Often cannot go more than 35-45 mph
city, 55 mph highway driving. Against
15-20 mph wind on interstate, max speed
is 65-72 mph. Dynomometer test shows
27% power/torque (109.7 hp, 135 ft-lb
torque--35% greater drive train
inefficiency than competive trucks.
Fuel consumption is 12-17 mpg,
averaging 14-15 in winter and 15-16 in
summer. Mazda notified me that fuel
consumption sticker values were
determined by mathematical algoritms
and had no empirical evidence to
support the fuel consumption claims.
Mazda claims that the vehicle "performs
according to specifications", which is
the only answer that I ever get from
Tie-downs in bed are hard to reach with
a bed cover. Sway is excessive over
bumps. Interior and other component
features are pretty typical of other
manufacturers' equivalent trucks.
Ford/Mazda Automatic Over-drive
transmission is the most inefficient on
the market. The drive-train computer
does not appear to have effective
algoriths based upon the dynomometer
test or the engine is just simply under-
powered for this vehicle with such an
inefficient drive train.
The truck is tall! I like being up
just a little bit in a pickup that is
sold as 'small.' I find the truck is a
smooth ride with the michelins that
replaced the FS that were on it when I
bought it.The transmission is smooth,
and the power is enough for me (I
traded in a 95 Isuzu Pup) I haven't
done any off road stuff and proably
wont since that isn't my life style.
Extended cab. two coffee holders
within reach. comfortable seats. good
visability, pretty quiet ride.