impressive bass and treble, elevates the driving experience, making every journey a pleasure.

Spacious and Comfortable Seating:

The CX-90 PHEV caters to the needs of passengers with two captain's chairs in the second row, complete with heating and individual climate control. While the cupholder placement may raise an eyebrow, the third-row surprises with ample space, ensuring a comfortable ride for all passengers. The flexibility of folding seats provides varying cargo space options.

Cowgirl Drives: 2024 Mazda CX-90

Efficient and Fun Plug-In Hybrid Performance:

Mazda's first foray into plug-in hybrids for the U.S. market shines with the CX-90 PHEV. The 2.5-liter inline-four engine, combined with an electric motor, delivers a robust 323 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. With an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive, this SUV accelerates from 0-60 MPH in a brisk 6.2 seconds. Mazda's commitment to driving enjoyment is evident, making the CX-90 PHEV stand out in its category.

While the PHEV may have a limited electric range of about 24 miles, and charging time may be a consideration, the impressive fuel economy in hybrid mode, exceeding 50 MPG, makes it a compelling choice for eco-conscious drivers. The Premium Plus trim, starting at $47,000, offers a fully loaded package with panoramic roof, heated and ventilated seats, comprehensive safety features, and an upgraded sound system.

Whether you prioritize fuel efficiency or opt for the turbocharged performance of the Turbo S model, the 2024 Mazda CX-90 is a substantial improvement over its predecessor, the CX-9. This three-row crossover not only competes admirably with rivals like the Hyundai Palisade but emerges as a top choice for those seeking a perfect balance of luxury, technology, and driving enjoyment in a family-friendly SUV.

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