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Mazda Tribute

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Overview of the Mazda Tribute

Learn about the Mazda Tribute

Summary

The Mazda Tribute is a compact SUV that was made between 2000 and 2011. It has impressive fuel economy for its class, seating for five and ample cargo space. Drivers also have the choice of automatic or manual transmission. Even though the vehicle is coming up to 10 years old, you can easily find affordability in high trim levels. Due diligence is always recommended when buying pre-owned vehicles, and we suggest test-driving more than one Mazda Tribute model to get a better feel for what you’re looking for.

Safety

As an older SUV, you won’t find active safety features that are starting to become standard on more modern vehicles. However, the Mazda Tribute has plenty of safety equipment from 2008 onward, such as:

  • Child safety locks
  • Traction control, which helps you navigate slippery roads
  • Electronic Stability Control, which detects your car’s loss of traction and reduces it
  • All-wheel drive, which is optional on every trim, and can help reduce the chances of skidding

Anti-lock brakes, preventing your tires from skidding across slippery surfaces, became standard across all trims from 2005. The final iteration of the Mazda Tribute in 2011 received a lower-than-average safety rating, unlike its 2010 version, which received positive reviews.

Interior

Air conditioning and power windows have always been available on all trims. The rearview camera is optional on 2010 and 2011 models on the highest trim level. When looking for bonus features, we recommend test-driving the highest trim models, such as the ES, as they offer more added perks that modern drivers often expect, such as:

  • Leather seating (all models years)
  • Heated front seats (from 2003)
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror with a built-in compass (since 2004)
  • Illuminated vanity mirrors (since 2010)

Technology

The auxiliary jack became available in the 2008 base model, and the MP3 player was introduced in the 2009 V6 GT. By the 2008 model, drivers also had optional satellite radio, along with the CD player and AM/FM radio. Other tech features throughout some models of the Tribute include keyless entry, remote engine start and a vehicle anti-theft system.

Space

As a midsize SUV, there is only one row of passenger seating in the rear. The final Mazda Tribute model offered plenty of trunk space. However, if passengers want to give themselves more legroom, they might have a hard time adjusting the backseat.

Comfort

If you have a sensitive back, we recommend test-driving the Mazda Tribute Grand Touring—the highest trim level—for the added lumbar support alone. While if you're after a powerful car, we recommend test-driving the Mazda Tribute from 2009 onward, as the model was released with a new power-boosted engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. Manual transmission is also available on the base trim if you like the feel of a sportier drive. You may experience below-average handling on the Tribute, so hold on tight when turning sharp corners. On the other hand, you might be pleasantly surprised by the Mazda Tribute’s above-par fuel economy.

Pros and cons of the Mazda Tribute

  • Spacious interior for small SUV
  • All-wheel drive standard in top models
  • Optional V6 engine
  • Ceased production in 2011
  • Limited high-tech features
  • High fuel consumption from V6
This is general information and should not be relied on as purchasing advice.

Specifications of the Mazda Tribute

Key specifications available across all trim levels
  • Seats5
  • Doors5
  • Fuel typeGas
  • TransmissionAutomatic or Manual
  • City consumption9.2 - 12.5 L/100km
  • Highway consumption7.1 - 9.1 L/100km
  • Width1805 - 2065 mm
  • Length4443 mm
  • Trunk space826 - 888 L
  • Cargo space1874 - 1904 L
Exact values depend on trim and engine choice.

Trims available with the Mazda Tribute

What is a trim? Trims are different options of the same car with different features and equipment. The specs depend on the trim you choose.This variant of the Mazda Tribute 2008 - 2011 is available in 3 trims:

GX trim features and specs

Available with the GX trim:
  • Multifunction steering wheel (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Electric windows
  • Emergency wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the GX trim:
  • Four-wheel drive (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Fog lights
  • Roof bars
  • Roof rails
  • Short wheel base
Available with the GX trim:
  • Front-wheel drive
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Disc brakes
  • Electronic traction control
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the GX trim:
  • CD player
  • Cruise control (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Hill start assist (optional)
  • MP3-CD player
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
4 engines are available with the GX trim:
2.3 L - Gas - 153 hp
City consumption:9.4 - 10.9 L/100km
Highway consumption:7.1 - 8.5 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic or Manual
Range:632 - 738 km
2.5 L - Gas - 171 hp
City consumption:9.2 - 10.9 L/100km
Highway consumption:7.2 - 7.9 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic or Manual
Range:645 - 795 km
3 L - Gas - 200 hp
City consumption:11.7 - 12.5 L/100km
Highway consumption:8.2 - 9.1 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:563 - 613 km
3 L - Gas - 240 hp
City consumption:11.5 - 12.1 L/100km
Highway consumption:7.7 - 8.3 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:596 - 675 km

GS trim features and specs

Available with the GS trim:
  • Driver seat has lumbar support
  • Electrically adjustable front seats
  • Front seats have lumbar support
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Multifunction steering wheel
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Electric windows
  • Emergency wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the GS trim:
  • Four-wheel drive (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Fog lights
  • Roof bars
  • Roof rails
  • Short wheel base
Available with the GS trim:
  • Front-wheel drive
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Disc brakes
  • Electronic traction control
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the GS trim:
  • CD player
  • Cruise control
Available across all trims:
  • Hill start assist (optional)
  • MP3-CD player
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
2 engines are available with the GS trim:
3 L - Gas - 200 hp
City consumption:11.7 - 12.5 L/100km
Highway consumption:8.2 - 9.1 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:563 - 613 km
3 L - Gas - 240 hp
City consumption:11.5 - 12.1 L/100km
Highway consumption:7.7 - 8.3 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:596 - 675 km

GT trim features and specs

Available with the GT trim:
  • Driver seat has lumbar support
  • Electrically adjustable front seats
  • Front seats have lumbar support
  • Heated front seats
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Multifunction steering wheel
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Electric windows
  • Emergency wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the GT trim:
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Sunroof
Available across all trims:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Fog lights
  • Roof bars
  • Roof rails
  • Short wheel base
Available with the GT trim:
  • Dimming interior mirror (optional)
  • Dusk sensor
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Disc brakes
  • Electronic traction control
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the GT trim:
  • CD disc changer
  • Cruise control
  • Rear sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • Satellite radio (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Hill start assist (optional)
  • MP3-CD player
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
2 engines are available with the GT trim:
3 L - Gas - 200 hp
City consumption:12.5 L/100km
Highway consumption:9.1 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:563 km
3 L - Gas - 240 hp
City consumption:12.1 L/100km
Highway consumption:8.3 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:596 - 635 km

Frequently asked questions about the Mazda Tribute

No—the Mazda Tribute was produced from model year 2001 until 2011. It holds the distinction of being Mazda's first original SUV.

A new Mazda Tribute retailed for just over $20,000. A pre-owned vehicle starts at around $3,000 and reaches $10,000 for the highest trim and latest model year.

In 2012, the Mazda Tribute was replaced by the Mazda CX-5, which is a compact crossover SUV still in production.

The Mazda Tribute and Ford Escape are built on the same platform and offered Ford engines at launch. A four-cylinder Mazda engine with automatic transmission was introduced in the 2005 model.

Front-wheel drive is the standard Mazda Tribute drivetrain. All-wheel drive is available on certain trim levels and transmission options only.