2002 Mazda Tribute 3.0L V6 4-speed Automatic Consumer Review - Best value in mini-SUVs
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2002 Mazda Tribute SUV - Consumer Review

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Best value in mini-SUVs
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2002 Mazda Tribute ES-V6 2WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

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We just rolled over 10K trouble-free miles in our 2wd Tributes ES. The Tribute has to be the best value in the mini-SUV market. It has as much or more passenger room (especially in the backseat) and cargo room as some midsize SUVs but in the size and price of a mini-SUV. My wife likes the driving position, its small proportions and low step-in height. It handles well for a tall vehicle, has great power, brakes and steering. The biggest surprise has been how smooth and quiet the engine and ride are. Plus we get 22 mpg in normal driving. Great value, highly recommended.

Favorite Features

Exterior styling and lots of room and power for the size and price. Smooth and quiet engine and ride. Very good standard stereo. Dual front power outlets very convenient; one for phone and one for aftermarket portable rear entertainment system.

Suggested Improvements

Driver seat uncomfortable. Intrusive column shifter, operation of the inboard and outboard HVAC vents is opposite, and stereo difficult to operate. Some interior materials look cheap and doors sound cheap. No auto climate control.
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