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1999 Mazda B-3000

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1999 Mazda B-3000 Review

A compromise between its older and younger siblings.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The 1999 Mazda B-3000 provides the midrange option for Mazda’s B-Series of pickup trucks. In terms of price and engine size, it falls directly between the B-2500 and B-4000. The three-liter, six-cylinder engine shows a major improvement over the 2.5-liter four-cylinder on the B-2500. This results in a slightly faster truck for a minor price increase.

Similar to the B-2500, the B-3000 falls into an odd area of function. Even with the larger engine, it still does not compete well with most pickup trucks in terms of hauling heavy loads. However, the lower-powered engine also has much better fuel economy than most other pickup trucks. While it has a rugged design, it does not offer the power required by many truck drivers.

The Mazda B-3000 best suits hauling large, but relatively light cargo around. In these situations, the extra power of most other trucks goes to waste. The lower price tag and better fuel economy on the B-3000 makes it a better option for those situations. The B-3000 does not have a broad appeal, but it provides one of the best options for a subset of drivers.

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, Mazda B-3000 TL Extended Cab

What's New

The 1999 Mazda B-3000 receives a four-door cab as an option, along with the rest of the B-Series. The features in some of the optional packages change around to streamline buying a B-Series vehicle. A frame-mounted hitch receiver also provides an option available on the B-3000 and B-4000. This option remains unavailable on the B-2500.

Exterior

The 1999 Mazda B-3000 provides a subtlety styled truck that looks slightly smaller than average. The curves and body design show a higher level of detail compared to most trucks, even higher-end models. It appears identical to the B-2500 and B-4000. Options include power windows, power locks, and power mirrors.

Interior

The Mazda B-3000 seems fairly utilitarian in terms of interior features. Power steering, a CD player, and air-conditioning come standard on all 1999 Mazda B-3000s. Buyers can also add cruise control as an optional feature.

Performance & Handling

The larger engine in the B-3000 gives it a little more acceleration and hauling capacity over the B-2500. It still feels a little underpowered compared to the average pickup truck, but it proves powerful enough for most drivers. The acceleration seems a little subpar, especially while loaded, but not much more than other pickup trucks in this price range.

The superior handling of the B-2500 still remains in the 1999 Mazda B-3000. It does not handle as well as a sedan, but feels a little more maneuverable than most trucks. Overall, it offers solid handling.

Safety

The 1999 Mazda B-3000 includes the same safety features as the rest of the B-Series pickup trucks. All models offer dual front airbags as a standard feature. Anti-lock brakes enhance the rear-wheels, which gives a significant improvement over power brakes with emergency stopping. If the front brakes lock up, the rear brakes still function well enough to slow down the truck.

EPA Fuel Economy

Mazda B-3000 four-speed automatic: 15/20 mpg city/highway
Mazda B-3000 five-speed manual: 16/21 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Moderate power increase over Mazda B-2500
  • Better fuel economy than most trucks
  • Relatively low price tag

You Won't Like

  • Worse fuel economy than Mazda B-2500
  • Still underpowered compared to most pickup trucks
  • Mazda B-2500 or B-4000 suit some drivers better

Sum Up

A compromise between its older and younger siblings.

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