2006 Mazda Tribute consumer reviews

$20,115–$22,435 MSRP range
side view of 2006 Tribute Mazda
82% of drivers recommend this car
Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.2
  • Interior design 4.2
  • Performance 4.0
  • Value for the money 4.4
  • Exterior styling 4.3
  • Reliability 4.5
Explore the 2006 Mazda Tribute

love this car

i love this car it is such an amazing car that I could of had for at least 10 more years. it is a reliable car that never fails to protect me. this is a car that I would recommend to anybody especially a new driver


Affordable and nice car to drive

Great car for anyone! lots of room and fun to drive. Good for all types and weather and roads and has good gas mileage for day to day driving.


12 years gone by fast

Very durable and reliable car I owned it for 12 years with no problem till we need bigger car for our family



I bought this car in a poor condition with 257000 km. It is the version with letter, power/heat package, cruise control, sunroof, etc. I have replaced the brake rotors, rods, back shocks, tires as they were bald because of the geometry. I put 1000 km/week on the car and after a year I have no problems. I'm using Liqui Moly fully synthetic oil and the engine runs smoothly. It is comfortable, very stable, handles well, does brake safely even on heavy rain. Consumption - 12-15 L/100 km, but being a permanent AWD it's not bad. The V6 engine and overdrive option gives a lot of power when you need it.


Good value vehicle.

I was looking for a Ford Escape. While doing some research I found that the 2006 Mazda Tribute was made side-by-side with the Escape by Ford here in the U.S. Mine is not fancy. The seats are just something to sit on. I'm not sure why, but mine has no cruise control, but it is a 5-speed. It's 4 cylinder FWD and so far I'm getting very good gas mileage. The exterior looks great and I've had a lot of positive comments about it. This was good buy for me.


I love my Mazda

I have been through two accidents with it (being hit from the rear). This car has held up great one was hit by an F150 the other I was just rear ended and they tagged the left side. Got her fixed and she still runs like new.


Second generation

n 2007 for the 2008 model year, the Tribute was significantly revamped, like its Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner siblings. Originally set to be renamed the Mazda CX-5, the vehicle kept the Tribute name. The changes were significant, but fell short of a "clean sheet" redesign, as the vehicles remained on the CD2 platform, and kept the old 2.3 L MZR I4, and 3.0 L AJ V6 engines.


Great fo the price.

This is my second Mazda Tribute. I love them. No issues. I am finding it harder and harder to find newer ones. Looking for a newer Mazda Tribute with towing package.


2006 Tribute, good value in a used car

Mazdas have recently been rated highest in used car reliability by JD Powers. Good enough for me. I own two 2006 Mazda Tribute i models, both are very reliable and get decent mileage for a 4 cyl. 4000 lb SUV. I also own a 2005 Mazda6i sedan, another great car. Cheap to operate and insure, they are bulletproof and very crash-worthy. My daughters and son-in-law recently survived a 65 mph cow strike, followed 10 seconds later by a t-bone hit at 40 mph by a big pickup pulling a loaded 2 horse trailer wearing a brush bar on the front... can you say "locomotive"? The three passengers came out with only minor bruises. After insurance totaled the rig, my daughter went out and bought another '06 Tribute... Can't blame her. It's one safe and reliable little truck.


poor transmission

initially i didn't like the a/c performances and i still don't. we purchased the car brand new. after 80,000 miles we are having to get new transmission. we are being told that they(repair company) see a lot of mazdas and ford escaptes with this problem. i am not a happy camper b/c i don't we should be replacing a transmission at 80,000 miles. we have always had the truck serviced.