PUTC Buyer's Guide: 2002 Mazda Truck

 



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Price:
$12,655* (4x2 B2300 SX Regular Cab)
$17,705* (4x2 B3000 Cab Plus 2 door)
$19,500* (4x2 B3000 Cab Plus 4 door)
$20,190* (4x4
B3000 Cab Plus 2 door)
$22,245* (4x4
B3000 Cab Plus 4 door)
Add $585 destination charge.
*Prices are base prices.

Engines:
Three engines are available for the Mazda Truck

2.3L DOHC I-4 with sequential multi-port electronic fuel injection
135hp @ 5050 rpm
153ft-lbs. @ 3750 rpm

3.0L OHV V-6 with sequential multi-port electronic fuel injection
147hp @ 5050 rpm
179hp @ 3750 rpm

4.0L SOHC V-6 with sequential multi-port electronic fuel injection
207hp @ 5250 rpm
238hp @ 3000 rpm

Transmissions:
Two transmission choices exist for the Mazda Truck Lineup:

- Five-speed manual with overdrive

- Five-speed automatic with overdrive

Fuel Economy (City/Highway):
2.3-liter: (21/25) auto 4x2
2.3-liter: (24/28) manual 4x2
3.0-liter: (17/22) auto 4x2
3.0-liter: (19/22) manual 4x2
4.0-liter: (17/21) auto 4x2

3.0-liter: (16/19) auto 4x4
3.0-liter: (18/21) manual 4x4
4.0-liter: (15/18) auto 4x4
4.0-liter: (16/19) manual 4x4

Competitors:
Ford Explorer Sport Trac
Ford Ranger
Dodge Dakota
GMC Sonoma
Nissan Frontier
Toyota Tacoma

 

 

 

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Overview:
Mazda adds an optional off-road package to its 2002 Mazda Truck, which is sure to tempt enthusiasts to test its off- and on-road prowess - from the dusty roads of Baja to the highways of the Midwest.

Following a full freshening in 2001 - where the B-Series received its largest horsepower upgrade ever - the freshening continues in 2002 with even more features, including new name, color offerings and sporty add-ons.

For 2002, the Mazda Truck gets a beefy, off-road look with the addition of its Off Road package. This outdoor-lovers package includes 15-inch "teardrop" alloy wheels with 31x10.50R15 BFGoodrich tires, AM/FM/CD/MP3, bucket seats with full-length center console, auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass and outside-temperature display, side steps and tie-down rails on tops of bed sides.

All Mazda Truck 4x4 models feature 16-inch wheels and an easy-to-use four-wheel-drive system that gives them sure-footed traction on slippery roads or trails. The newly offered SE-5 package includes styled steel wheels, AM/FM/CD, air conditioning, cloth seats and carpet floor and mats.

Ladder-frame construction, with fully boxed frame rails from the front end to the back of the cab, produces a rugged platform for the Mazda Truck, which rides on an independent, double-wishbone front suspension with a stabilizer bar and a live-axle rear suspension with leaf springs.

All Mazda Truck models come with four-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), tachometer, sliding rear window, anti-theft immobilizer, spare tire lock and dual de-powered air bags standard. Mazda also was the first import brand truck to offer a key-operated passenger-side air bag deactivation switch, which allows the driver to disconnect the air bag when transporting children.

The 2002 Mazda Truck is available in seven colors on all models. Five monochromatic colors are offered on Dual Sport and 4x4 models. Front bumper caps and door handles are now color matched on all monochromatic vehicles.

Exterior Design:
Three trim levels are available for the 2002 Mazda Truck, including Base, Dual Sport and 4x4 models. In addition, Mazda Truck buyers have a choice of regular cab, two-door extended Cab Plus and four-door Cab Plus 4.

The Dual Sport model features monochromatic front and rear bumpers, fender flares, front grille surround and lower front fascia, 15-inch alloy wheels as well as a raised suspension, for the look and ground clearance of a 4x4. The Dual Sport takes it name from a type of motorcycle that is equally suited for on-road or off-road use.

Interior Design:
There are no significant interior changes for 2002.

Powertrain:
Mazda continues to offer three engine choices with the 2002 Mazda Truck. The top-of-the-line B4000 reigns as one of the most powerful compact trucks on the market, thanks to its 207-horsepower, 4.0-liter DOHC V6 engine. With 238 lb-ft of torque, a standard limited-slip differential, Class III trailer hitch and the only available five-speed automatic transmission in the import-brand compact class, the B4000 boasts a towing capacity of nearly 5,900 lbs - more than enough to handle a ski boat or camper.

The B3000 is powered by a 147-horsepower, 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine and boasts 179 lb-ft of torque. Mazda's B2300, powered by a 135-horsepower, 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine, offers superb power to the entry-level truck buyers.