2025 Mazda CX-70.
While it pains me to say this, to me, this new Mazda CX-70 is another Mazda disappointment.
As expected, it doesn’t look like the car under the cover in the teaser Mazda published a while ago. A shorter CX-90 wouldn’t be that bad if the larger model was the best-looking SUV around. The CX-90 looks fine except for the ghastly and old-looking front end. It seems Mazda has not improved the front design, but actually made it worse.
But wait! While you would think Mazda made the 5-seater version shorter, they didn’t! The CX-70 and CX-90 share the same length and wheelbase. This is a basically just “3rd row delete” option on the CX-90, and not a new model. Deleting the 3rd row and calling it a new model is the cheapest thing I’ve seen in years. Even smaller car companies like Subaru and others never thought of that…
I guess the new model will marketed as the sporty option, and they took the chrome away. And they added horrible fake black plastic vents into the bumpers, something that never, ever looks good or premium. I remember criticizing Honda about the Passport a few years ago, which was mostly a shorter Pilot. But at least, they gave it different front and rear ends. And it is indeed shorter than the Pilot. This isn’t even trying to be its own model. I also noticed all official photos show a super shiny black car, which of course, tries to mask some of the non-descript design. The interior is exactly the same as the CX-90 (minus the 2nd row of course), and Mazda is just showing it in the black/red combo since we all know “red” means sporty.
So far, I’ve read pretty good reviews about the 6-cylinder version of the new Mazda CX-90. But nothing really positive about the 2.5 Liter Hybrid. The PHEV is also a $7000 premium over the similarly equipped 6-cylinder, which just doesn’t make any sense for anyone.
The 2-row mid-size SUV will grow with a few new models this year, which is a bit surprising. There will be an all-new 2025 Honda Passport, based on the new Honda Pilot. Nissan is getting an all-new Nissan Murano ready as well. We have already seen the new Toyota Crown Signia, which is just very nice inside and out, and has a standard Hybrid powertrain with a 36MPG average. At the same time, we will finally say goodbye to the Ford Edge, with an end-of-production scheduled for April.
I think life could be a hard one for the new Mazda CX-70. That face alone makes it look 10 years old already. The interior is of course very nice. But I think Nissan could be coming up with something really modern too. I saw the Crown Signia in person a few months ago and was very impressed. It also looks much more modern and current than the Mazda.