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Mazda Tribute Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.3 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 153 hp @ 5800 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 17/20 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

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Careful - has a ford

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

All Mazda Tribute models are built with a Ford engine. Whether this applies to all Mazda products, I do not know, but I am entirely sure that if nothing else, this does have a Ford engine, and from my experience, most Ford products aren't worth the time or money. Now this SUV has a nice drive to it. A lot of pep or "get-up-and- go," takes corners well, and the steering couldn't be better. Although, when you step on the gas, the engine feels slightly weak, but all things considered, it could be worse. I am sorry to say that this model has given me countless problems, though. I've had to replace all my spark plugs three times and replaced all three catalytic converters. Some transmission probs.




Best in class, best in

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

I compared the specs of the Tribute against all competitors. The Tribute had the best specs in most areas in its class but about $2-4k less and a better warranty. I was very impressed. This is a great SUV. Could use some improvements, noted, but most all of them in its class could. The price couldn't be beat. This was a no brainier. Paid $16,750 4WD, auto.




Great car

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

I narrowed my choice to the Tribute/Escape, Forester, and CR-V after deciding to trade my Honda Accord. I chose the Tribute on the basis of handling, interior room, style, and value. The Forester had less rear seat room and I didn't like the door mounted spare on the CR-V. Also, both were more expensive after the available rebates and incentives. It is a comfortable car to drive and I liked the feature set on the "i" including the standard 16 inch wheels. My only options were cruise control, heavy duty floor mats, and the rear bumper step.




Tribute to mazda

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

i test drove all the vehicles in it's class. and i came down to mazda and honda. 2 great vehicles, but there wasn't any other vehicle in which i was instantly comfortable and at home. Mazda has always made a top notch vehicle. I had a b2200 for 9 yrs and the truck didn't cost me a dime. So i naturally wanted another mazda.Out of all vehicles in it's class, the Mazda tribute has the room and the stability that i was looking for, honda makes great cars also, but for the money i was getting alot more in the Mazda that were standard features like abs brakes and 16" wheels.the 4cyl could be alittle more responsive but is nice, this is the all around the best suv for the money. great vehicle.




No ford badge = higher

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

Great little suv. Mazda has taken the escape platform and made little improvements across the board that add up to alot. Four year 50,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty coverage, 16" wheels, floor mats come standard(not with Ford). Mazda stands behind their product. Ford ? Tribute average mpg; 24.7!



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

  • 17
  • cty
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  • 20
  • highway
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