2005 Mazda B-2300

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2005 Mazda B-2300 Review

A simple truck with an average amount of exterior and interior features, good fuel economy, and fair power and handling.

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Overview

The 2005 Mazda B-2300 truck is a simple line of vehicles. This year, the B-2300 gets no new features. The exterior features range from some visual elements such as black bumpers and a black grille, to functional elements such as clear-lens halogen headlights and intermittent windshield wipers. Optional packages add some nice-looking features, as do the dealer-installed options. For the interior features, there are a number of storage elements and a few visual elements. The Mazda B-2300 is stocked full of warning lights and gauges. The audio system could be improved, as it only has an AM/FM stereo with a package upgrade required to add the CD player. This is below average on the standards of other trucks on the market this year. Performance and handling are fair with an average horsepower rating. Safety is average with a few nice safety features. Fuel economy is fairly good for this class of truck. Drivers cannot go wrong with simplicity.

The Range

Body Styles: pickup truck
Engines: 2.3-liter inline four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, five-speed automatic
Models: Mazda B-2300

What's New

The 2005 Mazda B-2300 models get no new features this year.

Exterior

The 2005 Mazda B-2300 features nine exterior colors, a black front bumper, a black rear-step bumper, a black front grille trim, black dual manual-folding mirrors, black front and rear mud flaps, clear-lens halogen headlights, solar-tinted glass, two-speed variable intermittent windshield wipers, a quick-release tailgate, and tie-down loops in the cargo bed. The 15-inch steel wheels come with all-season tires. The B-2300 comes with a limited-service mini spare tire. The SE-5 package adds alloy wheels, and chrome bumpers and grille. Dealer-installed options include door edge guards, black bed rail caps, silver bed rail caps, folding storage box, soft tonneau cover, black side-step tubes, silver side-step tubes, a bed liner, and bed extenders.

Interior

The 2005 Mazda B-2300 comes with many interior features, including a 60/40 cloth split bench seat, fold-down center console with storage and armrest lid, floor console with dual cup holder, black vinyl floor covering, a black-faced instrument panel, and silver ring gauges. The Mazda B-2300’s gauges include a tachometer, dual trip odometers, coolant temperature gauge, and oil-pressure monitor. The warning lights in the B-2300 include parking brake, check engine, oil pressure, battery charge, and low fuel. The Mazda B-2300 has a remote hood release, a cigarette-lighter socket, storage bin with a 12-volt power outlet, glove box, cloth-covered sun visors, and a dome light. The two-speaker audio system is an AM/FM stereo radio with a digital clock and a fixed fender-mounted antenna.

Optional interior packages include the SE-5 package, which adds air-conditioning, carpet and floor mats, cruise control, tilt steering, and a leather steering wheel. Dealer-installed options include an auto-dimming mirror with a compass or an auto-dimming mirror with compass and thermometer.

Performance & Handling

The 2005 Mazda B-2300 comes with a 2.3-liter, inline four-cylinder gas engine rated at 143 horsepower, which provides 154 lb-ft of torque. The transmission is a five-speed manual shift or a five-speed automatic. The Mazda B-2300 manual has an axle ratio of 3.73 and is rear drive, which can be problematic in harsh weather conditions, such as snow, making the B-2300 nearly impossible to maneuver in such weather. It also includes a four-pin, trailer-tow wiring harness, independent double-wishbone front suspension with coil springs, leaf-spring rear suspension, gas-pressurized shock absorbers, and a front stabilizer bar. The steering is power rack and pinion. The front disc brakes are power ventilated and the rear brakes are drum brakes. The Mazda B-2300 comes with a 16.5-gallon fuel tank, and the automatic version has an axle ratio of 4:10.

Safety

The 2005 Mazda B-2300 earned five out of five stars for driver side-impact crash test ratings, four stars for driver front and passenger front impact ratings, and three stars for its rollover rating. The B-2300 comes with driver and front passenger airbags with a front passenger deactivation switch. The front three-point seat belts have adjustable height shoulder anchors, while the rear seats include rear outboard three-point seat belts. The Mazda B-2300 comes with standard four-wheel ABS.

EPA Fuel Economy

Mazda B-2300: 21/27 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Simplicity
  • Good fuel economy

You Won't Like

  • Limited customization options

Sum Up

A simple truck with an average amount of exterior and interior features, good fuel economy, and fair power and handling.

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