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2024 Mazda CX90 Perspective & Analysis

2024 Mazda CX90 Perspective & Analysis

Written By

Lewis C. Smith


Dec 4, 2023

Mazda SUV
Mazda SUV
Mazda SUV
Mazda SUV

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While the Toyota Highlander, Kia Telluride, and Hyundai Palisade remain popular among SUV enthusiasts, those desiring an agile and athletic experience in a 3-row SUV will find the Mazda CX-90 a compelling choice. Consumer Reports lauds it, stating, "Based on our initial impressions, we think it drives better than other three-row midsized SUVs, such as the Chevrolet Traverse, Honda Pilot, Hyundai Palisade, Kia Telluride, Subaru Ascent, and Toyota Highlander. And it might jump right past some premium models, such as the Acura MDX and Volvo XC90."

The CX-90's plug-in hybrid variant offers an impressive 26-mile electric range before utilizing its gasoline-powered engine, ideal for daily commuting and extended journeys alike. It seamlessly becomes a traditional hybrid, offering around 25 MPG, once the battery depletes.

While the CX-90 scores high on many fronts, it's worth noting considerations such as luggage space, the size of the third row, and the learning curve associated with its transmission shifter.

To help you make an informed decision, we've compiled several CX-90 video reviews available below.

If you're intrigued about pricing or lease options, the CarOracle Auto Buying Program provides auto brokering services and can negotiate and arrange the purchase of a new Mazda CX-90 or almost any other vehicle.

2024 Mazda CX-90 road Test report - Consumer reports. (2023, November 1). Consumer Reports.

2024 Mazda CX-90 Basics

2024 Mazda CX-90 Basics

The Mazda CX-90 offers three electrified powertrains, including the e-SKYACTIV G 3.3L inline 6 Turbo with M-Hybrid Boost and an e-SKYACTIV Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) featuring a 100kW electric motor paired with a 2.5L naturally aspirated I-4 engine. The PHEV variant includes a 17.8 kWh battery pack, offering an electric range of 26 miles and a combined fuel economy of 56 MPGe (electric + gas). It provides 323 HP on premium fuel. All models come with an 8-speed automatic transmission, enhancing tow capacity up to 5,000 lbs (3,500 lbs for the PHEV).

The CX-90's large platform features a longitudinal powertrain layout with a front engine and rear-biased AWD, optimizing performance aspects like towing, traction, and handling. It includes a double wishbone suspension and a multi-link rear suspension, improved by Kinematic Posture Control for stability on winding roads.

The PHEV model has several modes: In normal mode, it prioritizes EV propulsion when the State of Charge (SOC) is sufficient, reverting to gas engine usage below 20% SOC to charge the battery. EV Mode, selected through Mi-Drive, focuses on electric operation, while EV Priority setting uses EV Mode at startup. Charge Mode, activated via a console button, uses the engine to charge the battery fully.

How Switching to a Mazda CX-90 PHEV Could Save Jennifer on Fuel Costs

Jennifer's daily routine involves driving 45 miles on weekdays and 25 miles on weekends. Currently, with her SUV averaging 18 MPG and gas at $5.00/gallon, her monthly fuel cost is substantial. Let's compare this with potential savings from the Mazda CX-90 PHEV, which has a 17.8 kWh battery pack but operates in electric mode for the first 15 kWh.

Current Monthly Gasoline Expense:

  • Monthly Mileage: (45 miles x 5 days x 4 weeks) + (25 miles x 2 days x 4 weeks) = 1,100 miles

  • Monthly Gasoline Consumption: 1,100 miles / 18 MPG = 61.1 gallons

  • Monthly Gasoline Cost: 61.1 gallons x $5.00 = $305.5

With Mazda CX-90 PHEV:

  • Weekday Electric Coverage: 26 miles daily on electric mode

  • Weekend Electric Coverage: 25 miles daily on electric mode (as she can recharge nightly)

  • Remaining Weekday Gasoline Usage: 45 - 26 = 19 miles per day

  • Weekday Gasoline Mileage: 19 miles x 5 days x 4 weeks = 380 miles

  • Monthly Gasoline Consumption with CX-90 PHEV: 380 miles / 25 MPG = 15.2 gallons

  • Monthly Gasoline Cost: 15.2 gallons x $5.00 = $76

Electricity Costs (at $0.15/kWh):

  • Weekday Electricity: 15 kWh x 5 days x 4 weeks = 300 kWh

  • Weekend Electricity: 15 kWh x 2 days x 4 weeks = 120 kWh

  • Total Monthly Electricity: 420 kWh

  • Monthly Electricity Cost: 420 kWh x $0.15/kWh = $63

Total Monthly Fuel Cost with CX-90 PHEV: $139 ($76 + $63)

Switching to the Mazda CX-90 PHEV could potentially reduce Jennifer's monthly fuel expenses from $305.5 to $139, demonstrating material savings of over 50%.

The benefits of the CX-90 hybrid powertrain with an estimated overall 25 MPG becomes clearer when we look at what would happen if Jennifer actually never charged her CX-90 at home.

So if Jennifer switched to the Mazda CX-90, which gets 25 MPG, without using the electric charge, her monthly fuel savings compared to her current SUV, which gets 18 MPG, can be calculated as follows:

  • Monthly Mileage: 1,100 miles (as previously calculated)

  • Current SUV Consumption: 1,100 miles / 18 MPG = 61.1 gallons

  • Current SUV Cost: 61.1 gallons x $5.00 = $305.5

  • CX-90 Consumption: 1,100 miles / 25 MPG = 44 gallons

  • CX-90 Cost: 44 gallons x $5.00 = $220

Therefore, Jennifer would save $305.5 - $220 = $85.5 per month by switching to the Mazda CX-90, solely based on improved gas mileage.

Consumer Reports' Early Review of the 2024 Mazda CX-90

Wait, What? Mazda Made A BMW "Fighting" 3-Row SUV?

Auto Buyers Guide, Alex on Autos. (2023, April 3). Wait, What? Mazda Made A BMW “Fighting” 3-Row SUV? | 2024 Mazda CX-90 First Drive Review [Video]. YouTube.

CX-90 PHEV is Movin' On Up

Driven Car Reviews With Tom Voelk. (2023, September 5). 2024 Mazda CX-90 PHEV is Zoom-Zoom with family Room [Video]. YouTube.


The 2024 Mazda CX-90, with its performance-oriented powertrains, might be just what you're seeking in a 3-row SUV. Yet, some may prefer a vehicle with a softer ride and refined powertrain. A Motor Trend comparison test from spring 2023 offers insightful evaluations of these aspects.

Based in Carlsbad, California, and serving clients throughout San Diego and surrounding counties, CarOracle is your go-to auto broker for the CX-90 or any other model you're considering. As a licensed auto dealer with an auto broker's endorsement, our comprehensive Auto Buying Program offers personalized assistance. We provide competitive quotes and facilitate purchases through a vast network of new car dealers across various brands. Reach out to leverage our expertise and full-service approach in finding your perfect vehicle

Smart Shopper Insights FAQs

Are autobrokers the equivalent of real estate agents?

Auto brokers and real estate agents both serve as intermediaries in their respective fields, offering similar services that streamline and facilitate transactions for buyers. Here's a closer look at the parallels:

  • Advocacy and Representation: Both professionals advocate for your interests, finding options that match your preferences and budget.

  • Negotiation Skills: They negotiate terms on your behalf to secure advantageous deals, from price to financing.

  • Market Insight: With specialized knowledge of their markets, they guide you to make informed decisions.

  • Time-Saving: They manage the complexities of transactions to save you time and effort.

  • Compensation Structure: In many cases, just like real estate agents, auto brokers' fees are paid by the seller, which means their services can often come at no direct cost to the buyer.

An important distinction to note is the regulatory environment. In California, auto brokers are required to have a dealer license issued by the state, similar to real estate agents who must be licensed to operate. This ensures that they adhere to stringent standards of professionalism and ethical conduct, undergo thorough background checks, and comply with specific transaction codes that govern vehicle sales within the state. While the same level of regulation may not apply to auto brokers in other states, many still operate with a strong commitment to honesty and transparency.

When you work with a licensed auto broker in California, you're engaging with a professional who has met all the necessary requirements to legally and ethically conduct car sales, akin to the rigorous process real estate agents go through for licensure. This not only underscores the credibility of the broker but also provides you with added assurance that your transaction adheres to all state laws and regulations.

What should I look for during a pre-purchase inspection?

A pre-purchase inspection should cover the vehicle's mechanical condition, appearance, and safety features. On the exterior, look for signs of damage or rust, and inside, check for wear and tear, and the condition of the tires. Under the hood, look for any signs of leaks, the condition of hoses and belts, and the state of the fluids. Ideally, a trusted mechanic should conduct a comprehensive inspection, including putting the vehicle on a lift to check the undercarriage, suspension, and to detect any potential leaks or undisclosed damage from an accident. They should also inspect the engine, transmission, brakes, and steering systems, verify the function of warning lights, and take note of any that come on after starting the engine. Finally, a test drive is an essential step to evaluate the car's handling, braking, and overall performance.

Are service records really that important when looking at a used car?

Absolutely, service records are crucial when considering a used vehicle. They provide a detailed history of the maintenance and repairs the car has undergone, giving insight into how well it has been taken care of. Regular maintenance not only improves a vehicle's performance but also extends its life. Observing diligent maintenance intervals also offers insight into the previous owner's responsibility and commitment to vehicle upkeep. If a vehicle lacks service records, it might be challenging to determine its actual condition and if critical maintenance tasks were performed as needed.

AutoCheck vs. CarFax: Is one better than the other?

Both AutoCheck and CarFax provide detailed information about a vehicle's history, though they source their data differently. CarFax is known for its comprehensive service and maintenance records and is extensively used by dealerships. In contrast, AutoCheck, owned by Experian, uses a unique scoring system that helps buyers understand a vehicle's condition at a glance. Depending on your specific needs and the level of detail you're looking for, you might prefer one over the other.

What does a rebuilt title or branded title mean?

A rebuilt or branded title indicates that a vehicle has suffered significant damage in the past and was deemed a total loss by an insurance company. This damage might have been due to a collision, flood, or other serious incidents. After the damage, the vehicle was repaired and inspected to ensure it met certain roadworthiness standards. However, understanding the extent of the damage and the quality of repairs is vital as structural deficiencies can be challenging to detect with a visual inspection alone. A branded title can significantly affect a vehicle's value and its potential for future resale. Therefore, it's vital to thoroughly inspect and understand a vehicle's repair history before making a purchase.

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