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Mazda Tribute Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.3 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 153 hp @ 5800 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 19/23 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

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.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (6 total reviews)


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

So far, I really love this SUV. It is a really comfortable vehicle and it is a pleasure to drive.




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

Wonderful at the gas pump. Fun to drive. Classy, sporty and stylish all in one. Easy to maneuver in tight spaces. The kids love it as well. My daughter wants it for her first car. That will be a fun fight!!! Comfortable on long trips. Plenty of storage space. The price is right. Got a great deal on the base model. Decent warranty. Glad to have. Looking forward to future driving with it.




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

I am averaging 23 mpg around the city and recently got 26 mpg on trip from Atlanta to Virginia. The 4-cylinder engine is all most people need for the pep they would expect. Price is extreme reasonable if you negotiate and stand steadfast. This car is stylish and has been extensively engineered. I am a staunch proponent of it.




Great suv/wagon/whatever it is...

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

2000 miles, and am happy thus far, except for a few minor quibbles. 4 cylinder auto transmission is peppy, if you turn off the overdrive. Roomy, really fun to drive, turns on a dime, quiet, car-like, good seats, plenty of room in front AND in back (I'm 6/3), Feels solid on the highway. Excellent sound system - 100 watts will rock you out. 22 mpg in city, 25/26 mpg highway with automatic transmission (as advertised). Amazing price: $15,800. 4 year/50K warranty. Gotta buy it!




Excellent suv

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

This is an awesome SUV! Lots of interior room, cargo area folds flat (with the rear headrests removed), handles very nicely, tons of value for the money. I only have 1000 miles on it so far, but it's incredibly fun to drive, handles like a car too, especially on turns. Others have complained about wind noise - bah! I've had this up to 85 mph, very quiet inside, quieter than most of the cars I've had.




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

My 16yr old son and I spent a good month of his summer vacation test driving and researching smaller SUV's. After extensive research and many many test drives, the Tribute clearly rose to the top. Best combination of gas mileage and style and comfort. When a KILLER deal came up in the local paper I jumped on it. I love the fact that the interior gives me the feeling of driving a much larger SUV, yet the actual driving and handling are definately carlike and peppy. The steering wheel has a nice grip and texture to it. In other SUVs I felt a roll or tipping sensation going around corners, but in the Tribute it's practically non- existant. All in all, Zoom Zoom for sure!



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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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 19
  • cty
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  • 23
  • highway
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