Truck models are also quite popular across the United States of America, and there have been several different truck models vying to gain popularity over the years, right from the 60s to the present. The Mazda B series range of trucks is slightly different from your run-of-the-mill trucks. It has been compact since the first model till the present 3 unique trims. This series could actually pass as a Ford Ranger series for all trims. From the 90’s to the present date, the Mazda trucks have upheld the concept of compact trucks.
The Mazda design has already been used on Ford cars in the 70’s. The two giants then came together in the nineties to come up with a powerful yet compact truck that provided good pickup and easy driving. This new launch sees all the trims with quite unique styles, unlike earlier. Fuel mileage is a plus point for this truck that can be easily maneuvered and is a blessing at cramped parking lots where other trucks cannot fit. This hugely popular B series truck is still quite a good competitor in the truck segment, but is slightly outdated in interiors and navigation system and a few other aspects. If you are looking to buy a truck, then get this compact B series truck simply for its fuel economy, easy handling and reasonably good performance.
The trucks are all quite powerful with good braking, even though they are simply short of several other features found commonly among all rival models. Get the B4000 if you want good towing capacity. else go for the B2300 for excellent fuel economy. The trims give up to 21-miles per gallon in the city and 26 mpg on highways. Safety, transmission, interiors and styling have improved this time round.
Engine: 3 out of 5….. v6 engine is quite good.
Transmission: 3 out of 5…. Transmission is satisfactory
Handling: 4 out of 5… great handling for a truck
Safety: 3 out of 5 … more safety features could have been implemented
Value 3 out of 5.. price goes up to $27,000. reasonably good series
Body: up to 5 passenger seating, 2 or 4 door vehicle.
Engine: 1) 2.3 Liter I4, 16 valve engine (Mazda B-Series B2300 Regular Cab 4X2)
2) 4.0 liter V6, 12 valve engine (Mazda B-Series B4000 Cab Plus 4 4X4)
3) 4.0 liter V6, 12 valve engine (Mazda B-Series B4000 Cab Plus 4 SE 4X4)
Transmission: the standard transmission is 5 speed manual, with overdrive and an optional is the 5 speed automatic transmission with overdrive.
Power & Torque: 1) 143 hp at 5250 rpm & 154 at 3750 (ft-lbs) (Mazda B-Series B2300 Regular Cab 4X2)
2) 207 hp at 5250 rpm & 238 at 3000 (ft-lbs) (Mazda B-Series B4000 Cab Plus 4 4X4)
3) 207 hp at 5250 rpm & 238 at 3000 (ft-lbs) (Mazda B-Series B4000 Cab Plus 4 SE 4X4)
Tires: radial passenger tires
Verdict: good truck, compact and free of frills, but could have done much better
For: compact size, easy handling and fuel economy.
Against: not many features