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1998 Mazda B-4000 Review
A small pickup with a large engine.
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The 1998 Mazda B-4000 is a two- or four-wheel drive pickup, modeled after the Ford Ranger, available as only an extended cab model. This is the year Mazda sought to differentiate the B-4000 even further, especially in terms of styling. Drivers get the satisfaction of having a truck with power to sustain heavy workloads and handle all terrain with confidence. Passengers enjoy a comfortable ride with plenty of room. Convenience and standard safety features add even more appeal, leaving critics with little to complain about.
Engines: 4.0-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Mazda B-4000 SE Extended Cab
The 1998 Mazda B-4000 gets a few a few notable improvements. Fresh exterior styling, highlighted by wider headlights and a larger front grille, was implemented in order to give the truck a more unique look. The interior of the regular cab model is enlarged to provide more room for passengers. A new four-wheel-drive system has been added to improve overall driving experience.
The 1998 Mazda B-4000 has approximately a 188-inch length, 70-inch width, 68-inch height, and 112-inch wheelbase. The extended cab model is 14 inches longer. The B-4000 features trailer towing preparation, chrome front and rear bumpers, a large chrome grille, externally-adjustable door mirrors, a rear platform step, a solar-reflective windshield, and tinted glass on its cabin, rear, and side. Power door mirrors, two-tone paint, and a bed liner are optional. The truck weighs 3237 pounds and sits on 14-inch wheels.
The 1998 Mazda B-4000 extended cab is roomy enough to accommodate five passengers. In the front, there is a 60/40 split cloth bench seat with driver and front passenger height-adjustable headrests and a fold-down armrest in the center. On the floor, there is a console that includes a storage box and two cup holders. There are pockets in the doors and bins on the seats for easy storage. The dash contains large gauges that are logically-arranged for clear readability, conveniently-located controls, and a partial console. The B3000 features front reading lights, a passenger vanity mirror, a ventilation system with four fan speeds, and an AM/FM stereo with four speakers. A leather-wrapped steering wheel, power windows and locks, and a CD player are optional.
Performance & Handling
The 1998 Mazda B-4000 comes packed with a four-liter six-cylinder engine that produces 160 horsepower and 225 lb-ft of torque. It is mated with either a four-speed automatic or five-speed manual transmission. The result is decent power and smooth acceleration. Maximum towing capacity is approximately 5900 pounds.
The 1998 Mazda B-4000 is built with an independent wishbone front suspension with a stabilizer bar and coil springs teamed with a rigid beam rear suspension with a stabilizer bar and leaf springs. A new rack-and-pinion steering system enables predictable response and precise control. Engaging four-wheel drive, accomplished by twisting a knob on the dashboard, enables easy off roading and improved handling on slippery road conditions.
The 1998 Mazda B-4000 is equipped with rear-wheel anti-lock brakes. A four-wheel ABS system is optional. There are driver and front passenger front-impact airbags installed. The IIHS gives the B-4000 an acceptable frontal offset crash test rating.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Built tough
- Good handling
You Won't Like
- Absence of third door
- Poor fuel economy
A small pickup with a large engine.
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