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By Cars.com Staff
September 18, 2009
Vehicle Overview The Mazda Tribute, a sibling to the Mercury Mariner and Ford Escape, got a significant exterior and interior face-lift for 2008. For 2009, Mazda made a slew of mechanical changes designed to improve performance and efficiency, including new four-cylinder and V-6 engines. Sport, Touring and Grand Touring trim levels are offered. A hybrid model is listed elsewhere in the Cars.com Research section. The Tribute seats five and its competitors include the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V and Chevrolet Equinox.
New for 2010 There are no significant changes for 2010.
Exterior The outside of the Tribute didn't get as dramatic a face-lift as the Escape did for 2008. The grille lost its crossbar and the Mazda logo was moved up.
Standard 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels
Standard fog lights
Standard power mirrors
Standard automatic headlights
Optional heated mirrors
Optional power moonroof
Interior The Tribute has seating for five and a 60/40-split folding rear seat. The rear window opens independent of the liftgate.
Standard air conditioning
Standard cruise control
Standard power windows and locks
Cloth- or leather-trimmed seating
Available heated front seats
Available satellite radio
Under the Hood Tribute buyers get the choice of a four-cylinder or V-6 engine. A manual transmission is standard on the base model, and other models come with a six-speed automatic transmission, which is available on the base model.
171-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 171 pounds-feet of torque
240-hp, 3.0-liter V-6 with 223 pounds-feet of torque
Five-speed manual transmission
Optional six-speed automatic transmission
Front- or all-wheel drive
Safety Safety equipment includes:
Standard front, side-impact and side curtain airbags
Standard antilock braking system with electronic brake-force distribution