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By Cars.com Staff
September 30, 2009
Vehicle Overview 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.
Exterior 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
Interior 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
Under the Hood 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.