Mazda B-Series 4WD Truck

The Mazda B2300 features a 143-horsepower, 2.3L four-cylinder engine paired with either a five-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission for 2007. Next up is the B3000, with a 154-horsepower, 3.0L V6, which has 180 lb-ft of torque and makes it a better choice for heavier hauling. And finally, for more towing or hauling there's the B4000, with a 4.0L V6 making 207 horsepower and 238 lb-ft of torque. The B4000 also comes with a limited-slip rear differential. All three engines can be paired with either a five-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission.

With the three models and two cab configurations--regular cab, or the four-seat Cab Plus--the B-Series suits a wide range of uses. The B2300 is especially frugal, with mileage ratings of 24 city, 29 highway, while the B4000 can tow up to 5,600 pounds when properly equipped--enough for jet skis or a small pop-up camper. The B2300 is only available as a regular cab, the B3000 can be had as either a regular cab or Cab Plus, and the B4000 only comes in Cab Plus form.

B4000 models offer an available part-time four-wheel-drive system. The system has shift-on-the-fly capability from a button on the dash, and it comes with a low range as well for especially low traction situations such as mud.

The B-Series has a couple of different suspensions arrangements, depending on the model. B2300 models have coil springs in front and leaf springs in back, but B3000 Dual Sport and B4000 models get torsion bars in front and an additional rear stabilizer bar in back. Four-wheel anti-lock brakes are standard across the model line.

Dual Sport models are differentiated by a more aggressive look, with flared wheel arches and a raised suspension. Top of-the-line B4000 SE models get larger, 16-inch wheels and a chrome grille.

Base models come equipped very simply, with manual windows and locks, and a basic two-speaker AM/FM receiver. Dual Sport and SE models add popular convenience equipment like power windows and locks, a four-speaker CD sound system, fog lamps, and a bed liner.

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