New and Used Mazda Tribute: Prices, Photos, Reviews, Specs – The Car Connection

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Mazda Tribute

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The Mazda Tribute is a compact utility vehicle that boxy and truck-like in silhouette but on car-based underpinnings. The Tribute is closely related to the Ford with only minor differences between the two, and been offered in a wide of guises over the years, four-cylinder, V-6, and Hybrid with front-wheel drive or drive. Alternatives, in addition to the have included the Toyota Honda CR-V, Subaru Chevrolet Equinox, Saturn and Kia Sportage.

For 2013, the Tribute has been by the all-new Mazda CX-5, a that, according to Mazda, is no at all related to the Escape.

2001 Mazda Tribute

introduced in 2001, about the time as the nearly identical Escape, the Tribute was originally for its handling compared to other of the time. With underpinnings were based on the Mazda 626 the Tribute did ride and handle far than truck-based utes.

engine offerings included a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine or a 3.0-liter V-6, with a manual offered on the four-cylinder or a automatic on both. For these the base four simply gutsy enough with and we recommend the V-6—although the 153-hp, engine subbed in for 2004 was a big

For 2008, a so-called second-generation went on sale (really a and somewhat reengineered version of the offering the same engine but with a significantly upgraded In 2009, powertrains were for the first time in years, a 171-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder as the engine and a 240-hp version of the V-6 on offer. Most models got a new automatic, although there was a front-wheel-drive base model with a manual transmission.

2009 Mazda Tribute

Also in 2008, Mazda a version of the Hybrid model Ford (Escape) and Mercury had received in previous model The Tribute Hybrid was powered by a four-cylinder engine plus two motor/generators (altogether making 155 hp) and a electronically controlled, planetary-gear system. With all-wheel-drive the rear wheels were by an additional motor system.

After its last series of the Tribute was quite competitive other compact crossovers the Honda CR-V and Subaru even though it had been years since a full or major exterior rethink. In years, we lauded the Tribute’s power and fuel economy, as as its safety, but found that it refinement next to some of more modern designs.

In recent years up until the discontinuation after the 2011 year, the Tribute just fit well into Mazda’s either; with its the brand’s image, and the crisp, aggressive cues, rakish rooflines, and athletic driving feel in other Mazda models, it was an outlier or a complete outsider in the portfolio.

You might find the Tribute rare on the used-car market as Over the years, the Mazda was a particularly slow-selling model—especially to the Escape, which has been the compact SUV or one of the top-selling ones for years.

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