Only 3 flaws
By webjock on
Vehicle2002 Mazda Tribute ES-V6 2WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)
ReviewFun, 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.
Best FeaturesOverall driving experience is satisfying...it fits easily into parking spaces but still seems like a substantial vehicle, corners like a car but has cargo room of an SUV...has a strong drivetrain and comfortable interior. Zoom Zoom!
Worst Features3 flaws: Gear shift poorly placed on steering column; cheap plastic & rubber molding; and (DANGER!) potential for sudden power loss while driving. See main review for more details.
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