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2005 Mazda B-3000

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2005 Mazda B-3000 Review

Average safety ratings, fuel economy ratings, and power.

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The 2005 Mazda B-3000 comes with few new features this year. The B-3000 offers a bit more than the B-2300 model. The interior and exterior features satisfy but do not impress. Safety and fuel economy ratings are average and power and handing is fair. This is a fine vehicle for those not seeking too much from their trucks.

The Range

Body Styles: cab Plus 4, regular cab
Engines: 3.0-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed manual, five-speed automatic
Models: Mazda B-3000 Base, Mazda B-3000 Dual Sport

What's New

The 2005 Mazda B-3000 Dual Sport model comes with cruise control, a leather-wrapped tilt steering wheel, bed liner, and power mirrors as standard features.


The 2005 Mazda B-3000 comes in nine colors, a black front bumper, a black rear-step bumper, a black front grille trim, black dual manual-folding mirrors, black front and rear mud flaps, clear-lens halogen headlights, solar-tinted glass, two-speed variable intermittent windshield wipers, dual rear-passenger doors, a quick-release tailgate, and tie-down loops in the cargo bed. The 15-inch steel wheels come with all-season BSW tires. The B-3000 comes with a limited-service mini spare tire.

The Dual Sport model upgrades to a body-colored front bumper, rear-step bumper, front grille, and fender flares. It has black dual power-remote mirrors, black-contoured front and rear mud flaps, foglamps, sliding rear window with privacy glass, and a bed liner. The wheels are upgraded to alloy wheels, and the tires have been upgraded to all-terrain OWL tires. The limited-service spare tire is regular-sized for the Dual Sport model.

Optional dealer-installed exterior features include a bed extender, bed liner, black or silver bed rail caps, door edge guards, folding storage box, soft tonneau cover, and black or silver side-step tubes.


The 2005 Mazda B-3000 comes with many interior features. The interior features include a 60/40-split bench seat, rear jump seats, fold-down center console with storage and armrest lid, floor console with dual cup holder, full carpeting, front carpeted floor mats, an instrument panel with a black face and silver ring gauges, remote hood release, air-conditioning, a cigarette-lighter socket, a storage bin with 12-volt power outlet, glove box, cloth-covered sun visors, and a dome light. The gauges include a tachometer, dual trip odometers, coolant temperature, and oil pressure. The warning lights include parking brake, check engine, oil pressure, battery charge, and low fuel. The two-speaker audio system is an AM/FM stereo radio with a digital clock and a fixed fender-mounted antenna.

The Dual Sport model upgrades to front all-weather floor mats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with a tilt steering column, an instrument panel with silver face and ring gauges, power windows and door locks with two-stage unlocking, remote keyless entry, cruise control with wheel-mounted controls, and an upgraded four-speaker stereo with CD player. Dealer-installed option includes an auto-dimming mirror with compass and optional thermometer.

Performance & Handling

The 2005 Mazda B-3000 comes with a three-liter, V-6 gas engine rated at 154 horsepower, which provides for 180 lb-ft of torque. The transmission is a five-speed automatic or a five-speed manual. The vehicle is rear drive, which can be problematic in harsh weather conditions such as snow. The manual transmission model’s axle ratio is 3:73. The Mazda B-3000 comes with a four-pin, trailer-tow wiring harness, independent double-wishbone front suspensions with coil springs, leaf-spring rear suspension, gas-pressurized shock absorbers, and a front stabilizer bar. The steering is power rack and pinion. The front brakes are power ventilated discs, and the rear brakes are drum brakes. The Mazda B-3000 comes with a 19.5-gallon fuel tank. The automatic transmission has an axel ratio of 4:10.

The Dual Sport models upgrade with a raised independent double-wishbone front suspension with torsion bar springs and a raised leaf-spring rear suspension.


The 2005 Mazda B-3000 earned five out of five stars in driver side-impact crash test ratings, four stars in driver and passenger front impact ratings, and three stars in its rollover rating. The Mazda B-3000 comes with driver and front passenger airbags with a front passenger deactivation switch. The front three-point seat belts have adjustable-height shoulder anchors. The B-3000 comes with rear outboard three-point seat belts and standard four-wheel ABS.

EPA Fuel Economy

Mazda B-3000: 16/21 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • More options than the B-2300
  • Nice features

You Won't Like

  • No rear drive

Sum Up

Average safety ratings, fuel economy ratings, and power.

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