2008 Mazda B-Series Truck vs. Its Competition

2008 Mazda B-Series Truck 2WD Reg Cab Man Side Exterior View
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The Ford Ranger is a near-identical twin of the 2008 Mazda B-Series, but it offers more trim versions, an off-road package, and an intermediate 3.0-liter V-6 that used to have E85-burning capability.

The GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado are newer trucks that don't offer much better crash-test performance or styling, but their five-cylinder engines are more powerful than the Mazda's big V-6.

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Quick Specs
The 2008 Mazda B-Series is an inexpensive, fuel-saving alternative to big pickups, but it feels every bit of its advanced age.
The new available V-8 engine is a long time coming and helps position the Colorado as a worthy rival to the most capable compacts and an alternative to full-size trucks.
With the addition of the new V-8 option, the 2009 GMC Canyon goes from unappealing to quite competitive.
The 2008 Ford Ranger’s best, highest use is as an inexpensive work truck or off-road play toy. Anything else exposes the flaws in its seating, its fuel economy, its available features and in its performance.
MSRP From   
Gas Mileage   
14 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas 4-CylGas I4Gas I4
EPA Class   
Style Name   
2WD Reg Cab Automatic2WD Reg Cab 111.2" Work Truck2WD Reg Cab 111.2" Work Truck2WD Reg Cab 112" XL
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
Reg CabRegular CabRegular CabReg Cab 6' Styleside
AutomaticManual w/ODManual w/ODManual