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Quick Drive: 2008 Mazda Tribute Grand Touring Hybrid AWD

Mark Williams
Apr 3, 2008
Photographers: Julia LaPalme
Photo 2/17   |   2008 Mazda Tribute Grand Touring Hybrid front View
What: Mazda's little hybrid gives big-mpg benefits with little zoom-zoom
How Much: Base price, $29,570; as tested, $32,200
What's Hot: Upgraded interior materials are designed to set the Tribute apart from a crowded field. It works. Powertrain delivers on the solid fuel-economy promise with wonderful melding of battery, Atkinson-cycle engine, and CVT technology. The new exterior bodywork makes the vehicle look more substantial, too.
What's Not: No sharp edges to the CVT reminds you it's all about the smooth, unexciting takeoffs. Not much fun to drive-all about the mpg. HEV screen graphic never lets you know you have an AWD. Becomes exceptionally sluggish with passengers in the car. Heavy for a 2.3-liter.
Photo 3/17   |   2008 Mazda Tribute Grand Touring Hybrid side View
On the Road: I'll say right up front I don't get these things. I appreciate the exceptional technology and R&D that's gone into them, but beyond the fun of watching the "energy" screen and keeping track of the battery levels or where the power is going to or coming from, there's nothing here to enjoy. I suppose it's nice that a normal interior package can have $6000 worth of technology to make about 10 mpg in the city and 10 mpg on the highway better than a regular four-banger mini SUV. So this appliance gets better fuel economy. This CVT seems to do a good job of sucking the excitement out of the little guy, and it took me a while to get used to the engine hovering around 3000 and 4000 rpm when driving up into the mountains. Sometimes it got annoying. Still, this will probably be a popular choice for the high schooler because it will make those quiet runs up the driveway after curfew much easier due to the electric mode that takes over under 25 mph. I agree with editor-in-chief Angus MacKenzie when he wonders why anyone would choose a boring hybrid appliance when you can have a sporty turbodiesel rocket (like they have in Europe) that gets better fuel economy. Final thought has to do with where this fits in with the huge crossover push of the CX-7 and CX-9. This is the throwback. Might be cool technology in the CX-7, with a turbo on the little four.
Like this? Try These: Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, Kia Sportage
Bottom Line: Nothing too inspiring here but does a nice job of getting drivers to see how smooth or slow they can go for maximum electric-mode or max-mpg mode.

Photo 4/17   |   2008 Mazda Tribute Grand Touring Hybrid side View
Photo 5/17   |   2008 Mazda Tribute Grand Touring Hybrid front View

Photo 6/17   |   2008 Mazda Tribute Grand Touring Hybrid front View
Photo 7/17   |   2008 Mazda Tribute Grand Touring Hybrid wheel

Photo 8/17   |   2008 Mazda Tribute Grand Touring Hybrid rear Emblem
Photo 9/17   |   2008 Mazda Tribute Grand Touring Hybrid rear View

Photo 10/17   |   2008 Mazda Tribute Grand Touring Hybrid front View
Photo 11/17   |   2008 Mazda Tribute Grand Touring Hybrid front View

Photo 12/17   |   2008 Mazda Tribute Grand Touring Hybrid front View
Photo 13/17   |   2008 Mazda Tribute Grand Touring Hybrid grille

Photo 14/17   |   2008 Mazda Tribute Grand Touring Hybrid engine
Photo 15/17   |   2008 Mazda Tribute Grand Touring Hybrid interior View

Photo 16/17   |   2008 Mazda Tribute Grand Touring Hybrid rear View
Photo 17/17   |   2008 Mazda Tribute Grand Touring Hybrid hybrid Emblem
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2011 Mazda Tribute

SPECIFICATIONS
$20,555
23 / 28
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2010 Mazda Tribute

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$20,405
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Mazda Tribute, GMC Canyon Least-Expensive Vehicles to Insure In Their Class
Insure.com is prepared to award the least-expensive vehicles to insure in each class. The Mazda Tribute I SUV is the least-expensive vehicle to insure in the U.S. today when configured with a four-cylinder engine a FWD only.
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2009 Mazda Tribute

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$19,730
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2008 Mazda Tribute

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$19,135
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Quick Drive: 2008 Mazda Tribute Grand Touring Hybrid AWD
Mazda's little Tribute hybrid gives big-mpg benefits with little zoom-zoom
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2008 Mazda Tribute Grand Touring Hybrid AWD Quick Drive
A little Tribute hybrid gives big-mpg benefits with little zoom-zoom
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2006 Mazda Tribute

SPECIFICATIONS
$20,115
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2005 Mazda Tribute

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$19,765
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2004 Mazda Tribute

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$18,797
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2003 Mazda Tribute

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$18,455
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2002 Mazda Tribute

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$18,155
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Recall Roundup: 2001-2002 Mazda Tribute Recalled for Master Cylinder Leak
Mazda has announced a safety recall on certain 2001-2002 Tributes, which have a brake master cylinder issue that might just spark a fire.
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One-Year Test Verdict: 2001 Mazda Tribute ES
"The SUV with the soul of a sports car" is how Mazda introduced the all-new Tribute to distinguish it from Ford's fraternal twin, the Escape.
Brian VanceJul 19, 2003

2001 Mazda Tribute

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$17,210
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One-Year Test Update: 2001 Mazda Tribute ES V-6
One-Year Test Update: Though the new Tribute shares its platform and powertrains with the Ford Escape, most of its body panels are different.
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