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2008 Mazda B2300 Truck - Overview

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$15,535 – $16,535 MSRP

$14,720 – $15,540 Invoice

19 / 24 MPG City/Hwy


2008 Mazda B2300 Truck

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What Changed for 2008:

  • Upgraded shock absorbers for B2300

  • B4000 ride height decreased by 16 mm

  • B4000 SE adds standard front skid plate

  • B3000 models with 3.0-liter V-6 engine discontinued

  • Dual Sport trim level discontinued
While other compact pickup trucks have been modernized and grown much larger in recent years, the Mazda B-Series pickup-like it's almost identical cousin, the Ford Ranger-carries on with little change. The Mazda B-Series is available in two body styles: 2-door regular cab and 4-door Cab Plus 4. The regular cab body style is available only with 4-cylinder power and rear-wheel drive (RWD). It has a front bench seat for 3-passenger capacity. Cab Plus 4 models are offered only with a V-6 engine and 4-wheel drive (4WD). Cab Plus 4s have rear-hinged rear access doors and seating for up to 5 with two rear fold-down jump seats. Properly equipped, a 4-cylinder Mazda B-Series pickup can tow up to 2260 pounds, while the Cab Plus 4 model can tow up to 5600 pounds. Both have a maximum payload of 1260 pounds.

Model Lineup
The 2008 Mazda B-Series is available in B2300 and B4000 models. The B2300 has a 4-cylinder engine and is offered only in a base trim level. The B4000 has a V-6 engine and is available in base and SE trim levels. Standard equipment on the B2300 includes cloth upholstery, 60/40 split front bench seat, 2-speaker AM/FM stereo, vinyl floor covering, manual windows and door locks, a 4-wire trailer harness, and P225/70R15 tires on steel wheels. The base B4000 adds air conditioning, rear jump seats, carpeting, floor mats, theft-deterrent system, raised 4WD suspension, and P235/75R15 tires. The B4000 SE adds the automatic transmission; front bucket seats; power windows, mirrors and locks; remote keyless entry; 4-speaker AM/FM/CD stereo; auxiliary input jack; limited-slip differential; tilt, leather-wrapped steering wheel; cruise control; rear privacy glass; sliding rear window; bedliner; Class III tow-hitch receiver; fuel tank and transfer case skid plates; front tow hooks; fog lights; and P255/70R16 all-terrain white-letter tires on alloy wheels. Options include an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a bed extender, and a tonneau cover.

The 2008 Mazda B-Series offers two engines. The base 2.3-liter 4-cylinder engine in the RWD B2300 model is a dual-overhead-cam design that produces 143 hp at 5250 rpm and 154 lb.-ft. of torque at 3750 rpm. B4000 models have a 4.0-liter, single-overhead-cam V-6 engine that makes 207 hp at 5250 rpm and 238 lb.-ft. of torque at 3000 rpm. Both engines come standard with a 5-speed manual transmission, and a 5-speed automatic is optional. The B4000 has a dashboard-activated part-time 4WD system with automatic-locking front hubs. It should not be left engaged on dry pavement, and includes low-range gearing. EPA fuel economy ratings are 21 mpg city/26 mpg highway for the B2300 with a manual transmission and 19 mpg city/24 mpg highway for a B2300 with the automatic transmission. The B4000 gets 15 mpg city/19 mpg highway with a manual transmission and 14 mpg city/17 mpg highway with the automatic transmission.

The 2008 Mazda B-Series includes dual front air bags, a tire-pressure monitor and anti-lock brakes (ABS) as standard. There are no safety options. The Mazda B-Series has earned a 5-star rating for the driver and a 4-star rating for the front passenger in front-impact tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The regular cab body style has also received a 5-star rating for the driver in side-impact tests, while the extended cab received 4 stars. In rollover resistance tests, the B-Series received a 3-star rating. In tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the B-Series received an "Acceptable" rating for frontal offset crashes and a "Poor" rating for rear crash protection.

The 2008 Mazda B-Series has 4-wheel ABS with front disc and rear drum brakes. ABS pulses the brakes to help decrease stopping distances, minimize the chance of skids, and allow drivers to steer when braking hard, the automaker explains.

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