Home Automobile 2024 Mazda CX-90 Plug-in Hybrid vs. 2023 Kia Sorento Plug-in Hybrid Comparison

2024 Mazda CX-90 Plug-in Hybrid vs. 2023 Kia Sorento Plug-in Hybrid Comparison

2024 Mazda CX-90 Plug-in Hybrid vs. 2023 Kia Sorento Plug-in Hybrid Comparison


Americans tend to shop for a single vehicle that can meet every need they can imagine having. There may be no better fit for that description than a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) 3-row SUV.

As a PHEV, a vehicle like that can use either electricity or gasoline – electricity for about 30 miles and gasoline after.

As a 3-row SUV, it can carry seven adults or haul everything needed to move a freshman into a dorm room in one trip.

There aren’t many 3-row PHEVs on the market. But there are a few, and they’re immensely flexible vehicles. The newest is the Mazda CX-90 PHEV – an elegantly tailored near-luxury ride for a lower-than-luxury price. The Kia Sorento gives it a run for its money with a long warranty and a longer electric-only range. Let’s compare them.

Note that this comparison uses the 2024 Mazda CX-90 PHEV and the 2023 Kia Sorento PHEV because those are the models currently found on showroom floors.

2024 Mazda CX-90 PHEV

2024 Mazda CX-90 PHEV in white with a green backdrop.

Mazda has an impressive new flagship to show you, and it includes the first PHEV powertrain in the brand’s lineup. The 2024 Mazda CX-90 PHEV boasts tasteful lines inside and out, 323 horsepower, and Mazda’s trademark great handling. Prices start at $47,445.

Mazda CX-90 PHEV Highlights

Elegance: The CX-90 is probably the best-looking 3-row PHEV. That’s true if you’re looking out the window at it in your driveway, where its long hood and reared-back stance make it look stunning. It’s true if you’re sitting inside, where details like stitches drawn from traditional Japanese bookbinding techniques make it feel like a more expensive vehicle.

More power: The CX-90 PHEV makes 323 horsepower. The Kia Sorento PHEV makes just 261. That’s a pronounced difference you’ll feel in the merge lane.

Mazda’s signature – fantastic handling. Mazda builds its unique torque vectoring system into almost every product, and it feels great behind the wheel. The CX-90 gets an added trick — Kinematic Posture Control borrowed from the little MX-5 Miata – to enhance the agility. It will leave you surprised that such a big vehicle can feel so nimble.

Check this week’s Fair Purchase Price or see the CX-90 PHEV models for sale near you.

2023 Kia Sorento PHEV

A white 2022 Kia Sorento Plug-In Hybrid in white as seen in profile

The 2023 Kia Sorento PHEV checks a lot of boxes with its seating for seven, 32-mile all-electric range, and decade-long powertrain warranty. It’s an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick, too. Prices start at $49,990.

Kia Sorento PHEV Highlights

Longer all-electric range: The CX-90 can travel 26 miles on electricity alone before using any gasoline at all. But the Sorento can travel 32. For many shoppers, the point of considering a PHEV is to go gas-free most of the time. The Sorento lets you do that more reliably.

Savings when fully loaded: We were a little surprised to note that the base model of the CX-90 PHEV is less expensive than the base model of the Sorento PHEV. But that reverses when you start climbing the trim ladder. A fully-equipped CX-90 PHEV costs almost $59,000. The top-of-the-line Sorento runs under $50,000 before destination charges.

The longest warranty in the business: Kia’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty and 5-year/60,000-mile comprehensive warranty remain the longest in the automotive industry. Your investment is protected longer this way.

Check this week’s Fair Purchase Price or see the Sorento models for sale near you


Three rows of seating, PHEV flexibility, close starting prices


The Mazda CX-90 PHEV is lovely inside and out and offers 323 horsepower and fantastic handling. It’s a little hard to believe it’s the less expensive option of these two, at least as far as base models go. But it gets more expensive as you start to add features.

The Kia Sorento PHEV has a longer all-electric range, a longer warranty, and costs less when fully loaded. It lacks the Mazda’s elegance, but practical considerations will outweigh that for some buyers.


2024 Mazda CX-90 PHEV 2023 Kia Sorento PHEV
Starting Price $47,445 $49,990
Popular Powertrains
Engine 2.5-liter 4-cylinder plus electric motor 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder plus electric motor
Horsepower 323 hp @ 6,000 rpm 261 hp @ 5,500 rpm
Torque 369 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm 195 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm
Transmission 8-speed automatic 6-speed automatic
Fuel Economy TBD 24 city/29 highway/ 26 combined mpg
Also Available Inline turbo 6-cylinder 2.5-liter turbo 4-cylinder; AWD; hybrid
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles
Powertrain Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles 10 years/100,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety TBD 4 stars
Max Seating Capacity 8 7
Wheelbase 122.8 inches 110.8 inches
Overall Length 201.6 inches 189.0 inches
Width 84.9 inches 74.8 inches
Height 68.2 inches 66.7 inches
Turning Diameter 38.1 feet 18.96 feet
Headroom, Front 39.7 inches 40.3 inches
Headroom, 2nd Row 39.3 inches 39.1 inches
Headroom, 3rd Row 36.9 inches 36.8 inches
Legroom, Front 41.7 inches 41.4 inches
Legroom, 2nd Row 39.4 inches 41.7 inches
Legroom, 3rd Row 30.4 inches 29.6 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 57.2 inches 59.1 inches
Shoulder Room, 2nd Row 58.1 inches 58.1 inches
Shoulder Room, 3rd Row 53.3 inches 53.0 inches
EPA Cargo Volume 14.9/40.0/74.2 cubic feet 12.6/38.5/75.5 cubic feet



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