The 2024 Mazda CX-90 PHEV vs 2024 Toyota RAV4 Prime

April 18th, 2024 by

Electrified vehicles can help you save money at the fuel pump, and they help reduce carbon emissions. The 2024 Mazda CX-90 PHEV and the 2024 Toyota RAV4 Prime are both plug-in hybrid SUVs with impressive all-electric driving ranges and upscale features. How do you decide which one of these SUVs is the right choice for you? Our professionals at Capistrano Mazda in San Juan Capistrano, California, created this comparison of the 2024 Mazda CX-90 PHEV and the 2024 Toyota RAV4 Prime so you can see the similarities and differences of each.

2024 Mazda CX-90 PHEV vs 2024 Toyota RAV4 Prime

Trims and Exterior Styling

The three-row Mazda CX-90 PHEV comes in three trims: the Preferred, Premium, and the top-tier Premium Plus. You’ll notice the handsome styling of the CX-90 PHEV with its clean lines and sophisticated design. The uniquely shaped front grille bracketed by futuristic-looking LED headlights adds an eye-catching appearance to this SUV. In addition, the AED badging, PHEV fender badge, and shark fin antenna help make the Mazda CX-90 PHEV stand out from other electrified vehicles. Heated body-colored power side mirrors with integrated LED turn signals that add an extra level of refinement to the exterior of this SUV.

It’s fun expressing your unique personality with exterior color choices such as Deep Crystal Blue Metallic, Jet Black Mica, or Artisan Red Premium available on the two upper 2024 CX-90 PHEV trims.

The two-row RAV4 Prime on the other hand, only comes in two trims, the SE and XSE. The styling is more rugged than the CX-90-PHEV which will appeal more to outdoor adventure seekers.

Powerful Performance

Motorists will appreciate the power and smooth handling of the 2024 CX-90 PHEV. Mazda gives this hybrid SUV an e-SKYACTIV-G 2.5-liter engine combined with a 68 kW electric motor for a combined 323 horsepower and an impressive 369 lb-ft of torque which outperforms the RAV4 Prime. A smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission pairs with the hybrid motor, and Mazda’s rear-based i-ACTIV all-wheel-drive system comes standard. Mazda’s Intelligent Drive Select terrain management system comes with Sport, Off-Road, and EV modes and a Towing mode for the two top trims.

If you want to haul a trailer or small boat, the 2024 CX-90 PHEV can tow up to 3,500 pounds when properly equipped, The EPA gives the CX-90 PHEV an estimated all-electric driving range of 26 miles and a combined driving range of up to 56 mpg.

The 2024 RAV4 Prime comes with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that only has an output of 302 horsepower and pairs with a continuously variable transmission. All-wheel drive comes standard across the RAV4 Prime lineup.

Comfortable and Roomy Interior

One aspect that makes the 2024 Mazda CX-90 PHEV stand out from the 2024 RAV4 Prime is its roomy interior. This SUV has three rows of seats that can fit up to eight people with second-row bench seats or up to seven people with second-row captain’s chairs found on the two upper trims and available for the base PHEV Preferred trim.

All three CX-90 PHEV trims come with upscale features such as leather upholstery, power-adjustable heated front seats, and a leather-wrapped heated steering wheel. Additional attractive features include three-zone climate control with a pollen filter, second-row retractable window shades, and heated second-row seats on the top Premium Plus trim. Fold the second and third rows flat, and this mighty SUV can get up to 74.2 cubic feet of storage space.

The RAV4 Prime has two rows of seats that can accommodate up to five people. The SE trim comes with fabric-trimmed seats, while the upper XSE trim features supple SofTex-trimmed seats. Both trims have attractive features, such as heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, and available heated rear outboard seats. With the rear seats folded down, the RAV4 Prime can get up to 69.8 cubic feet of cargo space which is less than the Mazda’s roomy cargo area.

Advanced Technology Features

One of the reasons people prefer buying newer model vehicles is for innovative technology features that help with navigation and entertainment, and the 2024 Mazda CX-90 PHEV comes with innovative technology features anyone will appreciate.

All three CX-90 PHEV trims come with the Mazda Connect Infotainment System, which features a 10.25-inch touch screen on the two lower trims and a 12.3-inch touch screen on the top trim. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration come standard across the lineup, with the upper two trims getting this feature as a wireless version. In addition, the Premium and Premium Plus trims come with Mazda’s navigation system, a wireless charging system, and a premium 12-speaker Bose surround sound system for an enhanced listening experience.

The 2024 RAV4 Prime has Toyota’s Audio Multimedia infotainment system with a smaller 8-inch touch screen on the SE trim and a 10.5-inch touch screen on the XSE trim. It comes with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, a six-speaker sound system on the lower RAV4 Prime trim, and an 11-speaker JBL premium audio system on the upper XSE trim.

Innovative Driver-Assist Features

Driver-assist features help keep the driver and passengers of a moving vehicle safe. Mazda and Toyota take safety seriously and equip their vehicles with advanced safety systems.

The 2024 CX-90 PHEV comes with the Mazda i-ACTVSENSE bundle of driver-assist features that utilizes a series of cameras and radar to help mitigate collisions. Active Safety Technology features for the CX-90 PHEV include:

standard driver-assist technologies include:

  • Adaptive front lighting system.
  • High-beam headlight control.
  • Mazda radar cruise control.
  • A rear vehicle monitoring system.
  • Lane departure warning.
  • Forward obstruction warning.
  • Smart city brake support.
  • Acceleration control.

The 2024 RAV4 Prime comes with the Toyota Safety Sense 2.5 bundle of driver-assist features that includes:

  • Pre-collision warning with pedestrian detection.
  • Automatic emergency braking.
  • A lane-mitigation system.
  • Road sign assist.
  • Dynamic radar cruise control.
  • Automatic high-beam headlights.

Test-Drive the 2024 Mazda CX-90 PHEV Today

The 2024 Mazda CX-90 PHEV is a plug-in hybrid that stands out from the Toyota RAV4 Prime with its handsome styling, roomy interior, long all-electric driving range, and superior technology features. Our team at Capistrano Mazda in San Juan Capistrano, California, invites you to stop by our dealership to learn more about the features of the 2024 CX-90 PHEV and schedule a time to take it for a test drive. You can also browse our inventory of other new Mazda vehicles and learn more about their unique features and benefits.

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