2008 Mazda Tribute i Touring 4dr SUV (2.3L 4cyl 4A)
The wife and I have been doing research on small SUVs and we purchased a great one! The Tribute has a ton of standard features and Mazda did a great job with instilling the "sport" into driving, even in this SUV. We weren't expecting it to go fast since we opted for the 4 cyl but so far we are impressed. It doesn't have a problem passing, merging, etc. Also the interior quality is 10+. It feels like the knobs to turn the vents are wrapped in leather. And the glossy black dash isn't cheap, it's sturdy polished ABS. Love the car! If you are comparing it to other manufacturers this one has a ton of standard features for less cost than the others.
The aux jack! Use it daily. As well as the 6 disc CD changer!
Knowing full well we bought the 4 cyl model we weren't expecting 0-60 in 6 seconds. This car is great - no improvements neccessary!