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Mazda Tribute Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.0 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 200 hp @ 6000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 16/20 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2005 Mazda Tribute

  • Roomy on the inside, stylish on the outside and fun to drive wherever it goes, the Tribute is one of our favorite small SUVs.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Roomy and comfortable interior, peppy V6 engine, drives more like a car than a truck, long list of standard features.

  • Cons

    Mediocre fuel economy and driving range on V6 models.

  • What's New for 2005

    Extensive changes for the Tribute this year include a new base engine, restyled exterior and a new electronic four-wheel-drive system. A floor-mounted shifter replaces the awkward column shifter, and ABS is now standard on all models.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 16
  • cty
/
  • 20
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews


3 of 12 people found this review helpful

Blown engine

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Vehicle: 2005 Mazda Tribute i Fwd 4dr SUV (2.3L 4cyl 5M)

We read all the reviews about this vehicle before we bought two years ago. This is not the car to buy if you are looking for a reliable older vehicle. Yesterday, the engine blew and left our son stranded on the interstate. We now have a decision to put another $2,000 to $3,000 to fix or just scrap and payoff the remainder of the five year loan. Less than 100,000 miles, no warnings! Do not buy this vehicle.




2005 mazda tribute s v6

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Vehicle: 2005 Mazda Tribute s Fwd 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

Driving strong at 255K miles only 2000 in maintenance since I bought it in 2006 phenomenal vehicle




Going strong 125k

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Vehicle: 2005 Mazda Tribute s Fwd 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

This is the second Mazda I have owned; but this one has been the best car I have ever had thus far. I have had five cars in my life. I have replaced brackes, had some suspension work done (tie rods etc); but having had it since it was brand new I find it stellar. I don't off road with this; I drive on roads only. I travel with it almost annually; and it is our primary car on weekends so I average about 14k a year. I am very disappointed with the newer designs; if i wanted a Jeep I would buy a Jeep; not a Mazda look alike. I am replacing the stereo this year by choice so I can keep driving this one for many more miles.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

2005 tribute problems

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Vehicle: 2005 Mazda Tribute s Fwd 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

since buying this vehicle i have had 7300.00 warranty work done on it and heaven alone knows how much apparently my problems i have spent on it. it is the worst vehicle i have ever owned and suggest to anyone to do some thorough research before ever buying a mazda ford tribute. apparently my problems are not over yet according to my mechanic. buyer be aware when purchasing one of these.



3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Love this suv

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Vehicle: 2005 Mazda Tribute s AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

I love, love, love this car. My tribute currently has 89,000 mi. It's everything a small SUV should be. In the V6 with 4wd, it's powerful quick. I spend 2hrs in mine daily, both highway and dirt roads, and it's just as stable on the mud as it is on pavement. I'm getting around 25mpg. On our first big snow, I hit 4WD, and drove this thing through the mud and 16" of snow up a hill without so much as slip. It's much more stable than I feel the Jeeps are, and when test driving, blew away even the Escape. Mine also has an enormous sunroof, stylish leather and idiot-proof 6 CD changer. There also isn't a dog, a ladder or power tool my hubby and I can't fit in it.



5 of 6 people found this review helpful

Mostly a great car

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Vehicle: 2005 Mazda Tribute s AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

We have put 164,000 miles on our Tribute, including many long highway trips and back woods driving on two-tracks in the UP of Michigan. We required a new (rebuilt Ford) transmission at 94,000 miles, which possibly can be attributed to driving with cupped tires that probably vibrated it to pieces. Mileage is so-so, up to about 21.5 on the highway (we are usually pretty heavily loaded on trips). A/C, defroster, heater have always given some problems, but still work OK. Never burned a drop of oil, and still has good power on the highway. Hoping to make 250,000 miles.



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Full 2005 Mazda Tribute Review

What's New for 2005

Extensive changes for the Tribute this year include a new base engine, restyled exterior and a new electronic four-wheel-drive system. A floor-mounted shifter replaces the awkward column shifter, and ABS is now standard on all models.

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Talk About The 2005 Tribute

2005 Mazda Tribute Discussions See all Started By

wedding1
wedding1
12-06-2007
I'll give you a little history on my Tribute experience. In March 2005 I purchased my brand new Mazda Tribute. Like many others I felt like I got a lot of car for the $, now I know why. I drove my ...


ramzey28
ramzey28
06-19-2005
I bought the 2.3 L auto 4x4 about a month ago (tribute-2005). I picked the 2.3L for better gas mileage. I just took it on a 400 mile trip and it did well. With any 4 cyc it down shifts more than I li...


miradzy
miradzy
09-28-2009
can anyone send me a pdf of the owners manual of the tribute 2005...



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