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2002 Mazda B-2300 Review

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Overview

The 2002 Mazda B2300 is a six-generation pickup truck in the B-Series lineup that was created in 1961. It seats up to three people, and it is based on the Ford Ranger pickup truck. This rear-drive vehicle is powered by a 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine and a standard five-speed manual transmission for the M5 model. The A5 model gets a standard five-speed automatic transmission. Other members of the B-Series lineup are the B3000 and the B-4000. Mazda named the trucks to correspond to the engine output; that is, the B2300 has a 2.3-liter engine, the B3000 has a 3.0-liter engine, and the B-4000 has a 4.0-liter engine. All members of the B-Series family come with either manual or automatic transmission. The B2300 has only rear-drive while the B3000 and B-4000 has either rear-drive or four-wheel drive. Since these trucks are based on the Ford Ranger, the performance and amenities are similar.

The Range

Body Styles: pickup truck
Engines: 2.3-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, five-speed automatic
Models: Mazda B2300 M5, Mazda B2300 A5

What's New

The biggest change that the 2002 Mazda B2300 receives was a name change. Mazda changed the name from B2300 to simply, ""Truck.""

Exterior

The 2002 Mazda B2300 is available in two trims: M5 and A5. Standard exterior features for the M5 trim include 15-inch steel wheels, sliding rear window, painted bumpers, speed-sensitive variable intermittent wipers, and tinted windows. The A5 has the same features as the M5, except the standard transmission for the A5 is a five-speed automatic transmission. Consumers can get the optional remote keyless entry, power windows, power door locks, and power mirrors. It has a towing capacity of 2293 pounds, and its 71.8-inch bed has a payload capacity of 1260 pounds. It looks similar to the Ford Ranger, because it shares some of same mechanical components. The front features multi-beam reflector headlights and a bulging grille that bears the Mazda emblem. The gentle shoulders roll down into flat side panels that are interrupted by a horizontal line. The six-foot-long cargo bed has hooks in the floor and a detachable tailgate that does not require any special tools to remove. Consumers can get an optional U-shaped bed extender for longer loads, but it will not keep dirt and loose items from sliding out.

Interior

Standard features for the 2002 Mazda B2300 M5 trim are 60/40-split bench seat, vinyl upholstery and door trim, two-way manually-adjustable driver and passenger seats, power steering, and a two-speaker AM/FM stereo. The A5 has the same features as the M5. Consumers can also get options such as cloth upholstery, air-conditioning, cruise control, leather-wrapped tilting steering wheel, and a bed liner. The cabin has good leg and headroom, but fitting three adults on the bench seat can be a snug fit. The dashboard is well-organized and the instrument panel is clean and easy to read. The interior materials used are of good quality and the center stack has large rotary dials for the audio and climate controls. It has plenty of behind-the-seat storage space and the seats are comfortable.

Performance & Handling

The power supply for the 2002 Mazda B2300 is a 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 135 horsepower and 153 lb-ft of torque. It comes standard with a five-speed manual transmission and rear drive. The A5 has a standard five-speed automatic transmission. The suspension system consists of a front double-wishbone suspension with coil front springs and rear leaf springs. All Mazda trucks come with a front anti-roll bar. It displays good acceleration, but the four-cylinder engine seems to be a bit underpowered when towing loads uphill. The ride quality is good when on smooth pavement. The body tends to rattle slightly when driving over rough roads, but the larger bumps are absorbed well. The steering is responsive and stable when cornering. The cabin is moderately insulated to mute wind and road noise better than some compact trucks.

Safety

Standard safety features for the 2002 Mazda B2300 include four-wheel anti-lock disc braking system (ABS), ventilated front disc/solid rear drum brakes, side-impact bars, high-mounted center stop light, driver and passenger airbags with deactivation switches, engine immobilizer, and a front anti-roll bar. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave five stars for side driver impact protection and four stars for passenger and driver frontal-impact protection. The NHTSA also gave three stars for rollover protection.

EPA Fuel Economy

Mazda B2300: 24/28 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Good acceleration
  • Very reliable reputation

You Won't Like

  • Ride isn’t as comfortable as the competition
  • No V-6 or V-8 engines available
  • Many features that are optional are standard on some of the competition’s offerings.

Sum Up

Consider the competition first.

If You Like This Vehicle

  • Toyota Tacoma
  • Ford Ranger
  • Nissan Frontier
  • Ford F-150
  • Dodge Dakota
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