The 2025 Mazda CX-70: Right-Sizing UPDATED

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

Imagine this: You're looking for a crossover with a pinch of sportiness. None of the current crop of two-rows in the upper $30K to $50K range are doing it for you. You like the swoopy Mazda CX-90 but it's too big for your wants and needs. You hear the phrase "zoom zoom" whispered by unseen forces. You get to your Mazda dealer and see that a new contender has emerged. Enter the 2025 Mazda CX-70.


The all-new CX-70 shares a lot of its bones with the CX-90, its exterior duds aren't just a shrunken-down copy. It's not smaller -- an earlier version of this post said it was, I had a brain cramp and I regret the error -- though it does lose the third row. It's less curvy and a bit more slab-sided, with a more-aggressive grille. The CX-90 is meant to give off a luxury vibe, while the CX-70's design leans more heavily, at least on the outside, into the oft-real perception that Mazda bakes sportiness into all of its vehicles.

Full disclosure: Mazda flew me to New York City for a night and put me in a fancy hotel and paid for meals so that I could take photos of the CX-70 and chat with the PR team about it. The vehicles I photographed are pre-production Canadian spec and American-spec models will have some minor visual differences, depending on trim/packaging.

I didn't get to drive the CX-70 -- hopefully that comes later -- in Manhattan. But I was able to shoot a bunch of photos and crawl around the interior.

I can't fairly judge material quality on early builds like these, so I won't. What I can say is the cabin looks a lot like what's found in the larger CX-90, and that's a good thing. It's an attractive design.

Mazda has put some clever storage options into the rear, and the cargo area seemed to easily swallow some luggage that the brand had on hand for demonstration purposes. There's an upscale look and feel here -- especially if you get the red Nappa leather that's exclusive to this model.

It's easy to praise a vehicle when it's standing still, so all early opinions should be taken with a bit more salt than I put on my French fries. This could all fall apart when I drive it, but the CX-70 looks, at first glance, to be at least competitive.

Speaking of driving it -- buyers will have two powertrain choices. Just like with the CX-90, you can get a 3.3-liter turbocharged inline-six with a mild hybrid boost or a plug-in hybrid pairing a 2.5-liter, naturally-aspirated four-cylinder to an electric motor. I don't see power numbers in the press materials Mazda provided, but in the CX-90 that the 3.3-liter makes 340 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque while the PHEV, which has a 17.8 kWh battery, makes 323 ponies and 369 lb-ft of torque. The mild hybrid in the 3.3 has a 48-volt setup.

I don't expect to see the base inline-six from the CX-90, and I do expect that the CX-70 will use an eight-speed automatic and have all-wheel drive available if not standard.

Mazda will officially unveil the vehicle right around press time, so we will update with specs as we get them.

We don't have pricing yet but I'd guess a high-$30K starting point with loaded models checking in around $50K or maybe a tick under.

Key available features not previously mentioned include 21-inch black wheels, black interior accents, remote-folding rear seats, cargo hooks, sub-floor storage in the cargo area, a driver-assist system that stops the vehicle should the driver become unresponsive, and Amazon Alexa integration.

We're barely scratching the surface here -- Mazda is probably going to give us more detail at launch, as automakers often do. For now, my initial take is that the CX-70 looks good -- though I prefer the curviness of the CX-90 -- and has, on paper, the proper bonafides to be a sporty two-row crossover with the type of utility features crossover buyers need.

Now, let's drive the dang thing.

[Images © 2024 Tim Healey/TTAC.com]

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at Web2Carz.com. He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for About.com, CarFax, Vehix.com, High Gear Media, Torque News, FutureCar.com, Cars.com, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as AutoGuide.com, Off-Road.com, and HybridCars.com. He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • Johnny Lumber Johnny Lumber on Jan 31, 2024

    Not a big fan on using Android auto with Google maps on a horizontal screen. Tried it in an Accor and bits of the map were overlayed with other information.

  • Zipper69 Zipper69 on Feb 01, 2024

    "Slab sided" is an understatement.

    The black version especially, looks bottom heavy, out of proportion with the cabin.

  • Golden2husky Have to say he did an excellent job on the C7, especially considering the limited budget he was given. I am very happy with my purchase.
  • Marty The problem isn't range; it's lack of electricity in multi-unit building parking. All you need is level 1 - a standard 120v wall socket - and if you're plugged in 10 hours overnight you get 280 miles per week or more. That's enough for most folks but you can use public charging to supplement when needed. Installing conduit circuits and outlets is simple and cheap; no charge stations needed.
  • 2manyvettes Tadge was at the Corvette Corral at the Rolex 24 hour sports car race at the end of January 2023. During the Q&A after his remarks someone stood up and told him "I will never buy an electric Corvette." His response? "I will never sell you an electric Corvette." Take that Fwiw.
  • Socrates77 They're pinching pennies for the investors like always, greed has turned GM into a joke of an old corporate American greed.
  • Analoggrotto looking at this takes me right back to the year when “CD-ROM” first entered public lexicon
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