This is a competent vehicle. Nothing fancy, just provides the basics and does it quite well. However, don't expect it to do more than it was designed to do. I owned one of these for a few years and got great service out of it. If I were in the market for this size vehicle, I'd buy it again.
Our family car is a Mazda Protege. I based my decision to find a Mazda pickup on the quality, performance, and value of the Protege. I made a good decision. Just as with the first car the B3000 is an excellent vehicle. I got the Dual Sport package so the ride is a bit stiff but come on, it's a pick up. I also opted for the manual 5-speed. Combined with the V-6 it's a winner. Plenty of power when I need it and good highway mileage cruising in 5th gear; 24 mpg city so far and 28 mpg highway. Beats the 17 mpg and 22 mpg I was getting with the Jeep Grand Cherokee I traded in. The interior has enough comfort and appointments to make driving in rush hour traffic an enjoyable experience. The factory cd player and sound system are excellent, the A/C is tough enough to stand up to the 105+ degree summer heat where I live, and the seats are highly adjustable and comfortable. After purchasing one Mazda I was reasonably sure that Mazda built a solid vehicle. Now after driving two I'm certain.
I owned two Rangers before this 2002 Mazda Dual Sport model, and while they share many features, such as the dash and general body style, this Mazda is the best pick-up I've ever owned. I did come from owning a 112 HP 4 cylinder, manual shift, to the much more powerful V-6, also with the manual, and what a difference. Having the Dual Sport model also gives you the lift package, fender flares, and the wider tires. This truck also came with a solid , locking bed cover, and a bed extender. I added a K&N Performance Air Intake system, (about 90 minutes of easy work) and the sound that comes from under that hood is nothing short of Awesome! I really can't think of one thing I would like to change about how this truck looks or drives, I love it. In fact, this is the second time I've ever taken the time to review a vehicle, the first was for my 87 Mazda RX-7 Turbo and I've been driving since 1975. I guess it would be easy for me to say that Mazda makes great vehicles, at least in my experience.