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1998 Mazda B-2500

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1998 Mazda B-2500 Review

A rugged compact truck.

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Overview

The upgrades that Madza makes for its B-2500 makes this compact pick-up truck an incredibly rugged, well-built import. The revised styling makes the Mazda up to par with its closest competition. It meets the basic needs of a pickup with the added benefits of great fuel economy and compact size. Overall, the Mazda B-2500 is a reliable pick for someone looking for more of a road truck rather than a work truck.

The Range

Body Styles: pick-up truck
Engines: 2.5-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Mazda B-2500 SE, Mazda B-2500 SX

What's New

The 1998 Mazda B-2500 restyles the look from front to back including a larger regular-sized cab and a stiffer frame. Additionally, Mazda has added revised front suspension to create a better ride, a more powerful 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, and a new four-wheel-drive system to make for better handling and performance on and off the road.

Exterior

The 1998 Mazda B-2500 new styling includes the regular cab being stretched an extra three inches from previous models. This adds some much-needed legroom. Additionally, the restyling was based on studies that suggested import truck buyers preferred lower, more horizontal-looking trucks, and this information led to putting the front grille and headlights together as a single band on the front of the truck. There are also blistered fenders. The B-2500 comes standard in eight factory standard colors. It also comes standard with 14-inch wheels and special graphics ready to drive off the lot. Exterior options include two-tone paint, bed liner, chrome bumpers, and alloy wheels.

Interior

The 1998 Mazda B-2500's interior didn't get any major reworking for the 1998 model, and it only comes in one standard trim, which is very neutral and not at all flashy. The interior of the 1998 Mazda B-2500 comes standard with jump seats, tachometer, cloth seating, and a front split bench seat. Interior options include AM/FM/Cassette/CD stereo system, manual horizontal sliding glass window, clock, and air-conditioning. Power windows, mirrors, and locks are not standard but can be added. Overall, the interior comes very basic before additions, and options can rack up a sizable bill.

Performance & Handling

The 1998 Mazda B-2500 has improvements on the handling and performance of revised suspension system, a short-long arm independent design, the rack and pinion steering, and a stronger frame. The 1998 Mazda B-2500 makes 119 horsepower and 146 lb-ft of torque. The decent fuel economy and 17-gallon gas tank means that the Mazda can go awhile before it needs a refuel. The four-wheel-drive system helps get around, but overall, the Mazda B-2500 is more suited for on-road than off-road uses.

Safety

The Mazda B-2500 comes standard with driver and passenger side airbags and rear-wheel anti-lock brakes. The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) rated the Mazda B-2500 with an overall ""acceptable"" safety rating. The National Highway of Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rated the Mazda B-2500 with four out of five stars for overall safety.

EPA Fuel Economy

Mazda B-2500: 23/27 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Style
  • Airbags with cutoff switch
  • Good construction
  • Compact size

You Won't Like

  • Lack of horsepower
  • Compact size
  • No four-wheel anti-lock brake option

Sum Up

A rugged compact truck.

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