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Sport Utility
5 Seats
21-25 MPG
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Key specs of the base trim
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2001 Mazda Tribute Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
Ford owns a controlling interest in Mazda, and though the Japanese company still sells unique products, it shares the Tribute with its bosses in Dearborn, Mich. Tribute is a new sport utility vehicle developed by the two companies, and Ford’s version is the Escape. They are based on the front-drive platform for the Mazda 626 sedan but use Ford engines.

Like the Escape, Tribute is designed to lure buyers out of cars by offering the look of an SUV with carlike driving ease and the security of four-wheel drive but not true offroad capability.

Tribute gets Mazda back into the SUV business. Because Mazda builds only cars, its previous SUV entry was a clone of the two-door Ford Explorer, discontinued after the 1994 model year.

Exterior
Though the Tribute has the same shape as the Escape, it has a different grille, front fascia and headlamps, and unique exterior trim. It has similar dimensions and comes only as a four-door wagon with a rear liftgate that includes a flip-up window.

The overall length of 173 inches makes it 4 inches shorter than the Honda CR-V and 8 inches longer than the redesigned Toyota RAV4.

Interior
Five-passenger seating is complemented by a folding rear seat on LX and ES models that expands cargo room from a minimum of 17 cubic feet to 70. Leather upholstery and a power driver’s seat are standard on the ES, the most expensive model.

Under the Hood
Tribute has the same powertrain choices as Escape. The base engine is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 1...

Vehicle Overview
Ford owns a controlling interest in Mazda, and though the Japanese company still sells unique products, it shares the Tribute with its bosses in Dearborn, Mich. Tribute is a new sport utility vehicle developed by the two companies, and Ford’s version is the Escape. They are based on the front-drive platform for the Mazda 626 sedan but use Ford engines.

Like the Escape, Tribute is designed to lure buyers out of cars by offering the look of an SUV with carlike driving ease and the security of four-wheel drive but not true offroad capability.

Tribute gets Mazda back into the SUV business. Because Mazda builds only cars, its previous SUV entry was a clone of the two-door Ford Explorer, discontinued after the 1994 model year.

Exterior
Though the Tribute has the same shape as the Escape, it has a different grille, front fascia and headlamps, and unique exterior trim. It has similar dimensions and comes only as a four-door wagon with a rear liftgate that includes a flip-up window.

The overall length of 173 inches makes it 4 inches shorter than the Honda CR-V and 8 inches longer than the redesigned Toyota RAV4.

Interior
Five-passenger seating is complemented by a folding rear seat on LX and ES models that expands cargo room from a minimum of 17 cubic feet to 70. Leather upholstery and a power driver’s seat are standard on the ES, the most expensive model.

Under the Hood
Tribute has the same powertrain choices as Escape. The base engine is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 130 horsepower, and the optional engine is a 3.0-liter V-6 with 200 hp. The four-cylinder comes with only a five-speed manual and the V-6 with only a four-speed automatic. Front-wheel drive or a Ford four-wheel-drive system that engages automatically are available. Antilock brakes and side-impact airbags for the front seats are optional.

 

Reported by Rick Popely  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2001 Buying Guide

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.6
20 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.0)
Performance
(4.1)
Interior Design
(3.8)
Comfort
(4.2)
Reliability
(4.4)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

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(5.0)

Very great for commuting and it’s very spacey.

by Ramzieh from Anaheim, CA on November 15, 2019

It’s so great on the freeway, you get a clear view of the streets since it’s high about the ground. Comfortable seats and AC is pretty good as well. Read full review

(2.0)

Not a good Vehicle

by Ray from Medicine Hat on April 9, 2019

Very costly to maintain. Would not buy again. Always seems to breakdown. Should have been designed better. Do not purchase this vehicle please.Thank you very much Read full review

Safety

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The 2001 Mazda Tribute currently has 15 recalls


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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Tribute received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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