When it comes
to compact pickup trucks, more equipment is better. This is true
of Mazda's rugged B-Series truck line for 2000. Mazda has added
more equipment to the B-Series lineup from top to bottom.
The 2000 Mazda
B-Series is available in three cab configurations - regular cab,
two-door extended Cab Plus and four-door extended Cab Plus 4. There
are three trim levels - economical SX, upgraded SE and the "take-no-prisoners"
extreme look of the Troy Lee Edition. Three models are available,
from the four-cylinder B2500 to the V6-powered B3000 to the high-torque
V6-powered B4000. Buyers of V6 models also can choose between two-wheel
drive and four-wheel drive. In all, there are 13 B-Series models
to choose from.
Among the changes
for 2000, larger P225/70 R 15 tires are now standard on all SX models,
air conditioning and floor mats are standard on all SE and Troy
Lee Edition models, fog lights are standard on all 4x4 models, a
heavy-duty payload package is standard on B3000 and B4000 Cab Plus
models and a 6,000-pound trailer hitch is standard on B4000 4x4
The B2500 models
are powered by a 119-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine,
mated to either a five-speed manual or optional four-speed automatic
transmission. When equipped with returnless fuel system and automatic
transmission, the B2500 models qualify as aLow Emission Vehicle.
The B3000 is
powered by a 150-horsepower 3.0-liter V6 engine and can be mated
to a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. The
B3000 is a Flexible Fuel Vehicle (FFV), capable of using either
regular unleaded gasoline or E85 (85% ethanol, 15% gasoline). The
Mazda B3000 is the first FFV import-brand pickup in the United States.
B4000 models feature a 160-horsepower 4.0-liter V6 with 220 foot-pounds
of trailer-towing, cargo-hauling torque. A five-speed automatic
transmission is standard on the B4000 4x2 and optional on the B4000
models feature an AM/FM/CD audio system, air conditioning, chrome
grille, alloy wheels and floor mats. An anti-theft system is
standard on V6-powered SE models. The Mazda B3000 Troy Lee Edition
offers the aggressive "take no prisoners" look and ground clearance
of four-wheel drive in a 4x2. With a
are on option on the Cab Plus Model
front and rear skid plates, rear-wheel ABS, fog lights, fender flares,
bedliner, 16-inch wheels designed by Troy Lee and extra large tires,
the Troy Lee Edition B3000 handles rough terrain like a motocross
bike. Troy Lee is a leading-edge graphic designer with a passion
for extreme sports. His company, Troy Lee Designs has created painted
helmets, speed equipment, and other apparel for extreme-sports enthusiasts
for over 17 years.
Troy Lee Edition
models feature reflective body-side flame graphics, "Dual Sport"
tailgate logo and the Troy Lee Designsâ signature logo on the exterior
and gray two-tone seats with silver accent piping, leather-wrapped
steering wheel, gray two-tone door panels with a monogrammed Troy
Lee Designsâ signature logo and carbon fiber-look trim on the instrument
panel and door panels.
The Troy Lee
Edition of the top-of-the-line, 4.0-liter Mazda B4000 Cab Plus 4
4x4 is for those enthusiasts who get the urge to leave the road
for rugged terrain or rocky backcountry in style. This model receives
leather seats, four-wheel drive, front and rear skid plates, custom
16-inch wheels, fog lights, and a trailer hitch with 6,000 lbs.
of towing capacity (A/T) -- more than the competition.
trucks feature an independent, double-wishbone front suspension
and a live-axle rear suspension with leaf springs. A front stabilizer
bar is standard on all models and 4x4 models also receive a rear
stabilizer bar. Steering is power-assisted rack-and-pinion, and
the brakes are front ventilated disc and rear drums. Four-wheel
ABS brakes are available on B4000 4x4 models.
air bags are standard on all B-Series trucks. 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 2000 Mazda
B-Series trucks are covered by a comprehensive three-year/50,000-mile
warranty that covers every part on the vehicle except those subject
to normal wear. In addition, the B-Series are covered by a five-year/unlimited-mileage