Mazda BT-50 Freestyle Cab: Review
The Mazda BT-50 Freestyle Cab’s extended cab gives buyers the flexibility of two-plus-two seating capacity, as well as a more generous tray than the dual-cabs offer.
With the benefits of extra seating and a larger tray, Mazda’s BT-50 Freestyle Cab is a flexible, competent tow tug.
Re-visiting the BT-50 has given us the opportunity to not only try the Freestyle Cab in its latest guise (we haven’t tested it since the previous, pre-2012 model), but also to see how thecurrent model is shaping up after a couple of years on the market.
The BT-50 only seems that little bit better than before, with its strong, lag-free engine performance and solo fuel economy. As a potential tow hauler, it is a stable vehicle with good, if not exceptional, performance or economy.
The versatile Freestyle cab design is a winner for couples who don’t often need to carry extra passengers, but appreciate the option to do so, while enjoying an improved cargo space over the dual cab.
Mazda’s BT-50 Freestyle Cab Specs
- Engine 3.2L inline five-cylinder turbodiesel
- Max power 147kW at 3000rpm
- Max torque 470Nm at 1750–2500rpm
- Transmission Six-speed automatic
- Length 5365mm
- Width 1850mm
- Height 1804mm
- Wheelbase 3220mm
- Ground clearance 237mm
- Kerb mass 2054kg
- Gross Vehicle Mass 3200kg
- Gross Combined Mass 6000kg
- Fuel tank capacity 80L
- Roof load 100kg
- Towing capacity: unbraked/braked 750kg/3500kg
- TBM maximum 350kg
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