2002 Mazda Tribute consumer reviews

$18,155–$19,855 MSRP range
side view of 2002 Tribute Mazda
100% of drivers recommend this car
Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.4
  • Interior design 4.1
  • Performance 4.4
  • Value for the money 4.7
  • Exterior styling 4.5
  • Reliability 4.5
Explore the 2002 Mazda Tribute




Love it! But not happy with recalls Mazda wont fix

Since we bought the Tribute we've been replacing EGR VALVE and now the 3rd gear needed repair! Replaced coils 3 times (#5)! But it's been a great ride! Drives great on highway! Good on gas! Pretty SUV!


a very good family car

The car (tribute 2001/2002) is becoming popular in Nigeria esp in Lagos where I live. A very rugged vehicle, able to cope with many bad roads around here but the only problem is that it consumes fuel ? like camel, when I complained to my mechanic, he said the car was designed like that nut my Lexus rx 300 and Benz ml 350 runs well on fuel. I need solution to this number problem.


Amazing road tripper, gas tank too small.

I have own this car only a year and only driven it about 4 months of that, and I've already put 11,000km on it and done 3 long-haul road trips. The interior comfort is far beyond what other cars its age provide. Leg room in the back seat is amazing. Interior design incorporates the slightly unattractive materials common to the day, but the actual layout is extremely modern and satisfying. Highly enjoy having a truck-style shifter rather than a stick-style shifter in the middle. This little beauty's only downside is the size of the gas tank - It's pretty good on gas for its size, power and age, but the gas tank is just too darned small. Couldn't even go 6 hours of mountain highway driving on one tank. Really kills a road trip when your tank runs out. Big enough to sleep in the back, big enough to fit furniture into, and super comfy, this car will not let you down. Buy it if you're looking for something that drives like a car but has the suspension of a 4x4.


Reliable and convenient for all seasons

I have to commute 16 Miles back and forth to go to work and I want to trade this car while it still in good shape.


Best Value for the Money

I bought my 2002 Tribute ES V6 new fully loaded. Had it for 8 years until a 90 year old lady totaled it while parked at 77k miles. It was a great SUV. The things I replaced: Brake booster, front Brake pads, idle control unit, one recall of Accelarator cable and that was all. It had great handling, very nice engine. Had good pickup on the highway. I think it is the best midsize SUV for the money,


even so, glad I got it

I bought this off craigslist from someone who told me it was a safe vehicle when it was not. I got a buyer's inspection after i bought and found numerous problems, some of which make it unsafe to drive. this vehicle was obviously mechanically not taken care of. but even with the abuse, it is still an amazing vehicle. the body is in good shape, the interior has seen better days but is still comfortable and mostly decent. even with bad & mismatched tires on a 4x4, has still handled the Alaskan winter driving just fine. i currently take the bus instead of driving as much as possible due to the unsafe mechanical condition, but hope to get it fixed soon, one way or another. this has 178000 and still has plenty of life left after it gets fixed.


Good bang for the buck

I bought this car(LX v6 4x4 white/tan) after I sold my bmw 330ci. I needed a car with more room and more off road capabilities. Originally looking for a ford escape but then came across a good deal on a tribute which i found out was pretty much the same car. Interior is not the prettiest but its functional and has a lot of use. Like the largge storage compartment in between the front seats and all the cupholders. Also like all the power outlets and the one in the back is useful. Exterior is descent looking. I love the way the car drives around town. You drive it more like a car than an suv and parking is an ease compared to those who have driven full size trucks and SUVs. Dont have to worry about all the potholes and bumps in the road as with the bmw. Not the best on the freeway at high speeds because has quite a lot of wind noise so i just turn up the stereo. Stock speakers are great with an upgraded alpine ipod deck. Took the car off roading and it handled just as great as my dads f150. Gas mileage is ok. About the same as the i6 in the bmw around town but hightway is not nearly as good as the bmw. Overall great suv for those who like the outdoors but dont see the need of having a gas guzzling huge waste of space suv or large truck.


Nice SUV for little $

I've had my Tribute since 2003. It was 1 year old when I got it. My mazda now is 7 years and has 210,000 miles on it. And still gives me good gas mileage. I traveled along east coast many times and this little SUV got me from point to point. Very reliable and spacious for the size. However, very sensitive on bumps; drivers side door handle broke about a year ago, I had to replace it; airbag light when on about half of a year ago; thermostat started to leak. Car served me extremely well over this 7 years. Now it is times to say "Goodbye". I would definitely suggest this car to anyone who is looking for an inexpensive SUV.


great small SUV

If you want an SUV that won't gobble up the gas, this is a great, sporty fun to drive option. Handles like a car, 18/24 mpg can't be beat in this category. You get a lot for the money as a loaded up version can be had for under 30k new. I have owner one for 8 years with little repair issues. Lots of room for two kids and two dogs in the back! only complaint is a little wind noise.