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2009 Mazda B-Series Regular Cab

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2009 Mazda B-Series Regular Cab Review

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Although the 2009 Mazda B-Series pickup bears the Mazda nameplate, it is actually a thinly disguised Ford Ranger. As Mazda does not build trucks for the U.S. market and Ford is its parent company, the economic advantage of this arrangement should be obvious to all. Available in Regular Cab and Extended Cab Plus configurations, the compact B-Series trucks compete well with the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, but are no match for the larger and more powerful trucks from Nissan, Dodge and Toyota.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you need a compact pickup that is inexpensive to own and operate, but want something a bit more stylish than the Ford Ranger, the 2009 Mazda B-Series is your best bet.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you need a pickup to haul heavy loads or transport four people on a regular basis, you may want to look at one of the larger mid-size or full-size V8-powered choices.

What's New for 2009

For 2009, the B4000 Cab Plus SE has been discontinued.

Driving the B-Series Regular Cab

Driving Impressions The B-Series with four-wheel drive makes 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. Once engaged, the two-speed transfer case allows choosing between four-wheel high or four-wheel low. The B-Series' four-wheel-drive system is intended only for off-road use or very slippery surfaces and cannot be permanently engaged during normal driving.

Sporty Interior Trim
The B-Series' sporty interior trim is in keeping with the Mazda image.

4.0-liter V6
Standard on the Cab Plus, the proven 4.0-liter V6 delivers a good balance of power and economy.

2009 Mazda B-Series Regular Cab Details
2009 Mazda B-Series Regular Cab photo Interior

The B-Series puts the Mazda sport treatment onto the base Ranger interior. Seats have a richer pattern and the instrument panel features white-faced gauges and a revised center stack. Cab Plus models provide space behind the seats for luggage or groceries. The flip-down jump seats are best used for short trips only.

Exterior

To set the B-Series apart from the Ford Ranger, Mazda performs a front-end freshening, with more brightwork around the grille and headlamps and a raised "power dome" hood. The Regular Cab and Extended Cab Plus models feature six-foot beds with an optional fold-out bed extender.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The base 2009 Mazda B-Series truck includes a 143-horsepower 2.3-liter engine, a five-speed manual transmission, anti-lock brakes (ABS), two front cup holders, dual side mirrors, AM/FM stereo, cloth split-bench seat, power steering, tachometer and steel wheels. The B4000 adds an extended cab, four-wheel drive, a 4.0-liter V6 engine and seven spoke painted wheels.

Optional Equipment

Options for the B2300 include the SE5 package that adds air conditioning, chrome front and rear bumpers, speed control, AM/FM stereo with CD and auxiliary audio input jack, tilt wheel and all-terrain tires. Stand alone options for both trucks include an automatic transmission, a bed liner, bed extender and a soft cargo cover.

Under the Hood

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.

2.3-liter in-line 4
143 horsepower @ 5250 rpm
154 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3750 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/26 (manual), 19/24 (automatic)

4.0-liter V6
207 horsepower @ 5250 rpm
238 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/19 (manual), 14/18 (automatic)

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2009 Mazda B-Series Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.3
Out of 10

Based on 246 Ratings for the 1998 - 2009 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.8/10
    Quality
    8.6/10
  • Reliability
    8.9/10
    Performance
    8.4/10
  • Comfort
    8.3/10
    Styling
    8.5/10

Some hidden problems to watch out for

By on Thursday, July 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 101,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
5/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"Catalytic converters often clog before 100K. It's a 1100 repair or you live with the CELight on all the time. It's not the main CC either, its the pair below the engine manifold. The #6 spark plug is IMPOSSIBLE to reach, even by a dealer. Ford plugs often seize and the plug breaks off. It's a big dollar repair to pull the engine and re-tap the threads. Ask a repair facility how much they charge to change spark plugs before you buy one of these."

5 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Great small truck - very reliable

By on Thursday, May 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 165,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "reliabiltiy, mileage"

Cons: "driver seat lumbar support is weak"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I bought my 1999 Mazda B2500 used in 2003 with 57000 miles. I have been driving it for 12 years, and have had very few mechanical failures. Notably, I had to replace the alternator, and do some improvised repairs to the lumbar support in the driver's seat. My son who was 5 years old when I bought the truck now drives it to college every day. Very good value for a used truck."

9 people out of 15 found this review helpful

Great Purchase!

By on Wednesday, May 06, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 168,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Reliability, utility and economy"

Cons: "The interior isn't the most high end."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought this little truck (Mazda B2300, i.e.: Ford Ranger) almost eight years ago. Since the break-in, I've run nothing but synthetic oil in it, been meticulous on my maintenance and the only "repair" parts I've had to replace have been the plugs, O2 sensors, tires, brakes, serpentine belt, hoses, fluids, alternator and battery. Even the clutch is the factory clutch. This truck just runs and runs. Good gas mileage, inexpensive and overall, one of the best purchases I've ever made."

2 people out of 8 found this review helpful

GREAT VEHICLE TO OWN

By on Monday, May 04, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 85,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"GREAT LITTLE PICK UP TRK. EASY ON MY BUGET, ONLY REQUIRED SMALL AMOUNT OF REPAIRS AND OR REPLACEMENT OF PARTS , SINCE GETTING IT USED IN 2004 WITH ONLY 44.300K"

5 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Excellent truck. Better looking than Ford Ranger.

By on Wednesday, February 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 220,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Drives and rides great. Very good on gas."

Cons: "Absolutley None."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Virtually maintenance free for 220k! I have maintained general oil changes. Replaced timing belt at 180k. Everything on this truck is fully functional after all these miles! Great vehicle."

7 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Best compact truck ever

By on Monday, December 15, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 168,855

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
Not Rated
Styling
8/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Fun to drive if you like a stick shift"

Cons: "none that I could find"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Bought in 2004 never had any major problems with just regular maintenance will make someone a great 1st or 2nd vehicle"

11 people out of 16 found this review helpful

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