Since their inception, the Tribute and Ford Escape have been built on the same platform. As in the past, the Tribute continues to share its unit-body design, powertrains and fully-independent suspension with its corporate cousins the Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner. It has a clear advantage in overall fuel economy, but is rated for trailers of no more than 1,000 pounds. Often it only attains between 385 and 425 kms per tank on the highway. Storage is plentiful throughout the cabin, offering cubbies on the doors and at the bottom of the centre stack and a large centre console with a liftout tray and storage underneath capable of swallowing a camera bag quite easily.
When it was new, reviewers thought the Tribute had comfortable front seats. My last one actually stalled the motor when it fried and had to be replaced. There are now six airbags, with the dual front units now supplemented by front-side and side-curtain bags. City mileage ranges from 17-19 and highway ranges from 21-25. Had hoped for 20mpg, but no big deal. My tester was the front-wheel-drive four-cylinder model, but it handled the slippery winter conditions quite handily. Steering feedback is strong and predictable, helped by the stiffer suspension.
Other Cars to Consider Based on the same platform, the is a solid alternative to the Tribute. Anyone who plans major towing or toting on a regular basis in any Tribute would be better served by the more powerful V6. Some reviewers said it is comfortable and corners well, while others said the ride is uncomfortably rough and the handling subpar. If you are considering mpg estimates as one of the primary buying options, scroll down for Mazda Tribute gas mileage competitors. So, back to the converter. The standard 2008 Mazda Tribute can be fitted with either a 2. The vehicle is in mint condition, 86,000 km.
I thought a brake might have been dragging, but that seems unlikely since it was new and it rolls easily in neutral. I drive a lot with the cruise on at 5-10k- above the speed limit which is maxed at 100 k in Ontario. Significant changes to the body for the 2008 redesign saw a beefed-up, more mature Tribute emerge. Others thought they were easy to use and well-placed. Driving It Like many of its compact peers, the 2009 Mazda Tribute is easy to drive and easy to live with on a daily basis. Obviously, you need to specify the year of production in the first place as Mazda Tribute fuel economy gets better almost every year.
Even still, anti-lock brakes and electronic brake force distribution come standard, as do a full complement of front and rear airbags. But one thing cannot be denied. The 2009 model features some nice revisions over the 2008. Vehicle Details The Tribute's cabin is now even quieter and pairs contrasting light and dark interior trim panels on all models. The rest of the miles were in the city 20 percent , in the suburbs 0 percent , and in heavy traffic 0 percent.
So if lousy mileage is your concern, maybe the converter is the culprit. Squared-off primary lines resolve into nicely rounded edges while a prominent glass area gives the cabin an open, airy feel. If you are in the market for the most fuel-efficient Mazda Tribute model, you can turn your sights to the turbocharged engine. This slick computer-commanded system can transfer up to 50 percent of the available power to the rear wheels almost instantly, as well as shift it left-to-right to optimize overall traction. For 2009, base models receive an all-new 2. The Tribute's large, pentagonal grille imparts a distinctive Mazda flavor to the front fascia and its crisp shoulder ridge is effectively reinforced by large fender flares that house not-so-large 16-inch alloy wheels. Unlike its Ford twin, the Tribute unfortunately does not offer a colour touch-screen navigation system on any trim levels.
Despite the power boosts, both engines produce a slight increase in fuel economy, primarily because of the new smooth-shifting Ford six-speed automatic transmission, which is standard on the V6 and optional on the I4. While a four-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission is standard for either the four or the six cylinder Tributes, the four-banger can also be fitted with a five-speed manual transmission. While they felt that overall rear-seat space is good, some reviewers complained that the back seats are a bit too flat to be comfortable. Space is plentiful both front and rear, offering substantial leg and head room in all five seating positions, although the back seat could become a bit snug with three adults sitting side-by-side. Higher trims come equipped with a seven-speaker sound system, heated front seats and a power-adjustable driver seat. At the rear, a one-piece hatch with a bumper-level cutout simplifies loading and incorporates a pop-up glass element that permits carrying longer items, from ladders to surfboards.
However, the standard Roll Stability Control system does an exemplary job of maintaining confidence, even on twisty roads. Inside, the Tribute has new seats which, although comfy, are still a bit soft and cushy for the sportier ride that Mazda is going for. The Mazda Tribute debuted in the 2001 model year, along with its corporate cousin, the. Leave a Comment Name Mail Website. Gasoline-powered 2009 Tributes are fitted with either an all-new Mazda-designed 2. Most midsize sedans do not do much better, especially in V6 form. .
Gauges are legible, stow-space generous and key controls well-placed and logically arrayed, but bright sun conditions tend to create annoying reflections on the glossy Piano Black accent bits and frequently overpower the already marginal clock-and-radio digital display readout. Some reviewers disliked the way that controls blended into the dashboard, making them hard to distinguish. Unless you carry microfibre cloths and detailing spray with you at all times, the trim could become annoying to keep clean. To help ensure broad appeal, the Tribute offers seating for five, both four-cylinder and six-cylinder engines, front or all-wheel drive and three different trim levels. It has been serviced since day one at the oil is done at 5000k and filters are checked. Those who place a premium on fuel economy will find much to like with the new 2.