2005 Mazda Tribute Consumer Review: 2005 Mazda S AWD 3.0 V6

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2005 Mazda S AWD 3.0 V6
By redeye on


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.

Best Features

Exterior styling, comfortable seats, driving position, cargo capacity, driver visibility, airbags, smooth tranny, reliability, AWD is superb

Worst Features

Better ergonomics needed in general in the interior, radio controls a little too far away, heated seat button in a ridiculous spot, wipers operate opposite from most other cars, wind and tire noise is significant, engine smooth but not powerful, carpet in cargo area is cheap and poorly installed.
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