2008 Mazda B-Series

2008 Mazda B-Series Review

Note: This review was created when the 2008 Mazda B-Series was new.

The B-Series is a basic hauler with good off-road abilities and low ownership costs, but can't match the interior room, standard features, and style of others in its class.

6.5

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 6.1
Performance: 6.5
Interior: 5.8
Safety: 7.2
Reliability:
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Pros & Cons

  • Sporty interior trim sets it apart from competitors
  • Good cargo space even in Regular Cab models
  • Lighter towing capacity than some competitors
  • No V8 engine offering for heavy hauling
  • Base model offers few standard interior necessities
  • Lacking in standard or optional safety equipment

2008 Mazda B-Series Overview

Our analysis determines the 2008 Mazda B-Series is a basic way to haul lighter loads on a budget. Mazda introduced the B-Series pickup truck to the United States in 1972, and most recently redesigned it in 2002. For 2008, very little has changed, though Mazda has dropped the mid-level B3000 model. The B-Series now comes in two models: the B2300 and B4000. The B2300 comes only as a two-door Regular Cab, while the B4000 comes only as a four-door Cab Plus. There are also three trim levels -- the base, Dual Sport and SE -- which vary by model. The B2300 comes in rear-wheel drive, while the B4000 comes with four-wheel drive.

The B-Series is almost identical to its platform mate, the Ford Ranger, with only slight styling and interior feature differences. While the Ranger isn't a reviewer favorite, it and the B-Series have the best fuel economy ratings in the class. If you're in the market for a pickup truck, you should keep in mind the styling, practicality and performance capabilities of a Toyota Tacoma or Nissan Frontier.

  • Reviewing both the B-Series and the Ford Ranger, Car and Driver says, "While they've fallen behind more recently updated mid-size pickup competitors, they persist on price." -- Car and Driver
  • "If you're partial to a sporty look you probably prefer the Mazda B-Series trucks over their cousins the Ford Rangers. Beyond trim and other treatments…they are two trucks in a pod. Both are solidly built…dependable, and fun to drive." -- Pickuptruck.com
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