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Mazda BT-50

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 $29,060 for the BT-50 XT (4X2) (5YR) up to $68,990 for the BT-50 GT 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.

  • Why is my 2019 Mazda BT-50 is losing traction?

    If this is a new phenomenon, then it’s almost certainly down to the condition of your tyres. As tyres wear, they become less able to clear the water between themselves and the road surface, allowing the car to almost 'float' over the bitumen, leading to the loss of traction you’re experiencing. But even a tyre that is simply old (as opposed to worn out) can cause the same problem as the rubber hardens and loses its ability to grip the road. This will also be most noticeable in wet conditions, which is when you’ve experienced it.

    Another possibility is that the car has sprung an oil or coolant leak which is spraying from the engine bay, under the car and on to the rear tyres, causing them to slip. But that’s a lot more of a long shot and a close inspection of the tyres would be the first step to curing what is a potentially very dangerous situation.

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  • Why is my 2015 Mazda BT-50 losing power?

    You can probably rule out anything like a split turbo hose as this would cause the vehicle to lose power all the time, not just after prolonged use. Modern turbo-diesels like the one in your car use a range of electronic sensors and controls to keep everything running properly. It could easily be that a sensor is sending erroneous messages to the computer. An electronic scan of the vehicle should offer some answers.

    The other possibility is that the fuel system is not keeping up with the engine over time. This could be due to a blocked filter, a blocked fuel line or return line or even a fuel pump overheating. A check of the fuel system would also be in order.

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  • Is a Mazda BT-50 or Ford Ranger better for touring?

    It’s nice to see somebody taking the long view when it comes to vehicle ownership. Cars have become an increasingly throw-away commodity, and it seems a shame that all that engineering and development doesn’t get a longer lifespan.

    The BT-50 and Ranger you’ve nominated are, fundamentally, the same vehicles under the skin, so the choice will come down to the options fitted and the trim level that combines the features you want in one package. As a rule of thumb, the five-cylinder engine option will do a better job of hauling a slide-on camper into a headwind and will always be worth more as a trade-in (although that’s clearly not a concern for you).

    If you’re planning to keep the vehicle up to 300,000km, there’s a very good chance you’ll need to spend some money on the vehicle’s direct injection system at some point. A set of injectors and filters as well as an injector pump are all likely to need replacement over the distance you’ve nominated. That said, all modern common rail diesels seem to be in the same boat here, but if you’re prepared to service the vehicle religiously, then those expenses should be kept to a minimum. Take it as read, though, that a modern turbo-diesel will not appreciate neglect in this area.

    The other thing to watch out for is a vehicle that has already had a hard working life, as these dual-cabs often have. The tray-back you want also means the vehicle is likely to have been a work truck rather than a lifestyle accessory, so have any prospect checked independently before handing over the money.

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  • Are the fifth and sixth gears in my 2016 Mazda BT-50 overdrive gears?

    To put your question into context, an overdrive gear is one where the output shaft of the gearbox spins faster than the input shaft. Or, put another way, a gear in which the car’s propeller-shaft is spinning faster than the engine’s crankshaft. This means the drive wheels can be spun faster (for more road speed) without making the engine rev too hard. Overdrive gearboxes have been common for many years now, typically when five-speed transmissions replaced four-speed units. Those earlier four-speeds generally had a 1:1 ratio on their fourth (top) gear which means the output shaft (and propellor shaft) spun at exactly the same speed as the input shaft (or engine).

    Many manufacturers have now, of course, switched to six-speed transmissions and some do, in fact, use that opportunity to fit an overdrive fifth and sixth gear. But in the case of your Mazda, only sixth gear is overdriven (with a ratio of 0.794:1) while fifth gear takes the place of a traditional fourth gear by being 1:1. That gives Mazda the chance to make fourth gear a little lower and tighten up the gaps between all the gears to eliminate any dips in the power delivery. Ultimately, of course, how fast the engine revs at a given road-speed is also down to the differential (or final-drive) ratio fitted, and the diameter of the wheel and tyre package.

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Mazda BT-50 Accessories

The BT-50 cabin is a busy one and there's plenty of accessories including, but certainly not limited to, a 9.0-inch multimedia screen (with sat nav), eight-speaker stereo, chrome, heated exterior mirrors, brown leather seat trim (plus leather-topped steering wheel and shifter knob), heated front seats, eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, dual-zone climate control, auto dimming rear view mirror, 18-inch wheels, and LED daytime running lights and fog lights.

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 $21,500 and going to $68,990 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
2021 Ute 2.2L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $21,500 $42,680
2021 Extra Cab 3.2L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $28,400 $53,680
2021 Single Cab 3.0L, Diesel, 6 SP AUTO $28,900 $49,610
2021 Ute 2.2L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $29,060 $68,990
2021 Dual Cab 3.2L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $30,200 $62,590
2020 Ute 2.2L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $21,500 $42,680
2020 Extra Cab 3.2L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $28,400 $53,680
2020 Single Cab 3.0L, Diesel, 6 SP AUTO $28,900 $49,610
2020 Dual Cab 3.2L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $30,200 $62,590
2019 Ute 2.2L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $18,700 $39,270
2019 Extra Cab 3.2L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $25,400 $49,280
2019 Dual Cab 3.2L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $26,600 $55,220
2018 Ute 2.2L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $15,400 $34,540
2018 Extra Cab 3.2L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $19,000 $43,450
2018 Dual Cab 3.2L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $20,700 $46,640
2017 Ute 2.2L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $13,400 $27,940
2017 Extra Cab 3.2L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $16,800 $36,300
2017 Dual Cab 3.2L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $17,700 $39,160
See All Mazda BT-50 Pricing and Specs

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
2021 Ute 2500kg 3500kg
2020 Ute 2500kg 3500kg
2019 Ute 2500kg 3500kg
2018 Ute 2500kg 3500kg
2017 Ute 2500kg 3500kg
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Mazda BT-50 Colours

No extra cost. That's what you need to know about the colour choices from Mazda - unlike other brands, Mazda doesn't charge extra if you decide you don't want a 'tradie white' ute like this one. Options include Red Volcano mica, Concrete Grey mica, Gun Blue mica, Rock Grey mica, Ingot Silver metallic and True Black mica. Oh, and it's not called 'tradie white' - it's Ice White Solid.

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

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
2021 Ute 1703x1850x5124 mm 201 mm
2020 Ute 1703x1850x5124 mm 201 mm
2019 Ute 1703x1850x5124 mm 201 mm
2018 Ute 1703x1850x5124 mm 201 mm
2017 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 215x70 R16 for Ute in 2021 with a wheel size that spans from —.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
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
2018 Ute 215x70 R16 16x7 inches 215x70 R16 16x7 inches
2017 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 has a quietly stylish interior ... and it's perhaps too subdued because the cabin all feels a little underdone for what is marketed as a premium-spec variant in the BT-50 line-up.

Don't get me wrong – it's all very nice and well laid-out and easy to spend time in – with soft-touch surfaces, leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear-shift knob and chrome-look details around the cabin – but it's just not quite as plush as what you'd expect in a range-topper.

And there were some issues with fit and finish in our tester: plastic panels weren't quite flush on the doors, and the glove box didn't open or close as smoothly as you'd hope it would if you'd just spent your hard-earned money buying a BT-50.

Minor quibbles, but these things have to be mentioned.

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 8L/100km for Ute /Diesel for the latest year the model was manufactured.

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
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
2018 Ute 7.6L/100km 2.2L Diesel 6 SP MAN
2017 Ute 7.6L/100km 2.2L Diesel 6 SP MAN
* Combined fuel consumption See All Mazda BT-50 Pricing and Specs for 2021

Mazda BT-50 Seats

The five-seater BT-50's pews are very comfortable and stylish-looking, clad in brown leather.

The front seats are heated, but the rear seats are not.

The front seats are supportive and the rear seats aren't too shabby either.

Mazda BT-50 Speed

No official figure is available for the new BT-50's 0-100km/h time, but the all-new Isuzu D-Max LS-U auto is claimed to have achieved a sub-10 second time over the distance, so it'd be a safe to make an informed estimation that the new BT-50 could record a time of 10 seconds or so for a timed 0-100km/h run.

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