The All-New Mazda CX-60 – Review

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Overview of Mazda CX-60

Secure handling, excellent steering, appealing interior, and outstanding performance; yes, we are talking about the all-new Mazda CX-60 that was launched in 2022 by Mazda. This vehicle comes with an impressive diesel engine and electric battery, fitting to the urban needs.

Mazda’s CX-60 represents a bold move for the company, as it’s their largest offering ever in the UK. This vehicle stands out in a competitive market, but for what? It’s definitely the range of hybrid options and, most of all, the attractive pricing. The CX-60 introduced Mazda’s first plug-in hybrid system and later added a new diesel engine, expanding the brand’s horizons. This vehicle competes with most premium models like the Audi Q5 while maintaining a pricing strategy that is closer to more mainstream options like the Toyota RAV4.

This vehicle is an amazing choice when it comes to picking a family car, but it has its imperfections.

Origin and Evolution

Mazda is a Japanese automobile manufacturer, a premium brand known for its rotary engine technology. This company is known for producing efficient and sporty vehicles for everyone.

The Mazda CX-60 is one such amazing vehicle that was produced in 2022. This vehicle was first unveiled on 8 March 2022 as part of the “Large Product Group” of Mazda. It basically includes a range of larger vehicles having rear and all-wheel drive layouts. The CX-60 is a mid-size crossover SUV and the first ever vehicle by Mazda that used its rear and all-wheel drive platform having longitudinal engine layout. The CX-60 also turns out to be the first vehicle to feature a plug-in hybrid option.

This CX-60 is comparable to the size of the CX-50. Though it’s smaller than the CX-9, it’s larger than the CX-5. Using the rear-wheel drive-based layout with longitudinal engine is described as a “step change for Mazda” by a Mazda Australia executive.

Mazda certainly opened a new chapter in its automotive technology with the introduction of CX-60. Since electric cars are taking over the world, Mazda took a step forward and came up with an electrified SUV. Though it’s not completely electric, it works pretty well for those who were too affected by the anxiety range.

This vehicle has the same design language as the CX-5. For instance, we could see the big drop for the massive grille into the apron, sharp headlights, and a quad exhaust system with rectangular tips. As for the interior, Mazda tried fitting the Kodo design trend. It has a big longitudinal center console with a longitudinally mounted engine located at the front.

There’s a lot more than this that you need to know about the all-new Mazda CX-60. Let’s discuss the specs in detail.

Power, Performance, and Efficiency

The Mazda CX-60 comes with a 3.3-liter straight six-diesel engine. Without any doubt, this one is the largest diesel engine today. You can get the hybrid-assisted diesel engine with a power of 200 hps in a rear-wheel drive configuration. A more powerful one can be achieved with an all-wheel drive configuration, and it delivers 245 horsepower. This mild hybrid system is very well suited to the eight-speed automatic transmission, giving instant response.

As for the CX-60 plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, it is equipped with a combination of an electric motor and an eight-speed automatic gearbox with a 2.5-liter petrol engine. This combination is capable of producing 327 horsepower and 500 Nm. That said, it can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in just 5.8 seconds. As for the battery capacity, it can easily cover 39 miles on a single charge.

Exploring the Interior Features

You will be super impressed with the logical control layout of the Mazda CX-60, as it also gives practical storage options. The seats here are well-shaped, meaning you can drive comfortably during long journeys. The vehicle is well-made from the inside, though lacking in flair. In non-Takumi trims, you get a somewhat drab interior with charcoal shades. On the other hand, the top Takumi ones have brightened up the cabin with light fabric and leather. Overall, the interior is pretty decent.

To cater to different driving modes and preferences, there are three digital displays as well, including a head-up display for those who prefer a higher seating position.

Color Options

The Mazda CX-60 comes in an array of beautiful colors that capture the attention at first glance. You can get the following exterior colors:

  • Soul red crystal
  • Rhodium white
  • Sonic Silver
  • Platinum quartz
  • Jet black
  • Machine gray
  • Deep crystal blue

As for the interior, you have the following choices:

  • White nappa leather seat trim
  • Black leather seat trim with titanium stitching

Exploring the Infotainment Technology

Its infotainment system and tech features are also quite impressive, as the Mazda CX-60 boasts a 12.3-inch central screen and a 12-speaker Bose audio system. It includes DAB radio, streaming capabilities, and sat-nav as well. The physical controls are also not distractive. The connectivity features include Android and Apple CarPlay. As for the navigation directions, they appear in the head-up display, while two USB-C ports are conveniently located in the center console, although wireless charging requires the Convenience Pack. Additional features like seat and steering wheel warmers are also available.

Space and Storage in Mazda CX-60

The Mazda CX-60 certainly has large doors and a long wheelbase. The cabin space is a lot, particularly at the front, allowing drivers and passengers to stretch out. Its practicality is also above average.

There is a boot space of 477 liters with the floor in place. The rear seats can be tilted forward in a 40:20:40 configuration, thus expanding the trunk space to 1,726 liters. Moreover, all four doors of this vehicle offer generous pockets and bottle carriers. You will also find a lot of storage for smaller items like a coin box, sunglasses pocket, a large glove box, center console, etc. Even more, four USB-C ports are also available that provide power to the front and rear.

Safety Features

The Euro NCAP safety rating of the Mazda CX-60 is quite impressive. It provides amazing protection for children and adult passengers in all seats. There is an optional Driver Assistance pack as well that includes stop-start assist, lane-keeping, adaptive cruise control, adaptive headlights, and cross-traffic alert. This vehicle provides very good safety even without these optional features. For instance, there is effective autonomous emergency braking in both forward and reverse directions for enhanced safety. All this makes it a perfect vehicle for families and car enthusiasts.

Pros

  • Top-notch materials and build quality 
  • Amazing diesel engines
  • Low price tag
  • Super comfortable and premium interior

Cons

  • Ride quality is not impressive
  • The engine range is limited

Pricing of Mazda CX-60

 2023 Mazda CX-60 Trim LevelPricing
Mazda CX-60 Evolve 3.3T I6 petrol AWD$59,800
Mazda CX-60 Azami 2.5 I4 PHEV AWD$85,500
Mazda CX-60 GT 2.5 I4 PHEV AWD $80,300
Mazda CX-60 Azami 3.3T I6 diesel AWD$75,000
Mazda CX-60 Azami 3.3T I6 petrol AWD$73,000
Mazda CX-60 Evolve 2.5 I4 PHEV AWD$72,300
Mazda CX-60 GT 3.3T I6 diesel AWD$67,800
Drive Abilities

Though the Mazda CX-60 has a lot of premium features to offer, we are not really impressed with its ride quality and handling. It exhibits agile handling for a vehicle of its size. However, we can certainly say that the car handles well under pressure with a rear-biased grip during acceleration and responsive steering. As for the brakes, they are also easy to modulate and truly progressive, giving you a sporty experience.

The basic models have 18-inch wheels, which give a comfortable ride and absorb the bumps very well. However, its higher-level trims have 20-inch wheels that give a harsh ride. Hence, this vehicle typically struggles with rough road surfaces, exhibiting unsettling bouncing.

Conclusion

The Mazda CX-60 turns out to be the best choice for those looking for a safe family SUV that is also spacious. Its PHEV model has a low BIK, which also makes it stand out. As for the interior, there is just the perfect trim quality, while most of its higher models enjoy the nicest details.

Compared to its rivals, the CX-60 turns out to be a stiff competitor in terms of advanced technology and premium price tag. However, the poor ride quality and PHEV’s unrefined nature may deter some buyers. At the same time, its outstanding diesel engine makes a strong case, especially in a market where hybrids and turbo petrol engines dominate.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can we drive the Mazda CX-60 on the roads?

You just need to level up your drive on off roads, while the traction control system and all-wheel drive will be automatically adjusted to help you go off roads.

What is the top speed of the Mazda CX-60?

This vehicle has a top speed of 124 mph and accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in just 5.8 seconds.

What is the fuel efficiency of the Mazda CX-60?

With regular home charging, its PHEV average can be expected between 36 and 38mpg. Its 35-liter fuel tank gives a combined range of 260 and 300 miles.

Written by: Motorcardata

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