2003 Mazda Tribute ES-V6 4WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)
Well, this 2003 Mazda Tribute ES-V6 was probably the nicest compact SUV I have ever driven. Performance ... Pros: Don't let a 3.0L 201-HP V6 fool you. This car is explosively fast. Burning rubber and spinning tires from a stop. Cons: Loud exhilaration noise. Comfort ... Pros: Leather interior with heated seats are moderately comfy. Cons: Driving in the car for 2+ hours may make you feel stiff. Fuel Economy ... Pros: Regular fuel. Cons: 15 MPG in a suburban area. Fun to drive: Pros: A Ford Mustang in SUV form. Cons: None! Design: Pros: Sporty inside and out. Cons: Bland back seats. Build Quality/Reliability: Pros: 36 month lease reported only 1 problem-brakes. Cons: Still an American Ford vehicle.
3.0L V6, auto transmission, power everything, steering and handling, power moonroof and visibility, 7-speakers with subwoofer premium sound, great radio range, great AWD, power rear wiper, fog lights, DOHC, 0-60MPH in only 7.9 seconds, great for an SUV!
Make the engine a bit bigger, maybe a 3.5L 244-HP V-6, dual exhaust would be nice, change the steering wheel shift nob out of the way of audio controls, give the car Radio-Data-System, more comfortable seats, give the car a heated steering wheel and rain-sensing automatic wipers.
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