2022 Mazda BT-50 review

A comprehensive review of the 2022 Mazda BT-50

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CarsGuide81%"But now, the new BT-50 is here. It's more thoughtful, better equipped, offers class-lead-equalling safety tech alongside its fraternal twin the D-Max, and it also takes a different tact to the rest of the ute market. It has a bit of plush up its sleeve."Read more
CarExpert81%"Objectively, this is a great work vehicle that covers the basics and then some, but you pay for the privilege."Read more
Drive84%"As it did a decade ago, Mazda once again has an undeniably solid platform beneath the attractive styling."Read more
Practical Motoring78%"It's very comfortable for a ute with proper front seats rather than whatever they found in the skip out the back. While not the best in class, the engine is solid, grunty."Read more

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A comprehensive review of the 2022 Mazda BT-50

Mazda BT-50 pricing and specifications

As of early 2022, the Mazda BT-50 range is made up of the typical ute body variations (single, freestyle and dual cab, with chassis or pick-up trays), spread across 6 trim grades. There are also 2 engines on offer and a manual or automatic gearbox.

Mazda BT-50 XS

First in the Mazda BT-50 range is the XS trim. This is the only BT-50 model available with Mazda's 1.9-litre capacity diesel engine.

For this trim, Mazda's recommended delivered price (RDP) is from $41,103

The main highlights include the following:

  • 17-inch steel wheels
  • Apple CarPlay (wireless & USB cable) and Android Auto (USB cable)
  • Cruise control
  • Adaptive cruise control (ACC) with stop & go
  • Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio connectivity
  • 7-inch touch display
  • LED headlights
  • Air conditioning
  • Black cloth seat upholstery
  • Vinyl flooring
  • Power windows
  • Power-adjustable body-colour exterior mirrors
  • Reverse camera
  • DAB+ digital radio
  • Safety assists including the following:
    • 8 airbags
    • Autonomous emergency braking
    • Attention assist
    • Blind-spot monitor (BSM)
    • Emergency lane keeping (ELK) - overtaking
    • Emergency stop signal (ESS)
    • Lane departure warning (LDW)
    • Lane departure prevention (LDP)
    • Lane-keep assist system (LAS)
    • Rear cross-traffic alert (RCTA)
    • Speed assist system
    • Turn assist

This model seems largely comparable to its twin-under-the-skin, the Isuzu D-Max SX.

Mazda BT-50 XT

Next up, starting from$44,193, is the XT BT-50.

This trim grade unlocks extra desirable features such as the following:

  • 3.0-litre turbo diesel engine
  • 17-inch silver alloy wheels

Everything else appears to be chiefly the same as the XS BT-50.

Mazda BT-50 XTR

Next in the BT-50 ranks comes the XTR. Mazda asks from $54,640 for the XTR BT-50.

On top of the XT model, XTRs have the following:

  • 18-inch black machined alloy wheels
  • 9-inch colour touchscreen
  • Satellite navigation
  • Dual-zone climate control (with rear vents)
  • Power-folding exterior mirrors
  • LED front fog lamps
  • Silver side steps
  • LED headlights with signature illumination and auto-level
  • Daytime running lamps - signature style
  • Carpet flooring
  • Leather-clad steering wheel and gear shifter
  • Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
  • Advanced keyless entry
  • Rear centre seat armrest

All in, it's a very comfortable sounding ute.

Mazda BT-50 GT

The GT spec represents another step up in luxury and passenger conveniences. This model starts from $62,535.

For the extra coin, you'll receive the following:

  • Heated front seats
  • Brown leather upholstery
  • 8-way power-adjustable driver's seat
  • Heated chrome exterior mirrors
  • Front parking sensors
  • Remote engine starting (auto models only)

This model brings those extra touches that a family, caravan owner or tradie who covers lots of kays might look for in a ute.

Mazda BT-50 SP

Looking for a BT-50 with additional exterior accessories? Then the SP might be the BT-50 for you. Prices start from $63,990.

Here's what Mazda fits into the SP BT-50:

  • 18-inch black metallic alloy wheels
  • Black and "driftwood" leather and synthetic suede combo
  • Gloss black fender flares, sailplane sports bar, exterior mirrors as well as door and tailgate handles
  • Grey side steps and roof rails
  • Manual roller tonneau cover
  • Black grille with gunmetal "signature" wing

Mazda BT-50 Thunder

Finally, if you want an even tougher and more adventure-ready ute, the BT-50 Thunder might fit the bill. This model starts from $67,990.

The Mazda BT-50 boasts the following:

  • 18-inch black alloys
  • 20-inch LED dual-row light bar by Lightforce
  • Black single-hoop bullbar, alloy sports bar, side steps and fender flares
  • Electric roller tonneau cover
  • Thunder graphics
  • Tub liner

The Thunder exterior seems reminiscent of the Ford Ranger Wildtrak X.

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Mazda BT-50 XSMazda BT-50 XTMazda BT-50 XTRMazda BT-50 GTMazda BT-50 SPMazda BT-50 Thunder
1.9-litre turbo diesel, 4x2, 6-speed auto, single-cab chassis: $41,103

1.9-litre turbo diesel, 4x2, 6-speed auto, dual-cab pick-up:
$47,320

1.9-litre turbo diesel, 4x4, 6-speed auto, dual-cab pick-up: $56,365

3.0-litre turbo diesel, 4x2, 6-speed automatic, single-cab chassis: $44,193

3.0-litre turbo diesel, 4x2, 6-speed automatic, freestyle-cab chassis: $47,539

3.0-litre turbo diesel, 4x4, 6-speed manual, single-cab chassis: $49,373

3.0-litre turbo diesel, 4x2, 6-speed automatic, dual-cab pick-up: $50,460

3.0-litre turbo diesel, 4x2, 6-speed automatic, dual-cab chassis: $51,618

3.0-litre turbo diesel, 4x4, 6-speed auto, single-cab chassis: $51,998

3.0-litre turbo diesel, 4x4, 6-speed manual, freestyle-cab chassis: $52,783

3.0-litre turbo diesel, 4x4, 6-speed auto, freestyle-cab chassis: $55,408

3.0-litre turbo diesel, 4x4, 6-speed manual, dual-cab pick-up: $55,995

3.0-litre turbo diesel, 4x4, 6-speed manual, dual-cab chassis: $57,153

3.0-litre turbo diesel, 4x4, 6-speed auto, dual-cab pick-up: $58,620

3.0-litre turbo diesel, 4x4, 6-speed automatic, dual-cab chassis: $59,778

3.0-litre turbo diesel, 4x2, 6-speed automatic, dual-cab pick-up: $54,640

3.0-litre turbo diesel, 4x4, 6-speed manual, dual-cab pick-up: $60,145

3.0-litre turbo diesel, 4x4, 6-speed auto, dual-cab pick-up: $62,770

3.0-litre turbo diesel, 4x4, 6-speed automatic, dual-cab chassis: $63,928

3.0-litre turbo diesel, 4x4, 6-speed manual, dual-cab pick-up: $62,535

3.0-litre turbo diesel, 4x4, 6-speed auto, dual-cab pick-up: $65,685

3.0-litre turbo diesel, 4x4, 6-speed manual, dual-cab pick-up: $63,990

3.0-litre turbo diesel, 4x4, 6-speed auto, dual-cab pick-up: $66,990

3.0-litre turbo diesel, 4x4, 6-speed manual, dual-cab pick-up: $67,990

3.0-litre turbo diesel, 4x4, 6-speed auto, dual-cab pick-up: $70,990

The above prices are the recommended delivered prices for private buyers in NSW postcode 2000, taken from the Mazda Australia website in February 2022.

It seems that Mazda has taken the rather unconventional, but refreshing approach, of not charging extra for different paint colours. The BT-50 comes in the following colour options:

  • Red Volcano Mica
  • Rock Grey Mica
  • Gun Blue Mica
  • Concrete Grey Mica
  • Ingot Silver Metallic
  • True Black Mica
  • Ice White

Overview

It sounds like a dream team combination. Isuzu does the engineering and provides many of the mechanical components while Mazda handles the external and internal styling. That's what you get when you buy a Mazda BT-50. You're benefiting from 2 companies putting their heads together to make a ute that, according to car reviewers, is great. There were a few minor quibbles with the spec, mainly that the infotainment system could be more like other Mazda vehicles. Also, some might find the BT-50 a little pricey.

Other than that, you can't fault the ute much and so it's one that should go on your shortlist.

WebsiteProsConsNotable quote
CarsGuide
  • Standard safety equipment
  • Fuel economy
  • Engine power
  • Progress over previous model
  • Doesn't have D-Max cup holders
  • Holes in top-spec sheet list
  • Seems like a badge-engineering job
"The Mazda BT-50 is certainly an impressive ute; one that stands apart from some of its main rivals. It is still something of a badge-engineered exercise, though the brand deserves credit for changing up the exterior look and pushing up the perceived quality of the cabin, too."
CarExpert
  • Stacked with equipment and safety assists
  • Gutsy 3.0L diesel
  • Sophisticated drive
  • Comfortable
  • Cab-chassis competitors are cheaper
  • Jittery ride when empty
  • Infotainment not as good as Ford's
"There's no escaping it's expensive, though. Considering the Ford Ranger and Toyota HiLux both offer circa-$30,000 tradie-spec models with large touchscreens, AEB, and similar towing/payload capabilities, the Mazda is definitely positioned as a more premium product."
Drive
  • Unique-to-Mazda exterior design
  • On par for segment interior trim and feel
  • High-quality ride and handling balance
  • Smartphone connectivity bugs
  • Interior is not Mazda-enough
  • Price difference to Mazda
"In any case, the new BT-50 is an excellent dual-cab in a segment that shows no signs of slowing down or becoming less competitive. We've scored it only just behind the D-Max at launch, which we think sets the standard at the time of testing. That's only because Mazda has chosen not to put more effort into differentiating it from its twin."
Practical Motoring
  • Servicing costs
  • Mazda styling on D-Max platform
  • Interior styling
  • Dependable and willing engine
  • Generic infotainment software
"Is the BT-50 good? For what I did in it, yes, and that's an increasing number of punters. People just going about their daily lives."

Engine and performance

When you buy a BT-50, you're getting an Isuzu-engineered ute. As such, you also get the common mechanical components used by the Isuzu D-Max.

Mazda 1.9-litre diesel engine

At the heart of the smaller-capacity XS BT-50 is one of Isuzu's 1.9-litre turbo diesel power plants. In the BT-50, it makes the same power as it does in the D-Max. That's 110kW at 3,600rpm and 350Nm between 1,800rpm and 2,600rpm.

This engine meshes with a 6-speed automatic transmission from Aisin.

Mazda 3.0-litre diesel engine

Most BT-50s have a 3.0-litre turbo diesel engine, again supplied by Isuzu. This engine outputs 140kW at 3,600rpm. Peak torque measures

450Nm between 1,600rpm and 2,600rpm.

Car reviewers' impressions of the Mazda BT-50 engine and transmission line-up

How did reviewers find the Mazda BT-50's engine and transmission?

It seems that the motoring experts rated the BT-50's 3.0-litre engine as polished, with a decent bit of urgency about it. Reviewers observed turbo lag at low revs, but that's a common trait of a turbocharged engine. Another tester suggested the engine was unchallenged and relatively quiet when working hard. They elaborated that the BT-50's oiler was quite happy going about its business with just the lightest touch of the accelerator. Others reinforced this notion by saying it was strapping and relatively well-behaved.

Testers who were given 1.9-litre turbo diesel press utes found they understandably were busier and noisier as a result of the smaller capacity and lower output figures. They still said it was an effective and uncomplicated engine; it just had to work a bit more to achieve overtaking speeds.

Gearbox wise, one tester felt 6 gears was the perfect amount for daily driving. They also recounted how they felt few buyers would go for the manual. The autos apparently work logically, spooling up the right cog as needed and dropping down the ratios when necessary. That's good, as nobody likes an indecisive automatic that can't make up its mind about gear selection.

One of the reviewers who drove a manual BT-50 grumbled that it had a long gear shift throw.

Overall, it seems both engines and the transmissions of the BT-50 are adept and fit for purpose.

Mazda BT-50 engine and transmission figures

1.9-litre turbo diesel

3.0-litre turbo diesel

Engine typeTurbocharged, common rail, direct fuel injection, 16-valve, double-overhead cam (DOHC)Turbocharged, common rail, direct fuel injection, 16-valve, double-overhead cam (DOHC)
DrivetrainRWD or 4WDRWD or 4WD
Engine size/displacement1,898cc2,999cc
Fuel typeDiesel
Cylinders4, inline
Fuel tank capacity76 litres
Max. power110kW @ 3,600rpm140kW @ 3,600rpm
Max. torque350Nm @ 1,800-2,600rpm450Nm @ 1,600-2,600rpm
Fuel consumption (best model, combined)7.0L/100km (Single-cab chassis XS)7.7L/100km (various)
Acceleration (0-100km/h)N/A
Emissions standardEuro 5
Top speed (km/h)N/A
SecurityEngine immobiliser and alarm
Transmission6-speed manual (or 6-speed automatic)
Towing capacity (unbraked/braked)750kg/up to 3,000kg750kg/up to 3,500kg

Mazda BT-50 fuel economy

For all our comparison reviews, we reference the Green Vehicle Guide, an Australian government-backed website with a database of official fuel economy numbers.

1.9-litre turbo diesel

Oddly, the 1.9-litre turbo diesel BT-50 is not included in the Green Vehicle Guide data. As a result, we had to reference the brochure's fuel economy numbers, which were as follows:

  • Combined: 7.0L/100km
  • Urban: 7.9L/100km
  • Extra: 6.6L/100km

Those figures are a tad behind its former sibling, the Ford Ranger, which promises as little as 6.5L/100km combined.

3.0-litre turbo diesel

As you'd expect, the larger 3.0-litre block uses more diesel. How much fuel will depend on the configuration of your BT-50. An RWD freestyle cab is supposed to be the most frugal on fuel, using the following:

  • Combined: 7.7L/100km
  • Urban: 9.5L/100km
  • Extra: 6.7L/100km

Driving 14,000kms, two-thirds of the time around town, would equate to an annual spend of $1,615 at the petrol station.

If you go for a 4x4 BT-50 model, fuel economy takes a bit of a hit. The figures can rise to the following on dual cabs:

  • Combined: 8.0L/100km
  • Urban: 10.2L/100km
  • Extra: 6.7L/100km

That makes for a higher annual fuel bill of around $1,702.

Something to know about fuel economy figures

Fuel economy figures are a result of a standardised testing procedure that is meant to reflect conditions you'd encounter on roads. However, it also has to be consistent across different brands and models. As a result, when you're driving on public roads, you might notice a different figure to the ones in the brochure. That's because of the dozens of variables you encounter on real-world streets, including things like traffic, hills, the mechanical condition of the vehicle and even the weather.

It is not uncommon to find that a vehicle varies by as much as 1.0L (or more) from the factory fuel economy numbers.

How much diesel did the Mazda BT-50 use during testing?

Helpfully, motoring journalists share the fuel economy they experience when testing. How does the BT-50 shape up then?

One of the journalists recorded 8.9L/100km across their testing. They were driving an auto GT model, which has a claimed combined fuel economy of 8.0L/100km, so 0.9L/100km higher. However, it's very normal to have a roughly 1.0L/100km difference to the factory fuel figures. That's pretty good, considering our years of looking over fuel usage. Another logged 1.7L/100km higher rates of diesel usage, so not brilliant, but still within touching distance of the factory figures. The final expert managed to log within 1.2L/100km of the official numbers, driving an XT freestyle model.

All in, the BT-50 seems to be capable of getting within a reasonable margin (an average of 1.26L/100km deviation for the utes on test) of the brochure fuel economy data.

Handling

Why review a ute's handling?

It seems like a strange idea to review a ute's handling. After all, they are large, heavy, commercial vehicles designed to carry loads and tackle off-road terrain. However, as more and more people buy a ute expecting to use it as their main vehicle, manufacturers have invested serious engineering time into making them drive as well as possible.

How does the Mazda BT-50 drive? For some of the testers, it was a standout characteristic. It was commented on by one of the reviewers that they didn't load up the tray, though some of them did. That's important because the heavy-duty suspension of most utes is designed to be carrying at least some weight all of the time.

One of the reviewers loaded up their BT-50 with 0.65 tonnes. In their mind, this made the handling more refined, which makes sense. As we noted above, ute manufacturers engineer the vehicles to be used for work. It was suggested that with this weight in the tray, the BT-50 handled as an SUV would.

Unladen, you can expect the suspension to be less relenting. However, one journalist commented that you could push the BT-50 a little more and the handling still held together, most of the time isolating the cabin from the road surface imperfections. The same writer also thought the new model was a significant improvement over its predecessor. Basically, for them, it was a nice middle ground between comfort and payload/towing capacity.

Steering response was described as a little hazy by one tester, but they did acknowledge that the BT-50 is a larger vehicle and that kind of sensation is a trademark of the ute segment. They added it was also rather agreeable when it was ambling around the suburbs. They even went as far as to say it was pleasing to drive, which is quite an accolade for a ute. Another motoring expert backed up this viewpoint, stating the steering wheel required little exertion from the driver. It seems the consensus was that the BT-50 works well at all speeds, whether chugging along in slow traffic or cruising at highway speeds. This notion was held by another one of the reviewers also.

One of the reviewers complained about the standard tyres fitted to some models, which they judged weren't off-road biased enough. However, if the extent of your off-roading is driving on a gravel road or onto a muddy construction site, they should be fine. This seems a little unfair, given that they are original equipment on many of the current ute options and so you could say it isn't a Mazda-specific gripe.

Overall, it seems the BT-50 is one of the better handling utes and certainly matches the D-Max since it shares the same mechanical componentry.

Interior and equipment

What's the interior of the Mazda BT-50 like?

If you haven't been in a ute for a long time, things have really changed over the last 10 years. The BT-50 is no different.

You can purchase a workhorse-spec model, but even that has things like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, reversing cameras, air conditioning, a USB charging port, cruise control and a 7-inch infotainment screen.

One of the testers wished that the interior was more Mazda-like, but that's because they were comparing the differences between the Isuzu D-Max and the BT-50. However, one of the reviewers suggested that the BT-50 is in the mix for best in class.

Reportedly, the seats in the BT-50 are nice and comfortable. One of the reviewers went as far as labelling them extremely comfortable and that statement was confirmed by at least one other tester. They also commended Mazda for the seat moulding, which they wrote hit the perfect balance between body contouring without being overly soft. A motoring journalist suggested there was ample adjustment available too.

Mazda's infotainment display was rated as one of the better screens in the ute class. Most of the reviewing panel suggested the screen responded quickly to inputs.

Space in the back, on the say-so of one of our expert panellists, is at the leading end of the ute segment. Second-row occupants (in dual cabs) shouldn't feel cramped as the journos found there was ample room, making the BT-50 a great option for family buyers. A panellist did suggest that on lower-spec XT models, things were a bit spartan back there, but that would be true of any entry-spec vehicle. Ostensibly, you can fit 3 large humans back there without much fuss.

On the topic of practicality, it appears the BT-50 met most reviewers' expectations. Journos deemed the various pockets, cubbies, bins and storage points as liberal.

Cabin build quality, at least on the GT grade BT-50, got a thumbs up on the whole. Motoring writers determined that the materials were a bit more premium with some soft-touch elements that they often look for. One of the downsides of the BT-50 compared to its cousin, the D-Max, was the rearrangement of the dash. The BT-50 misses out on a storage bin on top of the dash and it was judged that the centre cupholders were too large to hold smaller coffee cups. Also, one of the testers didn't like that Mazda had ditched the cupholders that pop out on the D-Max dashboard.

As we've said numerous times throughout the review, the BT-50 inherits a lot of its safety assistance tech straight from Isuzu. You get all the usual ones you've come to expect from a modern vehicle, and in fact, the BT-50 and its sibling are thought of as being first in class. However, one of the car reviewers found some of the assists a little overbearing at times, but they noted that it is better to have an overly keen safety assist rather than the alternative.

All in all, it sounds like the BT-50 is a very comfortable, practical ute that'll work just as well for a tradie as it will for a family. There were a few minor quibbles observed, but nothing that would be a dealbreaker. Still, always make sure you test drive any vehicle you're thinking of buying.

Mazda BT-50 safety, security and driver assists

Mazda BT-50 XSMazda BT-50 XTMazda BT-50 XTRMazda BT-50 GTMazda BT-50 SPMazda BT-50 Thunder
ANCAP rating5 star (tested 2020)Not included in ANCAP rating
Front & rear curtain airbagsDual cabDual cab
Front curtain airbagSingle cabSingle/freestyle cab✖️✖️✖️✖️
Front driver & passenger airbags
Front side airbag
Driver far side airbag
Driver's knee airbag
Alarm
Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
Auto-dimming rear-view mirror✖️✖️
Attention assist
Blind-spot monitor (BSM)
Electronic stability control (ESC)
Electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD)
Brake assist
Emergency lane keeping (ELK) - overtaking
Emergency stop signal (ESS)
Forward collision warning (FCW)
High-mount stop light
Hill descent control (HDC)
Hill launch assist (HLA)
Intelligent speed limiter (ISL)
Lane departure prevention (LDP)
Lane departure warning (LDW)
Lane-keep assist system (LAS)Auto only
Locking rear diff (LRD)4x44x44x44x44x44x4
Manual speed limiter (MSL)
Front parking sensors✖️✖️✖️
Rear parking sensorsDual cabDual cabDual cab
Rear cross-traffic alert (RCTA)
Remote engine start✖️✖️✖️Auto onlyAuto onlyAuto only
Reverse camera
Roll-over protection (ROP)
Front seatbelt warning with occupant detection system
Rear seatbelt warning with occupant detection systemDual cabDual cabDual cab
Secondary collision reduction
Side-impact door beams
Traction control system (TCS)
Traffic sign recognition (TSR)
Trailer sway control (TSC)
Turn assist
Advanced keyless entry, with push-button start✖️✖️Dual-cab pick-up, chassis
Automatic high beam (AHB)
Autonomous emergency braking (AEB)
Auto on/off headlight function
Dual-speed wipers with rain-sensing function

Mazda BT-50 interior and comfort features

Mazda BT-50 XSMazda BT-50 XTMazda BT-50 XTRMazda BT-50 GTMazda BT-50 SPMazda BT-50 Thunder
7-inch infotainment touchscreen✖️✖️✖️✖️
9-inch infotainment touchscreen✖️✖️
Apple CarPlay (wireless or USB)
Android Auto (USB)
Front USB charging port
Rear USB charging port✖️Dual-cab chassis, dual-cab pick-up
Cruise control
Bluetooth hands-free smartphone and audio connectivity
DAB+ digital radio
Aux jack (3.5mm mini-input)
Sat-nav✖️✖️Dual cab
Speakers2 - Single cab

4 - Dual cab

6 - Dual cab 4x4

2 - Single cab, Freestyle cab

4 - Dual cab

6- Dual-cab chassis 4x4, dual-cab pick-up 4x4

6 - Dual cab 4x2

8 - Dual-cab chassis 4x4, dual-cab pick-up 4x4

Leather-wrapped steering wheel & gear knob✖️✖️
Steering wheel-mounted audio controls
iPod compatible USB-audio input
Driver's seatSingle-cab chassis: Height adjustable, rake and slide adjustment

Dual-cab pick-up: Adjustable head restraint, height adjustment, rake and slide adjustment

Single-cab chassis: Height adjustable, rake and slide adjustment

Freestyle-cab chassis/Dual-cab chassis/Dual-cab pick-up: Adjustable head restraint, height adjustment, rake and slide adjustment

Dual-cab pick-up: Adjustable head restraint, height adjustment, rake and slide adjustment, lumbar adjustmentDual-cab pick-up: 8-way power adjustment, adjustable head restraint, height adjustment, rake and slide adjustment, lumbar adjustmentDual-cab pick-up: 8-way power adjustment, adjustable head restraint, height adjustment, rake and slide adjustment, lumbar adjustmentDual-cab pick-up: 8-way power adjustment, adjustable head restraint, height adjustment, rake and slide adjustment, lumbar adjustment
Heated front seats✖️✖️✖️
Black cloth seats✖️✖️✖️
Brown leather seat trim✖️✖️✖️✖️
Black & driftwood leather with a synthetic suede✖️✖️✖️✖️✖️
Front passenger seat adjustable head restraint, rake/slide adjustment
Rear bench seatsDual-cab pick-up: Adjustable head restraints, 60/40 foldable seat base and under-seat storageDual-cab pick-up: Adjustable head restraints, 60/40 foldable seat base and under-seat storageDual-cab pick-up: Adjustable head restraints, 60/40 foldable seat base and under-seat storage, centre armrestDual-cab pick-up: Adjustable head restraints, 60/40 foldable seat base and under-seat storage, centre armrestDual-cab pick-up: Adjustable head restraints, 60/40 foldable seat base and under-seat storage, centre armrestDual-cab pick-up: Adjustable head restraints, 60/40 foldable seat base and under-seat storage, centre armrest
4.2-inch LCD multi-information display
Adaptive cruise control (ACC) with stop & goAuto only
A/C✖️✖️✖️✖️
Dual-zone A/C✖️✖️
One-touch up/down driver's window
Ambient temperature display
Vinyl floor covering✖️✖️✖️✖️
Carpet floor covering✖️✖️
12V auxiliary power outlet
Upper glove box
Lower glove box (lockable)
Roof-mounted glasses holder
Centre armrest console
Cupholders
Door bins
Steering wheel tilt/reach adjustment
Trip computer
Driver's vanity mirror✖️✖️
Passenger's vanity mirror
Rear window demister✖️Freestyle-cab chassis, Dual-cab chassis

Mazda BT-50 exterior highlights

Mazda BT-50 XSMazda BT-50 XTMazda BT-50 XTRMazda BT-50 GTMazda BT-50 SPMazda BT-50 Thunder
Wheels17-inch steel (silver)17-inch alloys (silver)18-inch alloys (machined, black)18-inch alloys (machined, black))18-inch alloys (metallic black)18-inch alloys (satin black)
Daytime running lamps (DRL - halogen)Dual-cab chassis✖️✖️✖️
Daytime running lamps (DRL - LED)✖️✖️Dual-cab pick-up
LED headlights with manual levelling✖️✖️✖️✖️
LED headlamps with signature illumination with auto-levelling✖️✖️
Manual roller tonneau cargo box cover✖️✖️✖️✖️✖️
Power-operated roller tonneau cargo box cover✖️✖️✖️✖️✖️
Tub liner✖️✖️✖️✖️
LED 20-inch Lightforce light bar✖️✖️✖️✖️✖️
Front fog lamps✖️✖️
Black steel single-hoop bullbar✖️✖️✖️✖️✖️
Black sailplane sports bar✖️✖️✖️✖️✖️
Black steel sports bar✖️✖️✖️✖️✖️
Front mudflaps
Rear mudflapsDual-cab pick-upDual-cab pick-upDual-cab pick-up
Body-colour rear step bumperDual-cab pick-upDual-cab pick-up
Body-colour door handles✖️✖️✖️✖️
Chrome door handles✖️✖️✖️
Gloss black door handles✖️✖️✖️✖️✖️
Power-adjustable door mirrors
Power-folding door mirrors✖️✖️
Heated exterior mirrors✖️✖️✖️
Body colour exterior mirrors✖️✖️✖️
Chrome exterior mirrors✖️✖️✖️✖️
Gloss black exterior mirrors✖️✖️✖️✖️✖️
Power windows
Roof rails✖️✖️✖️✖️✖️
Grey/silver side steps✖️✖️✖️✖️
Grey side steps✖️✖️✖️✖️✖️
Black side steps✖️✖️✖️✖️✖️
Underbody impact protection

Verdict

Mazda teaming up with Ford to make the previous generation BT-50 was a stroke of genius, as that platform is still widely considered to be the best ute around despite its age. Some wondered how the BT-50 would turn out once Mazda ditched the blue oval in favour of Isuzu. By the sounds of what we've analysed, it seems Mazda's approach has paid off.

With the BT-50, you've got a refined, safe and practical ute that drives well. It is more pricey than its twin-under-the-skin, but it's also subjectively better-looking than the D-Max and is aimed at a different buyer. If image is an important thing to you, then this could sway things – as could Mazda's interior design.

If you're looking for a ute, stick the Mazda BT-50 on your shortlist, especially if you're chewing over the D-Max. That way, you can see whether it's worth the extra money for all the Mazda extra touches.

This Mazda BT-50 review includes the expert opinions of 4 unique car reviewers. We do this so you can save time. Now you've got a little extra time on your hands, it's well worth comparing car insurance and car loans because you may be able to save hundreds of dollars.

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