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2024 Mazda CX-90 Long-Term Update: CX-70 Playdate Edition

2024 Mazda CX-90 Long-Term Update: CX-70 Playdate Edition
2024 Mazda CX-90 Long-Term Update: CX-70 Playdate Edition

In our review of the 2025 Mazda CX-70, West Coast Editor James Riswick simply referred to it as a two-door CX-90. Now, we love a little hyperbole here—a little grandiosity seems appropriate from time to time—but in this particular case, I’m here to confirm that it’s the literal truth in this case. And I don’t mean that in a millennial sense, but more in the old Merriam-Webster style. Aside from the seating arrangement, the 2024 Mazda CX-90 and CX-70 are identical. Not to within an inch or two, or even a millimeter, but Exactly the same. But hey, don’t take my word for it. Let me show you.

Of course, angles can be deceiving, but there’s no room for deception here. That’s our long-term CX-90 on the left and the CX-70 on the right. No, we didn’t ask for a CX-70 in white, but it seems whoever is in charge of Mazda’s fleet has either an incredibly strict sense of order or a completely insane sense of humor. Either way, that certainly helps our argument. Let’s put them side by side and compare.

The CX-90 (foreground) didn’t look dingy until it was next to the CX-70. Oops. But as we can see here, they’re a perfect match. Our CX-70 loaner was better equipped than our long-term CX-90, hence the blacked-out mirror caps, but I think I prefer the wheels on our CX-90. The extra brightwork on the CX-70 doesn’t go as well with the white car in my opinion. But now that we’ve covered the obvious overlap, let’s look at what sets them apart.

I left the CX-90 on the left for simplicity. Note the quilted leather in the CX-70 loaner. It feels as good as it looks. None of the leather in my old Mazdas felt as good, that’s for sure. As you can see, the CX-70 has a cargo cover behind the second row and storage compartments instead of cupholders next to where the third-row bench seat would go in a CX-90. The second and first row seats are in the same position in both cars.

As you can see, the CX-90’s cargo area (still on the left!) is tiny compared to the ’70s. You can see that the groove for the cargo cover is machined into the plastic side panel of the cargo area on both cars. Both also have 12 and 120 volt power outlets on the right side of the cargo area.

Because the third-row seats are easy to reach, our CX-90 has simple manual pull releases for the two halves of the bench seat. Since the CX-70 doesn’t, Mazda has given owners a couple of buttons as a treat. In our long-term CX-90, those two releases are replaced by a 1,500-watt power outlet and an on/off switch.

Of the three “cons” we list in our review of the 2024 CX-70, this one is the most obvious: “Otherwise, the identical CX-90 is more versatile with three rows of seating.” I think these pictures say it all. There are people out there for whom the CX-70’s larger cargo area may make more sense, but for the vast majority of buyers buying something this size, the CX-90 is the better choice. (The positions are reversed in that last picture; the CX-90 is now on the right. Just wanted to see if you were paying attention.)

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