Mazda Tribute

BASE PRICE RANGE: $21,185-$34,500*

WHAT'S NEW: An ambient temperature gauge, garage door opener, and two new colors (Steel Blue, Ingot Silver) in 2010. GT and HEV models receive an electrochromatic rearview mirror with backup camera display. The HEV also gets a one-touch open and close moonroof. Either a 2.5L I-4 or 3.0L V-6 are the main engine choices; a hybrid is in limited production.

COOL FACT: If driven carefully, the Tribute hybrid (sold only in California) can run to 25 mph on electric-only power.

SUM UP: Shines brightest in hybrid form.
RATING: **1/2

2011 Mazda Tribute
Base Engine 2.5L/171-hp DOHC I-4
Optional Engine 3.0L/240-hp DOHC V-6; 2.5L I-4 + elec motors/177-hp
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 5M/6A/CVT
0-60 MPH 6.5-8.6 sec*
Tow/Payload 1000-3500/1000-1500 lb*
EPA city/hwy fuel econ 18-34/23-31 mpg
Basic warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety ABS: S; Stab: S; Trac: S; Airbags: 6