Mazda Tribute

Mazda Tribute

  • Overview

    Many industry observers feel that the Mazda Tribute is definitely one of the best of the compact 4x4s. With four wheel independent suspension at your disposal, good safety features like traction control, plenty of storage and a top rate entertainment system it should not disappoint. Mazda Tribute offers saloon like comfort combined with the rugged experience of an off road 4x4. Mazda Tributes are known for their good value for money. Launched in 2001, the original Tribute was an impressive compact mid size SUV for those seeking the image and versatility of a 4x4 along with a more refined interior. This original Tribute was sold between 2001 and 2006 with minor updates. A revamped Tribute was launched in 2007. The 2007 Tribute has been compared to the old Ford Escape which makes sense because Ford is now Mazda's parent company.

    Mazda Tribute 2007/2008

    Optional 200-horsepower, 3.0-litre DOHC V6 with 2.3L four-cylinder as the standard motor power to all four wheels via the available active torque-split all-wheel-drive system. Transmission arrangements include front-wheel drive 5-speed manual transmission and 4-speed electronic automatic transmission. Also newer Mazda Tributes provide Active Torque Control Coupling Electronic 4-wheel drive and electric power-assist rack-and-pinion steering with engine speed sensing variable assist. Front independent MacPherson strut suspension with coil springs and shock absorbers and front stabilizer bar along with rear multi-link suspension with dual lateral links, trailing arms, coil springs, and shock absorbers also help out. Power-assisted ventilated front disc/rear drum brakes ensure you can stop when you want as safely as possible. New features for this edition also include Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and dual front side air bags and side air curtains. Also, Roll-Over Stability Control (RSC), Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) and traction control are standard across the Tribute range. ABS with Electronic Brake-force Distribution is also standard.

    2008 Mazda Tribute Safety Features

    Additional safety features include side-impact door beams, triple-H body construction and front & rear crumple zones. As well as advanced dual front airbags (SRS)-crash zone and driver's seat position/passenger weight sensors and 3-point safety belts for all seating is standard. Side air bags and side-impact air curtains with rollover protection both front and rear are standard. Front safety belt pre-tensioners with force limiters and height adjustable front shoulder belt B pillar anchors are standard. The 2007/2008 Tribute also includes Iso Fix, Latch rear seat child safety-seat lower anchors and upper ceiling mounted tethers, as well as child-safety rear door locks. Illuminated keyless entry with panic button feature key fob plus engine immobilizer anti-theft system and tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) are also included in the impressive Mazda Tribute spec list.

    2008 Mazda Tribute Standard Features

    2008 Mazda Tribute standard features include 16-inch alloy wheels, dual power remote mirrors, and 2 speed variable fixed-intermittent rear wiper with washer and fixed mast-type radio antenna. Clear lens halogen headlights and rear window defogger with timer, temporary spare tire, moulded-in-colour-bumper trim, black grille with chrome accent bar and logo, body coloured door handles are all standard. Also comes with clear lens halogen fog lights, green-tinted glass on windshield and front windows, flip up lift gate window, single exhaust outlet, roof rack with cross bars, privacy tint glass, heated mirrors, auto headlamps and moon roof. Standard interior features include power door locks with two stage unlocking feature, front door central locking, remote keyless illuminated entry system, front door storage bins, tilt steering wheel, chrome plated inner door handles, air conditioning, reclining front bucket seats with adjustable headrest, 60/40 spilt fold-down rear seatback, AM/FM/CD audio system 4 speakers, digital clock, and auxiliary jack, 6-CD changer audio system with 7 speakers and auxiliary jack, overhead console with dual storage bins, front driver and passenger seatback maockets, leather trimmed seating surfaces and heated front seats.