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1995 Mazda B-3000 Review

A middle of the road, but very capable, compact truck .

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Overview

The 1995 Mazda B-3000 is the midrange option for the B-Series of pickup trucks. In terms of price and engine size, it falls directly between the B-2500 and B-4000. The B-3000 is more powerful than the B-2500, but at a small price increase.

The 1995 Mazda B-3000 is best suited for hauling large, but relatively light cargo around. In these situations, the extra power of most other trucks is mostly wasted, outside a generally better rate of acceleration. The lower price tag and better fuel economy make it a better option for those situations. It is not a pickup truck that has a broad appeal, but it is one of the best options for a subset of drivers. Heavy duty commercial applications will need a stronger pickup truck, but lighter applications can save money by opting for the B-3000 instead.

The Range

Body Styles: pickup truck
Engines: 3.0-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Mazda B-3000 SE, Mazda B-3000 SE Extended Cab

What's New

The 1995 Mazda B-3000 receives a redesigned dashboard with a new driver side airbag. Four-wheel anti-lock brakes are a standard feature on four-wheel-drive models.

Exterior

The 1995 Mazda B-3000 is a subtlety styled truck that is slightly smaller than average. The curves and body design used by the Mazda B-Series make it quite unique and attractive compared to most of its more utilitarian competition. Even significantly more expensive models from other truck lines rarely put much more than a cursory effort on the exterior. It is identical in appearance to the B-2500 and B-4000.

Interior

The 1995 Mazda B-3000 is like most performance oriented pickup trucks and is fairly utilitarian in terms of interior features. Power steering, AM/FM radio, and a cassette player are standard features. Buyers can also add cruise control, air-conditioning, power windows, power locks, and power mirrors as optional features.

Performance & Handling

The larger engine in the 1995 Mazda B-3000 gives it a little more acceleration and hauling capacity over the B-2500. Compared to most pickup trucks on the market, it is a little underwhelming. However, it has more than enough power for most truck users. The acceleration is a little subpar, especially while loaded, but this is hardly a unique feature. Many trucks in the same price range are roughly similar in power and performance. The better than average handling from the B-2500 still remains in the B-3000. It does not handle as well as a sedan, but it is a little more maneuverable than most trucks. Overall, the B-3000 is a solid handling vehicle that can handle the roadways fairly well.

Safety

The 1995 Mazda B-3000 has the same safety features as the rest of the B-Series pickup trucks. All models have a driver side airbag as a standard feature. Anti-lock brakes are installed on the rear wheels, which gives a significant improvement over power brakes with emergency stopping. If the front brakes lock up, the rear brakes are still going to function well enough to slow down the truck. Four wheel drive equipped models have four wheel anti-lock brakes as standard equipment in place of the rear-wheel anti-lock brakes that are otherwise standard.

EPA Fuel Economy

Mazda B-3000 four-speed automatic: 18/23 mpg city/highway
Mazda B-3000 five-speed manual: 20/26 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Moderate power increase over Mazda B-2500 for a small price increase
  • Better fuel economy than most trucks
  • Fairly low price tag compared to most competitors

You Won't Like

  • Worse fuel economy than Mazda B-2500
  • Underpowered compared to most pickup trucks
  • The Mazda B-2500 or B-4000 are often better options depending on the needs of the driver

Sum Up

A middle of the road, but very capable, compact truck .

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