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Mazda Tribute Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.0 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 200 hp @ 6000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 17/23 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2002 Mazda Tribute

  • With rugged good looks, a stout V6 engine, plenty of room for four adults and their luggage, and a sport-tuned suspension that works beautifully on pavement, the Mazda Tribute might be the ultimate small SUV.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Stout V6 power, rugged good looks, roomy cabin, attractive pricing.

  • Cons

    Weak standard four-cylinder engine, no low-range transfer case.

  • What's New for 2002

    After an extremely successful introductory year, Mazda's Tribute SUV receives only minor modifications for 2002. DX models get additional standard equipment in the form of alloy wheels, dark-tinted glass and remote keyless entry. After a short production run, however, the DX-V6 model will be discontinued. Midgrade LX models can be ordered with ABS as a stand-alone option (last year it was bundled with side airbags) and with a six-way power driver seat. Both LX and ES models get a new driver lumbar support feature. Side step tubes are a new option on all Tribs, and four new colors debut for 2002.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 17
  • cty
/
  • 23
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



2002 tribute

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Vehicle: 2002 Mazda Tribute ES-V6 2WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

The main problem I've had with this car are the trouble lights. It has been in two accidents and they've never quite fixed the wiring.




Tess's view

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Vehicle: 2002 Mazda Tribute ES-V6 2WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

Excellent! Room for two car seats. Only small SUV with 1. leather (easier to wipe off children's mess) 2. sky/sun/moon roof (after a convertable, I really needed to see the sky! it makes watching out door events fun for the kids who like to stand up to see what's going on--& no, the car isn't moving; 3. roomier than the jeep or ford, 4. interior is better looking than the jeep or ford 5. handled a top rack and a bicyle rack, 6.options for the Tribute offer more of what I wanted than either the honda, ford, or jeep. The instrument panel in the jeep is highlighted and better for visual acuity. Over all, I'd buy another one, lots of fun and easy to take care of.




Problems starting vehicle

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Vehicle: 2002 Mazda Tribute ES-V6 2WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

The vehicle won't start. It takes about 4 tries before the car finally starts. This has happened countless times. The service person can't find the problem. Previously had the stalling problem twice. Had the door molding start coming down. Headlight has condensation in it. Hear squeking noise on the passenger door panel. Accelerator gets stuck & suddenly accelerates. To much brake dust.




I love my tribute!!

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Vehicle: 2002 Mazda Tribute ES-V6 2WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

I love my Tribute. I've owned it for over a year and have had no problems at all. It is a lot of fun to drive and looks great too. I also liked it better than the Ford Escape (the Escape has rubber on lower body instead of being painted). It has great power and brakes and tight steering. I would buy another one in a heartbeat!




Only 3 flaws

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Vehicle: 2002 Mazda Tribute ES-V6 2WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

Fun, like a car. Not as peppy as it seems, but still a potent 200 hp. Sits high off the ground with no fear of rollover. Corners and steers well, lots of hand grips throughout the cabin for rough terrain. 3 flaws: 1-Move shifter to floor--too easy to knock the 'Bute out of gear reaching for the radio. 2- Interior molding comes loose easily. 3- At highway speed, we had sudden power failure...no steering / brakes...engine died...scary! Mazda says most 'Butes do this, yet there's been no recall! Unacceptable! Nonetheless a satisfying ride. Worth a close look in the small to mid-sized SUV class.




I love it

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Vehicle: 2002 Mazda Tribute ES-V6 2WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

Advertised mileage is 19/25, I've been consistently getting 21/26 and even 27 on the highway if I keep it at around 70. It's quick, and handles well. Easily tows my 20 foot bayliner boat.



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Full 2002 Mazda Tribute Review

What's New for 2002

After an extremely successful introductory year, Mazda's Tribute SUV receives only minor modifications for 2002. DX models get additional standard equipment in the form of alloy wheels, dark-tinted glass and remote keyless entry. After a short production run, however, the DX-V6 model will be discontinued. Midgrade LX models can be ordered with ABS as a stand-alone option (last year it was bundled with side airbags) and with a six-way power driver seat. Both LX and ES models get a new driver lumbar support feature. Side step tubes are a new option on all Tribs, and four new colors debut for 2002.

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Talk About The 2002 Tribute

2002 Mazda Tribute Discussions See all Started By

boricuaso
boricuaso
07-23-2014
My Mazda tribute 2002 6 cyl will start up great and accelerate great too , but when you try to put it ine gear dirve or reverse it will shut down , just like that shut down . we scanned it but only co...


mtndriver
mtndriver
02-05-2006
Soon to buy my next 4WD, VERY happy w/ '97 RAV4. WOuld like something a little quieter, maybe a smidge more room and "pep" but these are 2ndary. CRITICAL for me is fuel economy & reli?...


luvmyescape1
luvmyescape1
05-09-2008
hi! own 2002 escape xlt,2005 tribute and just bought 2008 escape ltd.really love the size,utility of them. i tow pwc and 20'seadoo jetboat,loaded up fuel,etc 3500 lbs no problem,go 4 miles to/from lau...



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