Disappointed with mileage and performance
By maskita on
2004 Mazda Tribute ES-V6 4WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)
Purchased used with 106K on the clock, now has 113K. We were attracted to the exterior styling and interior features of the 2004 Mazda Tribute. It gives a very stable and comfortable ride. I hate the poor air conditioning controls. When you select the A/C, you cannot select which vents (high or low) the air comes out of, unlike the Toyotas and Hondas that I am accustomed to. The V6 engine pulls fairly well at low speeds, but seems to have a difficult time maintaining 70 mph on some highway inclines. I expected better than 22 mpg from a modern Japanese vehicle of this size. Would not buy another one.
Styling. Powered, heated seats. Curtesy lights. Extra, always powered, 12V outlet in console. Comfortable and stable ride.
Copy Toyota / Honda airconditioning and ventilation controls. Improve gas mileage and performance. Transmission probably needs to be regeared to better match engine and vehicle weight.