Previously drove an Infiniti G35 for two years and find the Mazda Tribute to meet all of my needs....excellent stereo (nearly as good as the Bose system in the Infiniti)...Lumbar adjustment works well....plenty of power, but only getting about 16 mpg in town so far....Anyway I would rate this rig as an 8 against the 10 of the Infiniti.....not far behind for $15,000 less cost and cargo room is excellent even compared to larger SUV's that I compared it with......I swore I would never own an SUV, but I love this rig.........
Driveability, Stereo, cargo space, interior upholstery, good visibility
Rear end sits a little high....recommend making it more level
After being lied to about the invoice price which resulted in paying 26,500.00 we did not get the features we wanted. It took three weeks to get delivery because they claimed it arrived at the dealer with "slashes (keyed)" over the front panel. Then it had to have the windshield replaced because a rock hit it while driving it back to the dealership.by then we were no longer eligable for the $2,000.00 rebate. After receiving delivery, it still has a small dent in the chrome on the hood. It rides like a childs wagon being pulled down the street. It hits every imperfection in the road like a speed bump. It makes it impossible to try and make notes or write in the rear seat.
The poor ride out ways any pluses. The great sound system, is not. Cannot hear the full sound speakers. Same as their 1962 model, old and tired.
Interior is too "plastic" looking. Fix the suspension syestem for a smoother ride.Deliver the sound it claims. Rear doors do not open wide enough to access easy in and out for passengers. Simple items are over looked at mfg.
Love to drive this vehicle. Some minor disappointments. Did you ever pick up clothes from the cleaner and not have a hook to put them on. The MPG stinks. Mostly highway only gets 18.5. But that said, the tribute is nimble, responsive to quick stops and turns and looks like a million bucks. The dealer even sent a birthday card. Now thats class.
Looks, handling and comfort.
Clothes hooks, Latches in rear to tie down. Change front brake pads to another material to keep from creating so much dust.
I recently purchased a 2005 Mazda Tirbute 4wd, 6cyl and have been very pleased. I took it on a long journey and it exceeded my expectations for handling, comfort, and performance. I owned a Buick Century and was used to geting 30 miles per gallon on the highway. With this SUV the mileage on the highway is about 22 and around town 18. That is the only drawback to this vehicle. It is fun to drive, loaded with safety options such side and front air bags, ABS standard brakes, all wheel drive and much more that makes it a real asset for your driving pleasure. After researching and researching compact SUVS for months, I am glad I purchased the Mazda Tribute. I think you will enjoy this vehicle
I enjoy the stereo system, the heated seats, side air bag protection, sunroof, abs brake system, interior lighting, carpeting, leather seats, outstanding cargo space for bikes, or whatever.
Larger gas tanks for the vehicle. Also, find a way to improve gas mileage.