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2003 Mazda Tribute DX Fwd 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M) DX Fwd 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
I bought this 2003 Tribute for my daughters who are competitive surfers as it has adequate room and a very good reputation. However, I like driving it so much they have to fight me to use it. I LOVE this little vehicle. It's just a blast to drive and it gets GREAT gas mileage. It's not the quality of my 2003 Toyota 4Runner, but it's more fun to mess around in and I'm not so burdened my the 4Runner's weight and size.
Sporty-fun-sports car-like steering, transmission and suspension. Gas mileage is awesome. Easy to perform regular maintenance.
Quality could be better, but it's no where near the price we paid for our Toyotas, so, I'm really not complaining. We had a Toyota RAV4 for awhile and the quality of that car wasn't really any better than that of the Tribute.