2009 Mazda B-Series Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2009 Mazda B-Series was new.

Scorecard

Performance: 6.5

Reviewers generally find the 2009 Mazda B-Series to be an adequate performer, though not a standout for the class. Many rivals offer more powerful engines, better off-road equipment and more comfortable rides.

  • "The chassis is old but rugged, making the B-Series an acceptable choice for small business owners who just need a basic workhorse or outdoor enthusiasts who need an inexpensive way to enjoy their activities." -- Edmunds

Acceleration and Power

The B-Series models come with two engine choices that are identical to those found in the similar Ford Ranger. The base B2300 model comes standard with a 2.3-liter inline four-cylinder engine. However, most reviewers find the engine lacking in power. For more power, B4000 models upgrade to a 4.0-liter V6. The B2300's I4 engine comes standard with a five-speed manual transmission, while a five-speed  automatic is optional. The B4000 Cab Plus in SE trim comes only with the automatic transmission.

  • "It has fine power at all speeds. The engine works well with the smooth, responsive automatic transmission." -- Consumer Guide
  • "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 models." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Despite its relatively low horsepower rating, the 4.0-liter V6 offers respectable acceleration for this class and the five-speed automatic does a fine job of making the most of the available power. The B2300 feels underpowered." -- Edmunds

Handling and Braking

Most reviewers are positive about the B-Series' overall handing and braking. Some reviewers note that there are better choices than the B-series if you often need to tow or haul heavy loads, and others complain about the lack of a dedicated off-road model, though some acknowledge that the B-Series does a pretty good job without one.

  • "It corners with a stable feel, moderate body lean, and nicely weighted steering. Directional stability is good." -- Consumer Guide
  • "All models are easy to maneuver thanks to the truck's small size, but the basic platform and underpinnings are old tech, resulting in a harsh ride over broken pavement. The 2009 Mazda B4000 is a solid performer off-road, but the lack of an optional off-road package means hard-core trail busters will have to explore the aftermarket to outfit it properly." -- Edmunds
  • "If you have to stomp on the brakes, the rear ABS keeps the truck in a nice, straight line, even on dirt." -- Pickuptruck.com
  • "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." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The typical compact extended cab truck is a better choice than the Mazda B-Series Truck in terms of hauling capacity, especially if you often need to carry a lot of equipment or large dogs." -- NewCars.com

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