The B-Series is Mazda’s line of pickup trucks, from small to full size models, in production from 1961 through 2006 when the line was replaced by the BT25. The first generation models were in production from 1961 through 1965 with a two-door truck body style, a front-engine rear-wheel drive layout, and a 1.5-liter, four-cylinder engine. The second generation models include those from 1965 through 1971 with the same body style and layout, and 1.5-liter four-cylinder but increased horsepower. The third generation models were built between 1971 through 1979 with the same body style and layout, slightly larger, and a moderate power increase on the upper end to a 1.8-liter four-cylinder. The fourth generation received a moderate redesign with a longer bed but still a two-door compact. Engines included a 2.0-liter four-cylinder and a 2.2-liter, four-cylinder diesel. Transmissions included a five-speed manual and a three-speed automatic. With the fifth generation Mazda added larger four door pickup and wagon models along with the smaller two-door models, denoted B2600 and B2200 respectively. The same body styles were available but a four-wheel drive option was added next to the two-wheel drive models. Engines included a 2.0-liter four-cylinder, 2.2-liter four-cylinder, 2.6-liter four-cylinder, and 2.5-liter, turbo diesel four-cylinder. The sixth and final generation includes models built from 1998 through 2006. Depending on the area and the model year these were B2200 and B2600 models (denoting the larger and smaller models) or later starting in 2001 called the B2500 and B3000. Body styles include a two-door pickup and two-door pickup extended cab, a four-door pickup with “suicide rear doors” and a regular four-door pickup, and a five-door wagon model which was rebranded the Ford Everest in North America. These were available with a front-engine and a rear-wheel drive or a four-wheel drive layout. Available engines included a 2.2-liter four-cylinder, 2.3-liter four-cylinder, and a 2.6-liter four-cylinder.
The Mazda B-Series in not a well-known line of pickup trucks in North America despite its long history. Prior to being replaced by the BT25 these were known for their very basic base models lacking standard features usually available from other truck brands, but also a very affordable price. Gas mileage is perhaps the most highly rated feature according to most sources. Reliability is an area where the B-Series has received criticism but the source of these criticisms is not confirmed and no recalls or other specific problems are reported. Drivers have reported models running near 200,000 miles which would be a very impressive feat for a pickup truck.
For 2001 the Mazda B2500 got a new name (depending on the area) from B2200 to B2500 along with a slight increase in horsepower.
Body Styles: pickup truck
Engines: 140-hp 2.3-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual with overdrive, five-speed automatic with overdrive
Models: Mazda B2500 SX 4x2 regular cab, Mazda B2500 SE regular cab
The 2001 smaller B-Series model from Mazda got a new name in some markets, B2500, along with a modest power boost up to a 140-hp, 2.3-liter four-cylinder.
The 2001 Mazda B2500 only comes as a regular cab two-door model. It has body-colored bumpers and moldings, alloy wheels; and is available in a range of finishes.
The 2001 B2500 seats three with a front bench seat allowing for a center occupant. Interior features are limited and include optional air on the SX and standard on the SE, speed control only available on the SE, optional auto-dimming rearview, optional tilt steering on the SE only, a two-speaker sound system with a radio only on the SX and a four-speaker system with CD player and radio on the SE, and limited leather trim options on the SE model.
Performance & Handling
The B2500 has a small 140-hp, 2.3-liter four-cylinder, which can be paired with either a five-speed manual transmission or a five-speed automatic transmission. The rear-wheel drive four-cylinder has a limited towing capacity but can handle lighter loads. It can struggle while accelerating while fully loaded. Other performance and handling features include front-wheel independent suspension and power steering.
Standard features for the 2001 B2500 include the required front-impact airbags with passenger cancellation when the seat is not occupied and ABS brakes.
EPA Fuel Economy
Mazda B2500: 21/25 mpg city/highway to 24/28 mpg city/highway
You Won't Like
- Standard features
A very affordable and fuel efficient basic pickup truck model.
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