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1999 Mazda B-4000

  • 1999 Mazda B-4000 Base Regular Cab Pickup

    Base Regular Cab Pickup

    • MAX MPG
      22
    • SEATS
      3
    • HP/TORQUE
      160/225
    • ENGINE
      4.0L V6
    • MSRP
      $16,560
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1999 Mazda B-4000 Review

Provides the muscle that the rest of the B-Series lacks.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The Mazda B-Series mostly consists of models that trade off power for a low price tag and above average fuel economy. These trucks best suit hauling bulky and light cargo around. While this combination of attributes is not typically why most drivers would by a pickup truck, it serves a unique niche and can be very useful in the right situation.

The 1999 Mazda B-4000 changes the balance of features slightly, resulting in a more broadly appealing vehicle. The four-liter, six-cylinder engine gives the B-4000 enough power to compete with other trucks in its price range. As a result, it hauls the types of loads that the B-2500 and B-3000 struggle with. This results in a truck that can handle the needs more typically found among pickup drivers.

However, despite the extra power, the Mazda B-4000 still retains the same strengths as the rest of the B-Series. The handling feels very good compared to most pickup trucks in the same price range. The fuel economy also remains competitive with the other B-Series models. In fact, the B-4000 shows little drop in fuel efficiency from the B-3000. The price tag also seems low compared to many pickup trucks. The Mazda B-4000 provides a good combination of value and power that should satisfy most drivers looking for a light pickup truck.

The Range

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

What's New

Beyond some changes to the optional package offering, the 1999 Mazda B-4000 does not receive any alterations to the standard features. However, a couple of new features join the list of options. All B-Series trucks now offer an optional four-door cab. A frame-mounted hitch receiver provides an optional feature on six-cylinder models.

Exterior

The 1999 Mazda B-4000 looks identical to the B-2500 and B-3000 in overall appearance. The body design combines the rugged, utilitarian pickup aesthetic with some minor graceful styling. Since most pickup trucks focus more on performance than looks, the B-4000 actually looks better than many higher-priced trucks. Optional equipment includes power windows, power locks, and power mirrors.

Interior

Power steering, a CD player, and air-conditioning comprise the list of standard features on all 1999 Mazda B-4000s. While a little on the utilitarian side, cruise control can be added as an option to bring the B-4000 in line with most passenger vehicles.

Performance & Handling

The four-liter, six-cylinder engine marks the distinguishing feature of the 1999 Mazda B-4000. While the rest of the B-Series seems fairly underpowered compared to most pickup trucks, the B-4000 offers enough power to compete. It still feels a little weaker than average, but not by much. As a result, the B-4000 has fairly decent acceleration, even when partially loaded.

The handling of the B-4000 remains identical to the rest of the Mazda B-Series. The B-4000 feels a little more maneuverable than most trucks, but does not quite compete with smaller vehicles. Given the low price range, the B-4000 looks impressive.

Safety

As with the rest of the Mazda B-Series, all B-4000s include dual front airbags as a standard feature. The rear wheels features anti-lock brakes. While not quite as efficient as a four-wheel anti-lock brake system, the stopping ability of the B-4000 improves significantly with this feature. If the front brakes lock up during an emergency, the rear anti-lock brakes should either help stop the vehicle or slow it down enough to reduce the damage in the event of a crash.

EPA Fuel Economy

Mazda B-4000 four-speed automatic: 15/20 mpg city/highway
Mazda B-4000 five-speed manual: 16/20 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Most powerful truck in the Mazda B-Series
  • Better fuel economy than most trucks
  • Fairly low price tag compared to competitors
  • More power than the B-3000 with little compromise

You Won't Like

    Underpowered compared to most pickup trucks

Sum Up

Provides the muscle that the rest of the B-Series lacks.

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