Used Vehicle Review: Mazda Tribute, 2001-2011 –

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By Chris Chase; photos by Wilson

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The Tribute was introduced in 2001 as first compact SUV, and the first SUV, period, in (the Mazda Navajo, an SUV on the Ford Explorer, preceded the in the U.S. market). The Tribute was a cousin to the Ford Escape, styling touches to set it apart.

The Tribute#8217;s first major came in 2005, when the was upgraded to a 2.3-litre producing 153 hp and 152 of torque. The extra power Mazda was finally comfortable the automatic transmission as an option the smaller engine. Now, all-wheel drive could not be with the stickshift.

These 2005 models got a firmer suspension and revised styling. Other upgrades interior ergonomic improvements, relocation climate controls and a automatic shifter to replace the year#8217;s steering column-mounted

2008 Mazda Tribute. image to enlarge

In 2005, a (GX-I4) Tribute got such features as anti-lock brakes, wheels, heated power variable intermittent wipers, a rear wiper/washer, four-speaker CD air conditioning, power locks keyless entry, power tilt steering and a 60/40 folding rear seat.

There were no changes for and then no Tribute at all for 2007 same year the stylish and sportier CX-7 crossover the Mazda line), pending a along with its Escape for 2008. Mazda followed up the with new engines for 2009. models were now powered by a making 171 hp and 171 lb.-ft. and while the V6 a 3.0-litre, it now made 240 hp and 223 lb.-ft.

The base transmission remained a stick, but the automatic was an upgraded As before, four-cylinder/AWD Tributes only with the automatic.

Mazda Tribute. Click to enlarge

Standard kit remained similar, for the addition of Ford#8217;s capless filler and automatic door with the automatic transmission. The got a new overhead console with and the GS added steering wheel-mounted controls. Trim lines revised too, so that the GX was only, and GS and GT models used the V6.

In an exterior temperature gauge, locking doors and automatic volume control were standard across the line, and the GT a standard auto-dimming rearview with backup camera, illuminated vanity mirrors and door opener.

The Tribute was unchanged for 2011 and in 2012, as Mazda prepared for the of its all-new compact crossover, the

While Ford sold a version of the Escape, Mazda offered an equivalent Tribute.

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