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2002 Mazda B-4000 Review
Smart styling on a great truck.
Reviewed by Automotive on
The 2002 Mazda B-4000 is a midsize pickup truck for those looking for a real truck without all the bravado of a full-size. It sure fits the bill. This tiny truck packs a mean punch and a lot of style into its frame. Although the extended cab is a bit small for adult passengers, and the body and engine selection is a bit thin, there is a lot to love about it.
Engines: 4.0-liter V-6 engine
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Mazda B-4000, Mazda B-4000 Dual Sport
The 2002 Mazda B-4000 now has standard slide rear windows. The SE and SX stickers are dropped as well, making the beds a little more stylish. An off-road package is available for the four-wheel drive models as well. The Convenience package now includes a bed liner. The Mazda B-Series name is dropped for 2002.
The 2002 Mazda B-4000 is available in two-door and four-door extended cab models. The four-door extended cab model is only available on the B-4000 model, not the lower B-3000 or B-2300. This makes it one of the most desirable models in the line since it provides greater access for rear passengers. A Dual Sport Edition is available and has a raised suspension, giving it a tougher, more aggressive work vehicle look. In fact, consumers can’t go wrong with the exterior styling. All models have a sleek appearance without a lot of extra cash.
The 2002 Mazda B-4000 is pretty comfortable for a truck. In fact, the interior is quite plush in comparison to other pickup trucks on the market. It isn’t available in the regular cab, only the extended cab option. Although the extended cab offers extra seats in the back, these are small and unable to seat adults comfortably. The best option available is the four-door extended cab option called the Plus Cab Four. This four-door model provides a larger access area for passengers sitting in the rear jump seats. The seats are also side-facing on these models, making them a bit more comfortable for adult passengers. Standard features include a front console with storage, front cup holders, front and rear door pockets, manual rear seat entry, speed-proportional power steering, 12-volt power outlets, air-conditioning, cargo light, front reading lights, passenger vanity mirrors, clock, tachometer, low fuel warning light, four speakers, and an AM/FM stereo.
Performance & Handling
The Mazda B-4000 comes equipped with one engine size, a 4.0-liter V-6 that produces 207 horsepower at 5250 rpm and 238 lb-ft of torque at 3000 rpm. This engine is available with a five-speed automatic transmission. While the smaller vehicles in the line can handle most workloads, the best by far is the B-4000. It is meant for heavy work, able to haul up to 5900 pounds when properly equipped. On the road, it is a fairly stable ride, especially for a truck. While it isn’t going to give you sedan quality feel on the open road, it is capable of a comfortable ride you’re not likely to find on most pickup trucks. A four-wheel option also gives drivers the ability to shift on the fly and take it off-road if need be. The best thing about the four-wheel drive is that drivers can engage it at up to 70 mph, meaning they’ll never be caught by surprise.
The 2002 Mazda B-4000 comes equipped with four-wheel anti-lock brakes, child seat anchors, ventilated front disc brakes, rear drum brakes, engine immobilizer, two front headrests, passenger airbag deactivation switch, front center lap belt, front seatbelt pretensioners, and electronic brake force distribution. The NHTSA gave four out of five stars for passenger and driver safety. It also received five out of five stars for side impact to the front. However, the pickup only received three out of five stars for rollover. The IIHS gave it a score of ""acceptable,"" its second best, for frontal offset crash tests.
EPA Fuel Economy
Mazda B-4000 two-wheel drive five-speed automatic: 15/20 mpg city/highway
Mazda B-4000 four-wheel drive five-speed manual: 14/18 mpg city/highway
Mazda B-4000 four-wheel drive five-speed automatic: 13/17 mpg city/highway
- Great V-6 engine
- Amazing interior
- Exterior styling is smooth
You Won't Like
- Lacking room in extended cab
- Lack of selection
Smart styling on a great truck.
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