1996 Mazda B-4000

  • 1996 Mazda B-4000 Base Extended Cab Pickup

    Base Extended Cab Pickup

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1996 Mazda B-4000 Review

A solid compact truck with something for everyone.

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The 1996 Mazda B-4000 is a pickup available in a variety of two- and four-wheel drive models and is a compact-size truck that was built in New Jersey. One of the attractions is its ability to serve as either a work truck or for personal uses such as running errands or simply driving for fun. Drivers get the satisfaction of exceptional performance, along with the pleasure of having a truck that handles like a car. Passengers enjoy a comfortable ride with adequate room to maneuver. A host of convenience features and rock-solid safety ratings adds to the appeal, making it a all-around solid truck.

The Range

Body Styles: pickup
Engines: 4.0-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Mazda B-4000 SE Regular Cab, Mazda B-4000 SE Extended Cab, Mazda B-4000 LE Extended Cab

What's New

The 1996 Mazda B-4000 gets a passenger-side airbag, which may be deactivated when a rear facing child car seat is installed. The SE also receives new chrome bumpers.


The 1996 Mazda B-4000 regular cab models have approximately a 185-inch length, 69-inch width, 68-inch height, and 108-inch wheelbase. Extended cab models add about 18 inches to both the length and wheelbase. Different size beds are offered, which also has an effect on the dimensions. It has a uniquely stylish design, using chrome on the side of the cab to create a distinctive appearance. It also features chrome front and rear bumpers, chrome trim on the bumpers, around its side windows, and on its rear, externally-adjustable black door mirrors, conventional lens halogen bulb single headlights, a straight side pickup bed, a chrome rear platform step, a sliding rear window, and privacy tinted glass. Optional features include power door mirrors, a bed liner, and a camper/towing package. It has a curb weight of approximately 3550 pounds and sits on 15-inch steel or alloy wheels.


The 1996 Mazda B-4000 regular cab is roomy enough to fit two or three passengers, while extended cab models can accommodate five passengers. In the front, there is a split cloth bench seat with head restraints. A fold-down center armrest may be used when there are only two passengers. A console containing a storage box and cup holders sits on the floor, and there are pockets in the doors and bins on the seats for easy storage. The dash contains gauges that are logically arranged for clear readability and control conveniently placed for easy use. Extended cab models have two one-piece jump seats in the rear. It features front reading lights, a lockable illuminated glove compartment, and an AM/FM stereo with a cassette player included. Optional features include leather steering wheel trim, power windows and locks, and a CD player.

Performance & Handling

The 1996 Mazda B-4000 comes packed with a four-liter six-cylinder engine that pumps out 160 horsepower and 220 lb-ft of torque. It's mated with either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. Acceleration is smooth and relatively strong, allowing for good pickup speed and the ability to pass easily on the highway. Payload ranges from 1250 to 1450 pounds, while towing capacity is between 3600 and 5600 pounds.

The 1996 Mazda B-4000 is built with an independent beam front suspension with a stabilizer bar and coil springs teamed with a semi-independent beam rear suspension with leaf springs. Ride and handling is firm and relatively smooth. Steering has a good feel, allowing for adequate control. Models equipped with four-wheel drive are able to tackle off-road conditions easily.


The 1996 Mazda B-4000 is equipped with anti-lock brakes on two or all four wheels, and driver and front passenger front-impact airbags are installed. An anti-theft alarm system, which provides increased security, is optional.

EPA Fuel Economy

Mazda B-4000: 16/21 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Built tough
  • Strong performance
  • Payload capacity

You Won't Like

  • Passenger room
  • Below average fuel economy

Sum Up

A solid compact truck with something for everyone.

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