Definitely Worth A Look
By badlands on
Vehicle2005 Mazda Tribute s AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)
ReviewAfter researching/test driving every SUV
$40K and under I kept coming back to the
Tribute. Overall,the Tribute is a
winner. With the V6 it has better pickup
and crisper handling then almost
anything out there in the small/midsize
SUV categories. Rides better on dirt
roads than my Laredo did. 6in shorter
than my old Jeep but still has
reasonable cargo area and good
front/back interior room. The sound
system/6 cd player is equally as good if
not better than the Infinity the Jeep
had.If you are looking for an SUV with
reasonable gas mileage(for an SUV),
something that's fun to drive(the zoom
zoom is for real), and a better
bumper-to bumper warranty than most(4
yrs/50K mi),check out the Tribute.
Best FeaturesGood pick-up, sound system, and a better warranty then everyone except Kia. Might have gone for its twin the Escape but for the warranty. Bought a 2005 s with pkg #1 and the homelink mirror. After the first 4000+ miles I have no regrets. Averaging 22 mpg highway, 18 around town.
Worst FeaturesInside door handles feel cheap. Lighted AC/rear defroster buttons need major brightening or else stay recessed when turned on. Can't tell if on or not in bright light. Can't program keyless entry to open everything with 1 click. Steering wheel mounted audio controls would be nice.
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