2002 Mazda Tribute Consumer Review: Only 3 flaws

2002 Mazda Tribute - Consumer Review

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ES-V6 4dr SUV (3.0L V6 4-speed Automatic)

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Only 3 flaws
By webjock on


2002 Mazda Tribute ES-V6 2WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


Fun, like a car. Not as peppy as it
seems, but still a potent 200 hp. Sits
high off the ground with no fear of
rollover. Corners and steers well, lots
of hand grips throughout the cabin for
rough terrain. 3 flaws: 1-Move shifter
to floor--too easy to knock the 'Bute
out of gear reaching for the radio. 2-
Interior molding comes loose easily. 3-
At highway speed, we had sudden power
failure...no steering / brakes...engine
died...scary! Mazda says most 'Butes do
this, yet there's been no recall!
Unacceptable! Nonetheless a satisfying
ride. Worth a close look in the small
to mid-sized SUV class.

Best Features

Overall driving experience is satisfying...it fits easily into parking spaces but still seems like a substantial vehicle, corners like a car but has cargo room of an SUV...has a strong drivetrain and comfortable interior. Zoom Zoom!

Worst Features

3 flaws: Gear shift poorly placed on steering column; cheap plastic & rubber molding; and (DANGER!) potential for sudden power loss while driving. See main review for more details.
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