I had a ranger before the mazda and they are about the same inside, look alikes by ford. Bought this little truck when gas was $4 a gallon and the astetics of the truck i like but i only get around 15mpg with it is a auto but my ranger 2.3 was around 20. I have to run supreme in mine or i get the "pinging" when i am on the highway. Was alittle disappointed in the lack of power in the 3.0. But i love the truck but i think i am going back to a diesel. Same mpg but bigger and the differance between supreme and diesel is about .10. Little sluggish on the hi-way. Overall i say that it is a good little truck for what it was made for. My dad road in the excab for 500 miles. he is tuffer than i am.
I like the shape of the body verses the ranger of the same year. THe mazda sets a little higher off of the ground, for a 2wd, than most other trucks.
little more room and better fuel ecomony. Power could be increased as well
This truck has never been back to the
dealer. We do oil changes as
necessary as well as other
maintenance. The only dig are the two
jump seats as they are quite
uncomfortable although the truck was
not bought for them. We have loaded
lots of dirt, towed trailers, and
generally treated this truck like a
truck and have no complaints.