(2005 model shown)
Mazda's sturdy compact pickup truck line shares platforms and powertrains with the Ford Ranger, though it comes with its own styling touches. The B-Series is offered in three versions, with each coming powered by a different engine. The base B2300 includes a 143-horsepower 2.3-liter four-cylinder, while the B3000 is fitted with a 3.0-liter V-6 that, while it produces just four more horsepower at 147, does so with 179 lb-ft of torque for better low-end muscle. Meanwhile, the top B4000 tops the line its 4.0-liter V-6 that generates 207 horsepower and 238 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed-manual transmission is standard across the line, with a five-speed automatic optional. Towing capacities range from 1600 to 5580 pounds. Both rear- and four-wheel-drive versions are available, with regular and extended Cab Plus body styles, and in base, DE, and SE trim levels. The line sees fewer packaging combinations for 2006, otherwise few changes.