2008 Mazda Tribute Hybrid

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Key Specs

of the 2008 Mazda Tribute Hybrid. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Better mileage
  • Less pollution
  • Good cargo space in back with seats down
  • Standard side-curtain airbags
  • Rear window opens independent of liftgate

The Bad

  • Lost some of its unique look
  • Bland styling, inside and out

Notable Features of the 2008 Mazda Tribute Hybrid

  • Mazda's first hybrid
  • Same rugged styling as gas counterpart

2008 Mazda Tribute Hybrid Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Just a month or so after its Ford Escape and Escape Hybrid brethren debuted, Mazda has introduced the 2008 Tribute Hybrid. It's gotten some styling tweaks, including a new grille and interior, plus a rear window that now looks more like the Escape's.

Exterior
The outside of the Tribute Hybrid (and presumably the next conventional Tribute as well) didn't get as much of a face-lift as the Escape did. The grille loses its crossbar, and the Mazda logo has moved up, while the headlights and taillights are new. Fog lights are standard for both trim levels — the Touring and the Grand Touring. The windows taper and ascend toward the rear, in line with what many smaller SUVs are doing these days.

Interior
The Tribute still has seating for five, and there's a center console storage compartment that Mazda says is big enough to hold a laptop. The rear seat is split 60/40, and the Tribute has just shy of 30 cubic feet of storage space with the rear seats up; it's 66 cubic feet with them down. The rear window opens independent of the liftgate if you just need to toss your stuff into the back.

Under the Hood
Mazda says the Tribute's hybrid drivetrain allows the SUV to run solely on electricity up to 25 mph, which would make it one of the least-polluting cars available, according to the automaker. The Tribute makes a combined 155 horsepower and uses a continuously variable automatic transmission.

Safety
The Tribute gets front airbags that can sense ...
Vehicle Overview
Just a month or so after its Ford Escape and Escape Hybrid brethren debuted, Mazda has introduced the 2008 Tribute Hybrid. It's gotten some styling tweaks, including a new grille and interior, plus a rear window that now looks more like the Escape's.

Exterior
The outside of the Tribute Hybrid (and presumably the next conventional Tribute as well) didn't get as much of a face-lift as the Escape did. The grille loses its crossbar, and the Mazda logo has moved up, while the headlights and taillights are new. Fog lights are standard for both trim levels — the Touring and the Grand Touring. The windows taper and ascend toward the rear, in line with what many smaller SUVs are doing these days.

Interior
The Tribute still has seating for five, and there's a center console storage compartment that Mazda says is big enough to hold a laptop. The rear seat is split 60/40, and the Tribute has just shy of 30 cubic feet of storage space with the rear seats up; it's 66 cubic feet with them down. The rear window opens independent of the liftgate if you just need to toss your stuff into the back.

Under the Hood
Mazda says the Tribute's hybrid drivetrain allows the SUV to run solely on electricity up to 25 mph, which would make it one of the least-polluting cars available, according to the automaker. The Tribute makes a combined 155 horsepower and uses a continuously variable automatic transmission.

Safety
The Tribute gets front airbags that can sense the weight of occupants and how far the driver is sitting from the steering wheel, allowing the airbags to deploy with the appropriate amount of force. The Tribute's standard side airbags are built into the seats, not the doors, to better protect occupants no matter where the seat is, Mazda says. Side curtain airbags and antilock brakes are standard.


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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.0)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(3.5)
Comfort
(4.0)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

What Drivers Are Saying

(4.0)

we tow this behind a motorhome . great for that

by nascar fan from hemet ca on September 6, 2011

i had a 2002 tribute which had a lot more interrior quality than the 2008 - already the drivers seat had to be replaced because of poor material which woreout at 34000 miles . Read full review

(4.0)

Great Gas Milage

by Fat Elvis from CA on November 14, 2007

The Tribute Touring is much better than the older Models, Quite, Plenty off room... This is my First Hybrid.. So as far as that gose I can only compare to its Gas Brother... The Change from Electric ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2008 Mazda Tribute Hybrid currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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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 Hybrid 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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