2005 Mazda Tribute

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$19,765

starting MSRP

Key specs

Base trim shown

SUV

Body style

5

Seating capacity

174.4” x 67.7”

Dimensions

Front-wheel drive

Drivetrain

Overview

The good:

  • Easy-to-manage size
  • Maneuverability
  • V-6 performance
  • Four-cylinder fuel economy
  • Crash-test ratings

The bad:

  • Noise
  • Short seat bottoms
  • Occasional floatiness
  • Lack of low-range gearing

2 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

  • i

    $19,765

  • s

    $23,100

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Notable features

  • More powerful four-cylinder
  • Available V-6
  • Available 4WD
  • Carlike driving feel
  • Sporty suspension tuning

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.4
  • Interior 4.1
  • Performance 4.1
  • Value 4.3
  • Exterior 4.4
  • Reliability 4.6
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Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Really good buy.

Purchased the 2005 Tribute AWD 4 cylinder A/T new, daily driver and for weekend trips. Currently (2023) has 280k miles. As a precaution at 250k miles, we O/H'd the tranny, O/H'dm rear differential, replaced rubber brake lines, throttle cable, wheel bearings, u-joints. Didn't replace CV joints, as they are still tight. Interior is holding up well, exterior paint showing some age from being parked outside. I run Toyo AT tires, rated for 55k miles, 3 sets now exceeded 75k miles with one set going 85k. Only thing I don't like is the road noise from the (traction) tires. 21 mpg city, 25 hwy. Without cruise control. Very reliable, no surprises. Paid $16k new, spent $6k a couple years ago on repairs. Was worth it. It's a no frills rig that never lets me down. Not a lot of electronic stuff to fail. 4 stars overall because the seats could've been softer.

2.0

Horrible gas mileage!!!

Absolutely HORRIBLE GAS MILEAGE!! Unbelievably horrible gas mileage!!! Costs a fortune to run this rust bucket!! The first costly repair and the junk is history!

4.0

Was told the engine was to strong for the transmis

I purchased a 2005 Mazda Tribute brand new at 17 months the transmission went out. 5 years later it went out again since the last transmission was a rebuilt one running go

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Safety

Based on the 2005 Mazda Tribute base trim.
Frontal driver
4
Frontal passenger
4
Nhtsa rollover rating
3
Side driver
5
Side rear passenger
5

Warranty

New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
48 months/50,000 miles
Corrosion
60 months/unlimited distance
Powertrain
48 months/50,000 miles
Roadside assistance
48 months/50,000 miles