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2000 Mazda B-3000

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2000 Mazda B-3000 Review

Great clone of a Ford, better styling.

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Overview

The 2000 Mazda B3000 serves as a pickup for those who want full-size pickup truck functionality, but something with a bit less weight and size. Fortunately, the Mazda B3000 remains the mechanical twin of the Ford Ranger. Mechanics on the Mazda B3000 prove rock solid and reliable–two things you definitely want from a truck.

Even better, the Mazda B3000 has different styling than the Ford Ranger. It offers many configurations to choose from, meaning you can find the truck for your specific needs. If you want a good pickup, the Mazda B3000 marks your best choice.

The Range

Body Styles: pickup truck
Engines: 3.0-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Mazda B3000 Extended Cab SE, Mazda B3000 Extended Cab TL, Mazda B3000 Regular Cab SX, Mazda B3000 Regular Cab SE

What's New

The 2000 Mazda B3000 has two new regular-cab models available: the SX and the SE. Fog lights come standard on all four-wheel-drive models. The SX gets P225/70R15 tires. Air-conditioning comes standard on the SE and Troy Lee Edition. The Troy Lee Edition also receives a standard leather-trimmed steering wheel.

Exterior

The Mazda B3000 pickup truck has one big thing going for it: all the different configurations offered. The 2000 Mazda B3000 has several different cab tapes, including a regular cab and an extended cab. These models come with several different trims offering a slew of external features.

The base extended cab Mazda B3000 includes 15-inch alloy wheels, a bed liner, intermittent windshield wipers, power brakes, and a chrome step bumper. The B3000 offers either two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. Optional features on the extended cab include power windows, power door locks, power exterior mirrors, and a manual horizontal-sliding rear window.

Interior

The 2000 Mazda B3000 comes in a lot of different configurations depending on your needs. The four-door extended cab version gives you some extra room inside. The extended cab comes with two rear seats, side facing, which give you some extra passenger space. However, the seats feel pretty small, making them pretty uncomfortable for adult passengers. However, they seem great for children or if you need and extra shelf for cargo. Also, the seats fold away if you need extra room in the cabin.

The rest of the B3000 interior looks clean and simple. The B3000 has the extra option of ordering convenience packages that make the interior a very comfortable place to be indeed.

Standard features on the 2000 Mazda B3000 extended pickup include a lighted entry system, jump seats in the rear, a tachometer, driver and passenger airbags, an anti-theft alarm system, cloth seating, a front split-bench seat, power steering, air-conditioning, and an AM/FM/CD audio system. Optional features include a keyless entry system, cruise control, and a tilt steering wheel.

The Troy Lee Limited Edition includes two-tone leather seating, fake carbon-fiber interior trim, glow-in-the-dark decals, and other terribly ugly features. Avoid this model at all costs.

Performance & Handling

The Mazda B3000 comes equipped with a three-liter V-6 that produces 150 horsepower with 185 lb-ft of torque. The engine pairs with a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission. The B3000 seems pretty good at carrying heavy loads, but if you want a major hauler you should look for the B4000.

On the road the B3000 offers a comfortable, smooth ride. Don’t expect the ride you’d get from a sedan, but the 2000 Mazda B3000 is as comfortable as a truck can get. Adding four-wheel drive to the B3000 gives you some great off-road capabilities. A shift on the fly allows the driver to engage four-wheel drive even when driving at speeds of up to 70 mph. This works great if you find yourself pulling a load and needing more power.

Safety

The 2000 Mazda B3000 comes equipped with driver and passenger front airbags and rear-wheel anti-lock brakes. The NHTSA gives the Mazda B3000 four out of four stars for passenger, driver, and front side-impacts. The IIHS awards the Mazda B3000 an overall score of “Acceptable,? its second best, for crash tests.

EPA Fuel Economy

Mazda B3000: FFV two-wheel drive, manual: 16/21 city mpg city/highway
Mazda B3000: FFV two-wheel drive, automatic: 15/20 city mpg city/highway
Mazda B3000: FFV four-wheel drive, manual: 15/20 city mpg city/highway
Mazda B3000: FFV two-wheel drive, automatic: 14/18 city mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Great selection of configurations
  • Great styling
  • Reliability

You Won't Like

  • Useless rear seats
  • Less horsepower than competition

Sum Up

Great clone of a Ford, better styling.

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