The Tribute Hybrid, a clone of the Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner hybrids, is a full hybrid, capable of running on 100 percent electric power from its hybrid system. The car is available with front- or all-wheel drive. The Tribute Hybrid is sold in limited quantities only in California.
New for 2010
There are no significant changes for 2010.
A 2008 facelift dulled the Tribute's appearance instead of adding sparkle. It features body-color door handles and grille. There is a standard capless fuel-filler door and various optional attachments for the roof rack.
- Standard 16-inch alloy wheels
- Standard automatic headlights
- Standard fog lamps
- Standard power mirrors
- Standard roof rack
- Optional power moonroof
The Tribute Hybrid has seating for five. The rear window opens independent of the liftgate.
- Standard cloth seating
- Standard dual-zone automatic climate control
- Standard 110-volt electrical outlet
- Standard steering-wheel-mounted audio controls
- Standard cruise control
- Standard power windows and doors
- Standard satellite radio
- Optional leather seating
- Optional heated front seats
- Optional navigation system
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The Tribute Hybrid's drivetrain allows the SUV to run solely on electric power up to 25 mph or so, according to Mazda. The 153-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine is coupled to a 70-kilowatt electric motor.
- Electric power-assisted steering
- Electronically controlled continuously variable automatic transmission
- Front- or all-wheel drive
Safety equipment includes:
- Standard front, side-impact and side curtain airbags
- Standard antilock braking system with electronic brake-force distribution
- Standard stability control with anti-roll control
- Standard traction control
- Standard child-safety rear door locks