The never-ending pursuit of improved fuel economy has now hit the 3-row midsize SUV segment with a slew of new plug-in hybrid versions of favorites now flooding the market. In fact, many automakers are revising their previous offerings to meet the demand for premium PHEVs — like the 2024 Mazda CX-90 and 2024 Toyota Grand Highlander Hybrid. Here’s how these two newcomers match up.
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CX-90 PHEV has a secret, and it’s part of its name. This Mazda isn’t just a hybrid; it’s a plug-in hybrid, or PHEV. That means it can travel on electricity alone without using a drop of gasoline. In the case of the CX-90 PHEV, it can travel up to 26 miles on electricity. When the battery is depleted, a gasoline engine kicks in, allowing you to drive hundreds of miles more. Pricing starts at $47,445. Learn more: What is EV, BEV, HEV, PHEV? Here’s your guide to types of electric cars 2024 Mazda CX-90 PHEV highlights More power: The CX-90 PHEV puts out a combined 323 horsepower — quite a bit more robust than the Grand Highlander Hybrid’s 245 horsepower. However, you can upgrade to the Hybrid MAX, featuring an impressive 362 hp — for a nominal fee. Plug-in capability: If you don’t want to use gasoline at all, the CX-90 has enough electric-only range for errands around town. Standard AWD: The Grand Highlander Hybrid offers all-wheel drive (AWD), but you must pay for it. In the Mazda CX-90 PHEV, that extra grip comes standard. Read more: The handsome new 2024 Mazda CX-90 plug-in hybrid SUV breaks new ground for the car maker2024 Toyota Grand Highlander Hybrid