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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.

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.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews


5 of 5 people found this review helpful

Horrible!!

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

My first car and I HATE it. Literally one thing after another kept breaking down and has had 2 recalls from Mazda since I have had it. I drove it about 20 times if even that because it was always in the shop. The last thing that went bad was the head gaskets and I need to sell the truck as is because to fix it, it was $1600. If you don't want to go broke, do NOT buy this p.o.s.



7 of 7 people found this review helpful

Best car ive ever owned

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

got it in 2002 brand new, drive it everyday since now 100k miles...NOT ONE PROBLEM! the only thing thats been replaced is the battery. This thing can fly never expected it to be so fast. The steering is a little too tight but over all best car ive ever owned.



2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Reliable and good looking

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

We bought our Tribute LX used with 106,000 miles on it and haven't had any problems at all! We are now at 125,000, and took it on a road trip from CA to UT. This past week was very rainy and my husband went crashing through all the deep puddles and the #3 spark plug got wet, causing a misfire. However, after a day or so it dried up and ran normal again. It has plenty on room in the backseat for 2 carseats, with more than enough cargo space for our double-stroller. I love my "Mazzy" and would recommend it to anyone.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Loyal long-term friend

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

Purchased new as my wife's commuter and weekend driver. Living in Maine with grandchildren in Vermont, we learned quickly that it is terrific in the snow. Problem areas: front suspension work needed at 45,000 and new front axles due to rusted tone rings (part of ABS system) at 55,000. The torque converter stutters occasionally when downshifting, but otherwise the engine/drive train work seamlessly and after 8 years it still drives like new.



2 of 2 people found this review helpful

2002 mazda tribute es

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

I've owned this SUV for almost 8 years. It has been a reliable car. Some people even confuse it some times with an older Lexus RX300. Not sure what they are thinking, but I'll take the positive impression.




Great car!

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

This is my second Tribute, before this I had a 2003. This a great car that could last for a long time. Reliability is great, gas mileage is lacking, but that is expected with an SUV. Comfort is really good and it really gets up and goes with that V6 engine in it. GREAT CAR OVERALL!!



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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