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2006 Mazda B-4000

  • 2006 Mazda B-4000 Cab Plus Extended Cab Pickup

    Cab Plus Extended Cab Pickup

    • MAX MPG
      N/A
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      207/238
    • ENGINE
      4.0L V6
    • MSRP
      $21,895
  • 2006 Mazda B-4000 Cab Plus SE Extended Cab Pickup

    Cab Plus SE Extended Cab Pickup

    • MAX MPG
      19
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      207/238
    • ENGINE
      4.0L V6
    • MSRP
      $26,440
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2006 Mazda B-4000 Review

Lags behind the competition with very basic features.

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Overview

The Mazda truck B-series platform has been around since the early 1990s. At the time, it was a great platform to build on; so great that Ford Trucks used the B-series blueprint up until the release of its Ford Ranger model. Then the tables turned and Mazda, with an ageing B-series platform, is now borrowing all sorts of mechanics and underpinnings from the Ford brand.

There are three B-series pickup models offered by Mazda: the B2300, B3000, and B4000. The base model is the B2300, which is only offered as a regular cab vehicle with an inline-four engine. The B4000 is the top of the model. It has the most powerful engine in the B-series line, a four-liter V-6. It is also the only standard four-wheel drive of the entire line.

The Range

Body Styles: Pickup truck
Engines: 4.0-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed manual transmission, six-speed automatic transmission
Models: B4000, B4000 SE

What's New

The B-series hasn’t been updated since the pickup’s last refresh in 1998. The mechanics and standard features of all the vehicles in the line feel aged. The B-series lags far behind other vehicles on the market.

Exterior

The 2006 Mazda B4000 comes in two different styles: the standard B4000 and B4000 SE. Both have four doors and a six-foot bed. The SE’s main difference is its capabilities and styling. The SE gains a chrome grille, chrome bumpers, and a skid plate for off-road driving. This is the only vehicle in the line that gains the skid plate for the B-series capable off-road abilities. The standard B4000 has 15-inch steel wheels, but the SE gains 16-inch alloy wheels.

Other exterior standards include fog lamps and power windows.

Interior

The 2006 Mazda B4000 is the only vehicle in the B-series line that gets anything close to the standard features that buyers might see in base vehicles from the competition. Even the top-of-the-line 2006 Mazda B4000 SE lacks the standard creature comforts.

The interior is rather cozy, but legroom is sparse. The front bench will fit three passengers while the rear seats aren’t comfortable for adult passengers. The back seats do fold, giving the passengers a bit of extra cargo space if they require it.

Included as standard features are a 60/40 split front bench, power mirrors, and other power accessories on the SE such as, cruise control, tilt adjustable steering, and a CD player with two speakers.

Performance & Handling

The 2006 Mazda B4000 steps it up a notch with its four-liter, V-6 engine. The V-6 will pump out 207 horsepower with 238 lb-ft of torque. This is paired with a five-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic and is available in four-wheel drive only.

The 2006 Mazda B4000 isn’t as compact as the B2300 or the B3000 Dual Sport, so driving and parking in the city is a bit difficult. The underpinnings of the vehicle, especially the struts and spring suspension, make for a very bumpy ride. The 2006 Mazda B4000 does handle well off-road, so if that’s a desire, it is best to opt for the 2006 Mazda B4000 SE with the standard skid plates.

Fuel economy is the worst in the line.

Safety

Both 2006 Mazda B4000 models are fitted with very little safety equipment. Standard features include four-wheel anti-lock brakes, ventilated front disc brakes, rear drum brakes, two integrated front headrests, passenger airbag deactivation switch, front seatbelt pre-tensioner, an engine immobilizer, and electronic brake force distribution.

Crash ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) for all of the B-series vehicles show different views regarding the vehicle’s safety. The NHTSA gave all versions of the 2006 Mazda B4000, including the Cab Plus 4, four stars out of five for the driver and passenger, and five stars for front-side impact. The IIHS gives the B4000 a ""poor"" rating, its worst, for front offset impact as well as rear crash and head protection. Unlike the other models in the line, the 2006 Mazda B4000 was tested for rollover and received only two stars from the NHTSA.

EPA Fuel Economy

B4000: 14/18 mpg city/highway
B4000 SE: 14/18 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Better maneuverability
  • Tough working truck
  • Inexpensive

You Won't Like

  • Lack of standard features
  • Lack of optional features
  • Dated platform and mechanics
  • Choppy ride
  • Backs seats on Cab Plus 4 are pretty much worthless
  • Poor safety ratings
  • Terrible gas mileage

Sum Up

Lags behind the competition with very basic features.

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