The Mazda B2500 was part of the Mazda B-Series truck line-up that produced quality vehicles from 1961 to 2006. Throughout those decades, the vehicles of the B-Series impressed with their compact size, durability, and manoeuvrability. For those looking for a reliable, functional ute at a low cost, the Mazda B2500 could be the perfect option.
Joining with Ford to produce and manufacture the vehicle, Mazda based the B2500 off of the Ford Ranger, taking the Ford’s style and specifications as inspiration. Unlike other car companies, however, Mazda never lost the compact identity of the B-Series. They continued to make high-quality compact utes though the time they launched the highly-capable Mazda BT-50 to replace the B-Series vehicles in Australia in 2006.
The B2500 was manufactured during the prime of the B-Series lifespan (from the mid 1990’s to the early 2000s). During that time, the B2500 encapsulated everything that was right with Mazda’s popular B-Series line. The on-road and off-road performance, handling, agility, and relatively low price made the B2500 a popular ute choice. Towards the end of its run in the 2000s though, the Mazda B-Series failed to innovate like its competitors, and declining sales of the line necessitated its replacement by the current model, the BT-50.
The B-2500 is an attractive compact ute that features familiar Mazda design and an aesthetically pleasing look. The four-door ute comes in a wide variety of colours and configurations, allowing for customizability. The 4x4 drive train and 2.5-litre engine round out the ute’s features, and the drive offers comfort and high manoeuvrability, even while sacrificing power in many cases.
Each model of the Mazda B-Series was named for the car’s relative engine displacement. For example, the B1500 had a 1.5-litre engine while the B3000 sported at 3.0-litre engine. The B2500 was in the mid-range when it came to engines, featuring a 2.5-litre diesel engine and under 200kw of power.
While many Mazda B-Series were offered in two-wheel drive only, the B2500 was always available in four-wheel drive, making it a workhorse perfect for towing. The smaller size of the Mazda B2500 and relative light weight combine for superior handling and nimbleness.
With the ability to choose from engines ranging from 2.2-litre to 2.6litre, the B2500 was a popular option for those looking for a needs-based Ute. Its 174 Nm of torque and 80 kW of power gave the driver sufficient poke, while the wide variety of standard options made the B2500 an attractive alternative for everyday ute drivers.
The B2500 offered an impressive range of standard kit for a modern-day ute. Anti-lock brakes came standard on all Mazda B-Series throughout the entire production run, with the added safety feature of dual airbags standard on most models. The B2500 was offered in a variety of trim levels, so be sure to inquire about the kit included in the version you are considering. While the features may be different among different B2500s, most of the trucks came standard with skid plates, full power accessories, keyless entry, a limited-slip differential, alloy wheels, a bed liner, fog lights, cruise control, and a CD player with an auxiliary jack.
The B2500 was an important and popular model for Mazda’s B-Series line. The B-Series usually took around 5% of the market share, selling 2,258 4-wheel drive vehicles in 2005, for example. Competitors included the Nissan Navara and the Toyota Tacoma, which came with exceptional fuel consumption rates, such as 13.5L/100km in the city, and a whopping 208Nm of torque.
As the years went on, Mazda began to lose market share as competitors became more efficient and powerful while the B-Series remained stagnant and unchanged. As buyers moved away from compact trucks and towards full-sized utes (that were only marginally more expensive), Mazda refused to change the size of their cars, again unlike their competitors. However, if you are in the market for a basic, light-duty ute at an affordable price, then the Mazda B2500 may just be the car for you.