2009 Mazda Tribute User Reviews
s Grand Touring FWD shown
- $10,221 - $13,113
- No trim specified for this review
- fuel economy, looks, interior, handling, engine, quality
Purchased As New
This is my first SUV. Swapped an '05 Mazda 3 for it. Have put lots of miles on it (44k in 18 months) and have been very very impressed. Driving around 60 % highway and 40% urban, my overall average mpg is about 30.0 mpg. This has been aided by using hypermiling driving techniques and using a ScanGauge II to monitor/manage economical driving. Thus far, I had had no problems with it. Have used Mobil 1 and changed oil every 5-6 k miles. Installed a K&N air filter which has resulted in slight increases in power and fuel economy. It handles really well in the twisties. It's comfortable and fun to drive.
Much has been said about the Ford Escape/Mazda Tribute Hybrids and little or no recognition for this model, which is quite competitive--maybe better/safer with limited slip and traction control--and costs 20-30% less.
It's a great vehicle. The responsive engine is essentially the Mazda3 S engine and very quiet for a 4 cylinder.
The media should be comparing this SUV favorably with Toyota's RAV and Honda's CRV. It wins hands down with better fuel economy.
I couldn't be happier with it!
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