Need to know
The Mazda BT-50 is essentially the same vehicle as the Ford Ranger (the pair share all major components and architecture) but Mazda has done its own styling ... and given it a face only its mother could love (and which only a nice, shiny bulbar can fix).
You'll note Madza is aware of the error of its styling ways and they've done what they can to update its snout cosmetically for the 2016 model (see top left image, right). However, they could only mitigate so much, and it's a safe bet most official photography won't emphasise the front end...
Beyond that, the BT-50 is a fundamentally excellent ute, which ticks a great many boxes: It has a potent engine, a great transmission, heavy tow capacity, good safety credentials and plenty of luxury features if you don't mind spending the big bucks.
Mazda also recently changed its warranty - 2 years with unlimited kilometres is now what's on offer for the commercial range. However, if the vehicle has driven less than 100,000 kilometres at the end of the two years, the warranty automatically reverts to three years with a 100,000km cap.
- Strong tow capacity - 3500kg
- Five-star safety
- Potent diesel delivers excellent performance and good economy
- Beats Hilux on objective performance criteria
- It's been clubbed repeatedly with the ugly stick (what were they thinking?) and the mid-life makeover hasn't helped much
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Power: 147 kW @ 3000 rpm
Torque 470 Nm @ 1750-2500 rpm
Economy: 9.2 L/100km
Transmission: 6 sp auto or 6 sp manual
Length: 5365 mm (dual cab ute)
Width: 1850 mm
Height: 1821 mm
Kerb weight: 2116 kg (BT-50 GT)
Maximum tow capacity: 3500 kg
Seating Capacity: Five
Safety: Five-star ANCAP
Warranty: 2 years / unlimited kilometres
Service interval: 6 months or 10,000 km (whichever comes first)
Spare wheel: Full-sized