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2006 Mazda B-2300 Review
Overall, lags behind the competition.
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Mazda has been manufacturing pickup trucks for quite some time, and have even partnered with Ford to produce some of their pickup trucks. The B-platform drastically lags behind the competition, and now requires Ford mechanics just to stay viable in the market. The Ford Ranger and the B-series pickup are almost identical.
Unfortunately, even the working vehicles you see on the market these days have, at the very least, complimentary air-conditioning. The 2006 Mazda B2300 is missing all of these creature comforts. Add to that the weak engine and bad ride quality, and buyers will soon find that the 2006 Mazda B2300 is lacking in almost all areas. It is best to look at other examples of trucks from the 2006 model year offered by Honda, Ford, and Toyota.
Engines: 2.3-liter inline-four
Transmissions: five-speed manual transmission
The B2300 has not seen a refresh since 1998. Only small mechanical and aesthetic changes have been made. The 2006 Mazda B2300 is relatively the same vehicle it has been for years: a bare bone machine that is meant for work-related projects.
The B-series vehicles come with regular and extended cab versions. The 2006 Mazda B2300 is the base model in the B-series. It has a regular cab that has two doors and no back seats. The bed on the 2006 Mazda B2300 measures six feet in length. As far as trucks go, there isn’t any standout styling.
Exterior mechanics include a double wishbone front suspension with coil springs and a stabilizing bar. Leaf springs are installed near the rear of the vehicle. A dual sport version that raises the suspension of the vehicle is also available.
The 2006 Mazda B2300 comes equipped with 15-inch steel wheels fitted with all-season tires. Standard equipment includes trailer wiring, cargo tie downs, and mast antenna. This is as bare bone as it gets.
The 2006 Mazda B2300 is not made for comfort or driving pleasure. It is simply for work and getting from one place to the next. The cabin is very roomy, however, as it provides a lot of shoulder, head, and legroom. The front bench is large enough for three people to ride on. There is a fold down armrest in the middle of the bench when there are only two passengers in the vehicle.
Everything else is bare bones. The stereo system has two speakers and an AM/FM player. Instrumentation is also at a minimum with a clock, tachometer, and a low-level fuel warning. Even air-conditioning is optional.
Performance & Handling
The 2006 Mazda B2300 has a 2.3-liter DOHC inline-four with 16 valves. The engine produces 143 horsepower at 5250 rpm with 154 lb-ft of torque at 3750 rpm. The car is controlled by a five-speed manual that is connected to a two-wheel drive, rear-wheel system.
Engines on the B-series trucks only seem to perform once you get to the V-6 engine. The inline-four feels underpowered for a truck, especially when tugging a large load or trying to get up a hill with a full bed.
The truck is easy to maneuver on the road due to the truck’s small size and weight. Unfortunately, the rest of the 2006 Mazda B2300’s mechanical underpinnings are way out of date, especially compared to the competition. The 2006 Mazda B2300 does perform off-road, but modifications like skid plates are not available from Mazda; buyers will need to find a third-party installer.
The 2006 Mazda B2300 is fitted with the minimum safety equipment required by the industry. Standard features include four-wheel anti-lock brakes, ventilated front disc brakes and rear drum brakes, two front headrests, a passenger airbag deactivation switch, front seatbelt pre-tensioner, and electronic brake force distribution.
Crash ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) provide drastically different views on the safety of the vehicle. The NHTSA gave the 2006 Mazda B2300 four stars out of five for driver and passenger, and five stars for front-side impact. The IIHS gives the 2006 Mazda B2300 its worst rating of ""poor"" for front offset impact.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Small body dimension means better maneuverability
- Tough working truck
You Won't Like
- Lack of standard features
- Lack of optional features
- Dated platform and mechanics
- Poor safety ratings
- Choppy ride
Overall, lags behind the competition.
If You Like This Vehicle
- Ford Ranger
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