I have owned my Tribute since January. I test drove a Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner (all produced by Ford) and the Tribute was the best of the three. Better warranty, less expensive with a nicer interior and exterior. Gas mileage could be better.
It's fun to drive. I enjoy sitting higher on the road than in a car.
More flexibility with options. They only offer 3 packages and mine was the only one with Package 2 - I wanted Package 3 (top).