Always Reliable: The Mazda B-Series


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The B-Series was dumped from Mazda’s line-up in 2009, but this classic pickup continues to endure. Known for their reliability, strong performance, and affordability, there are several reasons to choose a used B-Series over a modern truck when crusing around Arlington, Texas.

Appealing Compact Design

When many pickups were getting larger and larger, the Mazda B-Series remained a true compact. Even when Mazda collaborated with Ford from 1994 to reduce manufacturing costs, this vehicle never lost its identity. This

meant B-Series drivers enjoyed the best of both worlds. These pickups are large enough for carrying a load or hosting a tailgating party, but they are also easy to maneuver into parking spaces and gaps in traffic. For even more space, try to track down one of the B-Series available with an extended cab.

A Variety of Engine Options

Most Mazda B-Series you’ll find in used car dealerships are from the final generation, manufactured between 2001 and 2009. During this period there were three B-Series to choose from: the B2300, B3000, and B4000. The B2300 has a 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 142 horsepower. The B3000 has a 3.0-liter V6 motor that generates 148 horsepower. That might seem like a meager increase, but the broader torque range boosts usable power, making it seem much mightier. Finally the B4000 has a beefy 4.0-liter V6 engine that makes 207 horsepower.
The B2300 was only available in two-wheel drive. Initially the B3000 was available in a four-wheel drive version, but by 2003 only the B4000 had a four-wheel drive option.

Great Features For The Time

It would be unfair to compare the B-Series to modern pickup trucks. Safety features that we take for granted like stability control and side curtain airbags simply weren’t available, but that’s not unusual for cars made during this period. However, antilock brakes were standard in all the fourth-generation B-Series trucks. There were also some great optional extras with various trim levels you wouldn’t expect in pickups of this vintage, like fog lights, keyless entry, cruise control, and alloy wheels.

Reasonable Fuel Economy For a Used Pickup

While a vehicle from the turn of the century will never be as fuel-efficient as a motorcar made today, the B-Series’ compact size helped it outperform many other pickups sold at the time. The automatic B2300 gets 18 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the open road.The automatic two-wheel drive B3000 gets 15 mpg on city streets and 20 mpg on the highway. This is marginally better than the four-wheel drive, which gets 14 mpg around town and 17 mpg while highway driving.
The automatic two-wheel drive B4000 is just as fuel-efficient as the comparable B3000. The ratings for the four-wheel drive version are also very similar, with this pick-up getting 13 mpg in the city and 17 mpg on drives around the Texas countryside.B-Series trucks may not have all the modern conveniences that contemporary pick-ups do, but with so many of the qualities that count they make excellent choices for people looking to save money on their next truck purchase.



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