The 1999 Mazda B-2500 provides the market with an atypical pickup truck. It lacks the power that usually marks a major selling point for pickup buyers, but makes up for it with a low price tag, decent handling, and a fuel economy closer to that of cars. These result in a pickup truck that probably does not appeal to most drivers who already own other pickups, but it provides an option for drivers who normally would not have considered getting a pickup.
The Mazda B-2500 seems best suited for drivers who want to haul a large but relatively light load. For example, the B-2500 would be a good vehicle for someone who regularly has to transport plants around. Truck beds clean up easily, so you do not have to worry about dirt spilling out of the pots. At the same time, a full load of plants weighs less than most other cargo typically found in a pickup, so the lower power does not cause an issue.
The unusual characteristics of the B-2500 are a double-edged sword. On one hand, it does not offer the same appeal of a more standard truck. On the other hand, few other vehicles on the market offer this same price, truck bed size, fuel economy, and handling. The Mazda B-2500 makes a great option for a small group of drivers.
Body Styles: pickup truck
Engine: 2.5-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Mazda B-2500 SE Extended Cab, Mazda B-2500 SX, Mazda B-2500 SE, Mazda B-2500 TL
The 1999 Mazda B-2500 does not show many design changes from previous models. The only major change concerns the addition of a four-door cab as an option. Beyond that, the only other difference consists of alterations to the optional feature packages offered to buyers.
The Mazda B-2500 provides an attractive truck that seems a little smaller than other models on the market. The exterior styling of the 1999 Mazda B-2500, like the flared truck bed, looks a little more elaborate than the usual bare-bones exteriors of most trucks, but it still has a very rugged, utilitarian appearance anyway. Optional features include power windows, power locks, and power mirrors.
The interior of the 1999 Mazda B-2500 looks a little stripped down compared to a sedan, but not that unusual compared to most low-end trucks. Power steering, a CD player, and air-conditioning comprise the list of standard features. Cruise control remains optional.
Performance & Handling
The Mazda B-2500 has a mixed performance. The four-cylinder engine does not provide much power, so the acceleration seems fairly low, especially when fully loaded. While this problem often occurs with pickup trucks, the amount of cargo you can carry before taking a performance hit falls lower than average.
On the up side, the handling feels surprisingly good, so maneuvering the 1999 Mazda B-2500 seems easy. It does not handle as well as a car, but it outclasses most pickup trucks in its price range. If you do not plan to carry around much cargo, the overall performance of this truck seems quite solid.
Safety features on the 1999 Mazda B-2500 raise slightly above average for a vehicle in its price range. Dual front airbags come standard on all models. Rather unusually, rear-wheel anti-lock brakes come standard on all models. While not quite as effective as a four-wheel anti-lock brake system, it still helps significantly in an emergency situation. Even if your front brakes do lock up, your braking does not get completely compromised.
EPA Fuel Economy
Mazda B-2500 four-speed automatic: 18/23 mpg city/highway
Mazda B-2500 five-speed manual: 19/24 mpg city/highway
- Low price tag
- Decent handling
- Decent fuel economy
You Won't Like
- Not enough power to handle the needs of pickup drivers
- Only useful for hauling light, bulky cargo exposed to the elements
A truck for those who do not like trucks.
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