Small SUV Zoom Zoom
By Native Austinite on
2008 Mazda Tribute s Grand Touring 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)
Research led me to the CX-7, but turned away from the premium gas requirement. Looked at/drove the Tribute and although "boxey," unlike the sleek CX-7, I insisted on a vehicle that operated on regular gas. I've had mine since the end of April and have had a couple of road trips. The ride is smooth and quiet, it's roomy, handles well, seats 5. V6 has the power to get you through traffic, not real impressed with the brakes, a bit mushy. The leather interior really dresses it out. A very good value in comparison to other small Japanese SUVs. Fun to drive.
Great standard features including side air bags, tire pressure monitor, fog lamps, 6-CD changer and MP3 plugin, heated front seats and side mirrors, sunroof, and intelligent key.
Gas mileage could be better, would be interested in a hybrid version. A little more leg room in back seat would be a plus. Not crazy about the white dash panels in otherwise charcoal interior. Mazda, please put in lighted vanity mirrors.