2003 Mazda Tribute ES-V6 4WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)
Mazda Tribute has done a great job on its compact car based performance SUV. It's certainly a SUV with a sports car soul. The 201-HP 3.0L V6 is powerful for exhilaration but not as much for towing. Measured 0-60MPH time was 7.48 seconds. The 4WD system works very well on snow, ice, and muddy dirt. The FWD system does show some very torquey steering, at least with the 6-cyl. The seats are sort of uncomfy, but only on long trips. Highway ride and performance is excellent. Handles bumps so-so. 7-speaker stereo works great. AC/heat works well. Reliability after 48k miles has been excellent except for some minor audio display twitches. Buy this car for a used car, and opt for the 6-cyl DOHC engine.
Engine exhilaration and performance, 7 speaker brand name surround sound, sunroof operation, sporty interior, sport-tuned suspension, fog light performance, off-road capability for a FWD/AWD SUV, race-car like engine noise, passing performance, A/C and heating, and start-up in subzero temperatures.
Shift knob is a nuisance, add some more luxury amenities, make the seats a little more comfy and thick, torquey steering FWD V-6 should be a RWD, upgrade wheels from 16" to 17", add a polished tailpipe, add a nicer-looking more reliable audio system display with RDS, add a power passenger seat.