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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 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.




Fun car

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

Have 88000 miles on the Tribute and really like it. Have new front brakes and new tires. However, had to have front left and right axles replaced -- which was a shock as the car handles so well. I do like driving the car and it has held up well. I have leather seats and the leather is still like new. Would definitely buy another one.



2 of 4 people found this review helpful

No more zoom zoom

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

Transmission failed at 27,000 miles, one year after warranty expired. After $3,000 to replace transmission and insure check engine light no longer came on, I traded the vehicle. Mazda declined to make any payment toward replacement of transmission although dealer said it was a manufacturing defect. I have owned three previous Mazda's but Zoom Zoom is gone gone.




2005 mazda s awd 3.0

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

Didn't like it at first, but it steadily grew on me. Noisy at highway speeds, some interior and dashboard controls are poorly designed and impossible to see at night. Heated seat button is in a truly odd place. Body creaks and groans, wallows over some highway undulations. All this and I still like it....can't put my finger on it...maybe it's just that it is reliable, decent on gas (ECU went bad at 80,000 and I put a rebuilt one in that improved mileage to 24 - 25 hwy), tires wear forever and it does go in the snow better than any car i have driven.




Dependable

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

The Mazda Tribute has been a good vehicle. We got all the options with a 6 cyl and the vehicle drives comfortably and has pretty good acceleration. On the highway it is smooth and not too noisy but mileage is only about 20 mpg. I don't like the sound of the accelerating engine in town - somewhat clunky and not a bit sexy - but it performs well nonetheless. CD player sounds good but my other car has a Bose so I'm spoiled. Display light for AC is hard to see during the day, needs to be brighter. Plenty of room in cargo area and very handy fold down seats, although you have to remove the rear headrests to fold them down.



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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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