By Ed Solari on
2005 Mazda Tribute s AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)
This is my second 4x4 Tribute S. Also own a 2002 4x4 ES. The vehicle is both good looking and dependable. I only have two concerns. #1 in the 2002 model there is a 4x4 button so you can select full time 4wd. I like this feature a lot. In the 2005 it is fully automatic and you don't have the option to select full time 4wd and for that matter there is no indication what so ever if your in 4WD. I want to know if the system is working and if I am locked in. #2 The gas mileage I would consider to be on the poor side. I don't believe for a minute that the fuel economy is what it is rated at. This seems to be a common problem for many Ford motors.
Heated outside mirrors, heated seats, outside temperature reading.
Install a manual 4x4 button. Explain why the Ford Escape is listed as an all wheel drive and the Mazda is listed as a 4wd. They are the same powertrain I think.