By Glenn on
2005 Mazda Tribute s Fwd 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)
This SUV is wonderful. The V6 makes all the RAV4 and CRV's green no matter the color ordered. For about the same price as a cramped and bouncy RAV4 I got this Tribute with many more features options and the Tribute actually has a rear bumper. This Mazda is a really usable size too. At work we ride to lunch and get to see each other's vehicles. The RAV4 is more like a mini-micro-SUV in comparison. It has a 4 cylinder engine which idles so fast when cold that it jerks when you put it in drive while the smooth Mazda V6 feels like a much more expensive vehicle. Do yourself a tremendous favor and drive a Tribute before you spend too much on a RAV4 or CRV. We have two Tributes now and love them
The smooth powerful V6. The usable size but not a giant gas hog or mini-micro make-believe SUV. The 6-disk audio system. The side and side-curtains for safety. Rides much smoother than RAV4s which bounce too much.
Light right at ignition key to help locate it at night. Larger pockets in doors for storage.