2025 Mazda CX-70: A Two-Row Powerhouse with Straight-Six Capability

Upgraded power options offer a boost to compact five-seater SUV.

Mazda is intensifying its focus on mid-size SUVs with the introduction of the 2025 CX-70. This compact version of the CX-90 offers seating for five instead of the traditional seven, showcasing the brand’s commitment to catering to smaller families. Utilizing a similar platform, powertrains, and body design as its larger counterpart, the CX-70 is a perfect choice for those who appreciate the three-row model and are looking for a similar experience with a two-row option.

Although there are some minor variations, the Mazda mid-sized models both have their unique features. The CX-70 stands out with its sleek and sporty design, featuring a more liberal use of glossy black accents compared to the chrome-laden CX-90. Its front grille boasts a sleek black mesh pattern instead of the brightwork found on the CX-90, and the front bumper showcases larger simulated grilles that lead to the air curtain generators located in the corners. The rear bumper of the CX-70 has also been given a new look, complete with faux vents on the sides. Glossy black finishes can be seen on the mirror caps, door handles, and roof rails, while the optional 21-inch wheels come with machined faces and gloss black pockets for added sophistication.

The exterior of the CX-70 boasts a bold and attractive appearance that catches my attention more than its rival, the CX-90. The latter’s grille insert has a fluid design that strikes me as slightly inflated, resembling a punched-in nose. Despite this, the CX-70 retains a rounded roofline that doesn’t quite harmonize with the sleek body and triangular rear quarter windows. The ovoid shape of the tailgate gives off a sense of nostalgia for the ’90s Taurus, although the updated bumper style adds some dynamic flair.

Upon entering the CX-70, one may find it to bear a striking resemblance to the CX-90. However, upon closer inspection, it becomes apparent that there is no third row present. A unique feature for the CX-70 is the option of red leather seats with a black stripe, set against an otherwise dark interior accented by bold red stitching along the door panels and steering wheel. The inclusion of gray plastic trim with a printed carbon fiber design takes away from the overall quality of materials used. It is my desire that Mazda will provide the option of the CX-90’s “kakenui” dashboard stitching and real wood trim for the CX-70 as well.

Compared to the CX-90, the CX-70 comes equipped with most of the same features. However, it stands out as the first Mazda vehicle to integrate Amazon Alexa into its infotainment system. This innovative addition allows for voice control over certain on-board functions such as climate and entertainment. Additionally, the CX-70 can also connect with other Amazon-enabled devices in one’s home.Moreover, the CX-70 boasts an Unresponsive Driver Support feature as part of its adaptive cruise control and lane-centering capabilities. In case of a driver not responding to escalating prompts and warnings, such as during a medical emergency, the car will gradually bring itself to a stop in its lane. It will also activate its hazard lights as a safety measure.

The CX-70 shares identical powertrains with its counterpart, the CX-90. Its base form features a turbocharged 3.3-liter inline-six engine that cranks out 280 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. However, for those looking for an even more powerful ride, the high-output S offers a boost to 340 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. Additionally, a plug-in hybrid powertrain option is available, delivering 323 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque from a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 17.8-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery, and a 68-kilowatt electric motor.

The standard drivetrain for all models of the CX-70 will be a rear-biased all-wheel drive. The six-cylinder variant will have a maximum towing capacity of 5,000 pounds, while the hybrid version can tow up to 3,500 pounds. Compared to the larger CX-90, the CX-70 is expected to be lighter and potentially more fuel-efficient, although the exact figures have not yet been announced. The plug-in hybrid model is estimated to have a range of approximately 30 miles when running solely on electric power, which is a significant improvement. Additionally, the six-cylinder version is projected to achieve a combined fuel economy rating of 26 miles per gallon.

The latest model from Mazda, the CX-70, shares the same wheelbase of 122.8 inches as its predecessor, the CX-90. Additionally, it is almost identical in length, with only minimal changes to bumper dimensions according to a Mazda spokesperson. However, due to not having a third-row seat, the CX-70 boasts a significantly large cargo space, complete with extra storage compartments hidden beneath the floor. During a recent test drive, I found that I could easily stretch out flat without any discomfort and still have ample room above my head and below my feet. This sparked visions of embarking on a cross-country expedition, spending nights at rest stops and campsites along the way.

Mazda has not yet released the pricing for its new CX-70 model, but it can be assumed that it will be more affordable than the $40,970 CX-90 and $51,320 CX-90 PHEV. A base model CX-70 is estimated to cost around $38,000, while adding all available features could bring the total up to $57,000. In comparison, the Honda Passport, which is somewhat outdated, starts at $43,295 (including destination) and can reach up to $49,365 with the top-of-the-line Black Edition trim. Another competitor in this segment is the elegant Toyota Crown Signia, which also offers a 243-horsepower hybrid engine, but its pricing has not been announced yet. The 2025 Mazda CX-70 is expected to hit dealerships later this year.

Source: Mazda

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