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
Had the car since it was new and now has 70000 miles on it. Had to replace the factory tires at 25000 miles and did not think much of it. I use this for light duty personal use with no off road or hauling. The original ball joints cracked at 40000 miles and were upgraded to better ones with grease fittings. The transmission was rebuilt at 69990 miles. The steering wheel cruise control was replaced due the disintegration of the original equipment (Common across ford and Mazda trucks).
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.