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You'll Like The 2008 Mazda B-Series Truck If...

If you need a compact pickup that is inexpensive to own and operate, but want something a bit more stylish than the Ford Ranger, the 2008 Mazda B-Series is your best bet.

You May Not Like The 2008 Mazda B-Series Truck If...

If you need a pickup to haul heavy loads or transport four people on a regular basis, you may want to look at one of the larger mid-size or full-size V8-powered choices.

What's New

B2300 models receive upgraded shock absorbers, while the B4000 SE receives a front suspension skid plate. The B3000 has been discontinued.

Interior Features

The B-Series puts the Mazda sport treatment onto the base Ranger interior. Seats have a richer pattern and the instrument panel features white-faced gauges and a revised center stack. Cab Plus 4 models provide space behind the seats for luggage or groceries. The flip-down jump seats are best used for short trips only.

Exterior Features

To set the B-Series apart from the Ford Ranger, Mazda performs a front-end freshening, with more brightwork around the grille and headlamps and a raised "power dome" hood. The Regular Cab and extended Cab Plus 4 models feature six-foot beds with an optional fold-out bed extender.

Driving Impressions

The B-Series with four-wheel drive makes a great off-road warrior, as its high ground clearance and compliant double-wishbone front suspension allow it to move over almost any barrier. The four-wheel-drive system is easily engaged by merely pressing a button on the dash. Once engaged, the two-speed transfer case allows choosing between four-wheel high or four-wheel low. The B-Series' four-wheel-drive system is intended only for off-road use or very slippery surfaces and cannot be permanently engaged during normal driving.

Pricing Notes

The two-wheel-drive B-Series Regular Cab's Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starts around $16,000, while the four-wheel-drive Extended Cab Plus 4 starts just over $22,500. A look at the Fair Purchase Price will show you what others in your area are paying for the B-Series, so be sure to check it out before you set out to purchase. The Mazda B-Series is not a particularly high-selling vehicle, so its resale is somewhat on the low side.

Notable Equipment

The base B-Series truck includes a 143-horsepower 2.3-liter engine, a five-speed manual transmission, anti-lock brakes (ABS), two front cup holders, dual side mirrors, AM/FM stereo, cloth split-bench seat, power steering, tachometer and steel wheels.

Notable Options

Trim levels for the B-Series include the B2300 and B4000. You can order your B-Series with four-wheel drive, a five-speed automatic transmission, power windows, power locks, sliding rear window, cruise control, keyless entry, 4.0-liter V6 (SE), limited-slip rear differential, 16-inch alloy wheels and a rear tonneau cover.

Favorite Features

Sporty Interior Trim

The B-Series' sporty interior trim is in keeping with the Mazda image.

New Grille

A new grille brightens the base B-Series.

Under the Hood

The standard 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine is geared toward the economy-minded - those who use their trucks for light-duty hauling and around-town driving. With the five-speed manual, the 2.3 performs adequately, although you have to get it past 4000 rpm to feel any inspired acceleration. While we prefer the 4.0-liter V6 for its power and smoothness, it is available only with the four-wheel-drive extended Cab Plus 4 models.

2.3-liter in-line 4

143 horsepower @ 5250 rpm

154 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3750 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/26 (manual), 19/24 (automatic)

4.0-liter V6

207 horsepower @ 5250 rpm

238 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3000 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/19 (manual), 14/17 (automatic)

Editors' Notes

Although the 2008 Mazda B-Series pickup bears the Mazda nameplate, it is actually a thinly disguised Ford Ranger. As Mazda does not build trucks for the U.S. market and Ford is its parent company, the economic advantage of this arrangement should be obvious to all. Available in Regular Cab and Extended Cab Plus 4 configurations, the compact B-Series trucks compete well with the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, but are no match for the larger and more powerful trucks from Nissan, Dodge and Toyota.

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I call my car Billy. He is reliable and comfortable, but he uses to much gas.

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The car is very nice, but it uses too much gas. That is my biggest issue with it. You don't even get that many miles to the gallon so if your like me and you travel often for work this is not the car for you. Other than that, the car is fine. It is comfortable and has lots of space if you are traveling with lots of other people. This car never gives me problems! That's the greatest part it is easy to manage. It performs wonderfully and it is a smooth ride every time it just uses to much gas.

- Paula H

Basic simple good truck for everyday use.

2008 Mazda B-Series Truck

I would really prefer a louder stereo system to come standard with the truck. I like the fact that the truck is basically a Ford ranger, so its very easy to get parts.

- Scott H

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