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Mazda BT-50 Review, For Sale, Colours, Interior, Models & Specs

Mazda might be able to claim one of the longest lineages for the BT-50 – that is, if it hadn’t had three separate names over its history.

The B Series ute was Mazda’s first foray, way back in 1964, which was replaced in 1992 by the well-known Bravo. By then, Mazda’s ute had grown from its workhorse roots to a series of two- and four-wheel-drive utes, with the choice of single and dual cab configurations. With the advent of the BT-50 in late 2006, Mazda updated the name, style and performance of its ladder-framed ute.

These days, a pair of diesel engines work across a range of body styles and drive configurations, with prices starting at $33,950 for the BT-50 XS (4X2) up to $73,945 for the BT-50 Thunder (4X4).

Mazda BT-50 Q&As

Check out real-world situations relating to the Mazda BT-50 here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • I replaced the starting battery in my 2014 Mazda BT-50 and now I have the powertrain light come on when driving

    It's quite probable that the check-engine light was triggered by the worn out condition of the battery you replaced, not the brand new one being fitted. Such cars hate low voltages, and that's precisely what a worn battery produces. That said, changing the battery can sometimes cause a modern, computerised car to throw a fault code, and when that happens, the check-engine light will illuminate.

    You can try to re-set the vehicle's computer by disconnecting the battery and leaving it for an hour. Then reconnect the battery and see if the light has disappeared. If it hasn't, it may be that the computer simply needs to relearn a few parameters after having been disconnected from the power when the original battery change was made. A decent drive might return things to normal.

    But don't forget the basics: Check the condition and cleanliness of the battery leads, terminals and make sure that all the connections are tight. If there's still no joy, have the vehicle electronically scanned and let the computer tell you precisely what's wrong.

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  • My Mazda BT-50 has been having trouble starting

    The rule of thumb states that if the engine fires on starting fluid sprayed down the intake, but won’t run on the fuel in its tank, the first thing to check is the fuel pump. Just because there was some fuel present when you cracked the seal on the fuel injector, does not necessarily mean that there’s enough of it or the fuel pressure is sufficient to start the engine.

    Modern common-rail diesel engines use very sophisticated fuel systems which use super-high pressure. Without a pump to build up to this pressure, the injector won’t deliver the right amount of fuel for successful running. But you should also check the operation of the glow-plugs as well as the condition of the fuel filters. An electronic scan is also a good idea at this point, before you start replacing expensive bits and pieces.

    Be extra careful fiddling with engines like this one, especially if you’re messing about with the injectors and fuel system. The inherent pressures are so high, that a leak can act like a water-jet cutter; sufficiently powerful to remove a finger.

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  • When should the front wheel bearings on a 2013 Mazda BT-50 be replaced or repacked?

    After 100,000 hard off-road kilometres, you'd be wise to check pretty much every system and component of your car, including the wheel bearings. Bush tracks and rough regional roads put all sorts of stresses and strains on mechanical bits like bearings, suspension, brakes, bushes and the whole driveline.

    If you read most owner's manuals closely, you'll see that the recommended servicing schedule is based on normal or moderate use, not hard-core off-road work like you've been doing. With that in mind, the advice is to shrink the service intervals and the distances at which major parts like wheel bearing are checked and/or replaced. Give some thought to changing out the vehicle's fluids, too, including the front and rear differentials, as contamination from water crossings can destroy the lubricant and lead to extensive internal wear.

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  • Is it possible to replace the gasoline engine in a Mazda BT-50 with diesel?

    Anything is possible if you have enough money to throw at the project, but at some point, each project begins to cost more than it will ever be worth.

    The real mystery, though, is how you came by a petrol-powered BT-50. In Australia, the BT-50 was sold only with a range of diesel powerplants. Petrol-powered BT-50s were made and sold in regions such as the Americas, South Africa and parts of Asia, but not here. Either that or you have a Mazda fitted with a Ford Ranger engine, as Ford did offer 2.5-litre petrol engine on Rangers from 2011 to 2015, but only on base-model, two-wheel-drive versions. That option was then discontinued.

    So maybe you have a privately imported Mazda, at which point, it’s very hard to know what diesel engines will and won’t fit. The bottom line is that if you want a Mazda BT-50 with a diesel engine, the simplest thing to do is simply buy one. Chances are you’ll spend less overall than converting an existing car from petrol to diesel. Swapping a petrol engine for a diesel could involve everything from a different fuel system, wiring, transmission, differential ratios and even things like the radiator and front springs. It’s a big job.

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Mazda BT-50 Accessories

Standard features onboard include air conditioning, adaptive cruise control, a multimedia touchscreen, Apple CarPlay (wireless & USB) and Android Auto – USB), LED headlights, and an impressive standard safety suite.

Mazda BT-50 Accessories

Mazda BT-50 Models Price and Specs

The price range for the Mazda BT-50 varies based on the trim level you choose. Starting at $33,950 and going to $73,945 for the latest year the model was manufactured. The model range is available in the following body types starting from the engine/transmission specs shown below.

Year Body Type Specs Price from Price to
2023 Ute 1.9L, Diesel, 6 SP AUTO $33,950 $73,945
2022 Single Cab 1.9L, Diesel, 6 SP AUTO $29,700 $54,890
2022 Dual Cab 1.9L, Diesel, 6 SP AUTO $39,270 $77,330
2021 Ute 2.2L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $24,200 $43,450
2021 Single Cab 1.9L, Diesel, 6 SP AUTO $29,260 $53,020
2021 Extra Cab 3.2L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $31,900 $54,560
2021 Dual Cab 3.2L, Diesel, 6 SP AUTO $35,530 $74,800
2020 Ute 2.2L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $23,100 $41,360
2020 Single Cab 3.0L, Diesel, 6 SP AUTO $29,810 $46,420
2020 Extra Cab 3.2L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $30,470 $51,920
2020 Dual Cab 3.2L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $30,470 $58,630
2019 Ute 2.2L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $21,340 $38,170
2019 Dual Cab 3.2L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $28,380 $53,130
2019 Extra Cab 3.2L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $28,710 $47,960
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Mazda BT-50 Towing Capacity

The Mazda BT-50 has maximum towing capacity of 3500kg for the latest model available.

Year Body Type Braked Capacity from Braked Capacity to
2023 Ute 3000kg 3500kg
2022 Ute 3000kg 3500kg
2021 Ute 2500kg 3500kg
2020 Ute 2500kg 3500kg
2019 Ute 2500kg 3500kg
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Mazda BT-50 Colours

The Mazda BT-50 is available in a range of exterior colours including 'Red Volcano Mica', 'Rocky Grey Mica', 'Gun Blue Mica', 'Concrete Grey Mica', 'Ingot Silver Metallic', 'True Black Mica' and 'Ice White'.

  • Red Volcano Mica
  • Rocky Grey Mica
  • Gun Blue Mica
  • Concrete Grey Mica
  • Ingot Silver Metallic
  • True Black Mica
  • Ice White
To confirm current colour availability, please check the manufacturer's website.

Mazda BT-50 Engine

The Mazda BT-50 is available with a 1.9-litre (110kW/350Nm) four-cylinder turbo-diesel and a 3.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine, producing 140kW at 3600rpm and 450Nm at 1600-2600rpm.

Mazda BT-50 Engine

Mazda BT-50 Dimensions

The dimensions of the Mazda BT-50 Ute vary according to year of manufacture and spec level.

Year Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
2023 Ute 1790x1870x5320 mm 235 mm
2022 Ute 1790x1870x5320 mm 235 mm
2021 Ute 1703x1850x5124 mm 201 mm
2020 Ute 1703x1850x5124 mm 201 mm
2019 Ute 1703x1850x5124 mm 201 mm
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Mazda BT-50 Dimensions

Mazda BT-50 Wheel Size

The Mazda BT-50 has a number of different wheel and tyre options. When it comes to tyres, these range from 255x65 R17 for Ute in 2023.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2023 Ute 255x65 R17 255x65 R17
2022 Ute 255x65 R17 255x65 R17
2021 Ute 215x70 R16 215x70 R16
2020 Ute 215x70 R16 16x7 inches 215x70 R16 16x7 inches
2019 Ute 215x70 R16 16x7 inches 215x70 R16 16x7 inches
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Mazda BT-50 Wheel Sizes

Mazda BT-50 Interior

The BT-50’s cabin is a comfortably familiar space, featuring high-quality materials and plenty of durable plastic. Controls are easy to operate, and the multimedia screen is simple enough to use. There are plenty of storage spaces in the cabin, including cup holders in the centre console, bottle holders in the doors, as well as all the usual nooks and crannies for your everyday stuff.

Mazda BT-50 Interior

Mazda BT-50 Fuel Consumption

The Mazda BT-50 is available in a number of variants and body types that are powered by Diesel fuel type(s). It has an estimated fuel consumption starting from 7L/100km for Ute /Diesel for the latest year the model was manufactured.

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
2023 Ute 7L/100km 1.9L Diesel 6 SP AUTO
2022 Ute 7L/100km 1.9L Diesel 6 SP AUTO
2021 Ute 8L/100km 2.2L Diesel 6 SP MAN
2020 Ute 8L/100km 2.2L Diesel 6 SP MAN
2019 Ute 8L/100km 2.2L Diesel 6 SP MAN
* Combined fuel consumption See All Mazda BT-50 Pricing and Specs for 2023

Mazda BT-50 Seats

The Mazda BT-50 seats two in single cab form and five as a dual cab.

Mazda BT-50 Seats

Mazda BT-50 Speed

The Mazda BT-50 is likely capable of doing the 0-100km/h sprint in about 10 seconds though no official figures have been made public. Top speed is around 175km/h.

Mazda BT-50 Boot Space

There's no boot in the BT-50, but the tray fitted to our test ute was 2550mm long and easily wide enough for a pallet. No wheel arches to compensate for when you buy a tray/table top ute.

Mazda BT-50 Boot space
Shown above are boot space details for the Mazda BT-50 2021.

Mazda BT-50 Range

The Mazda BT-50 1.9-litre has a range of around 1000km, while the 3.0-litre 4x4 Dual Cab Pickup has a calculated driving range of about 950km.