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2008 Mazda Tribute HEV

At a Glance

Pricing $19,270 - $29,570
Drive Types FWD, AWD
Engines 2.3l I4, 2.3l I4 HEV, 3.0l V6
Transmissions A4, CVT, M5
Fuel Economy 17-34 (city), 22-30 (highway)

Overview Information

The Mazda Tribute is the overlooked counterpart to the popular Ford Escape. Despite slightly different styling, the Tribute shares a 2.3L I-4 or 3.0L V-6 with the Escape. The 2.3L offers a 5-speed manual standard on the FWD model. Both engines are available with a 4-speed automatic and 4WD. A FWD hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) version of the Tribute pairs the 2.3L engine with an electric motor and battery pack. The HEV also features a CVT that drives the front wheels. All trim levels except the HEV model get standard Roll Stability Control (RSC) and Dynamic Stability Control (DSC). Options include heated leather seats, DVD entertainment system, 16-inch alloy wheels, and a towing package. Despite the updates, the Tribute lacks a 6-speed automatic like the slightly more expensive CX-7 crossover SUV, which would improve performance and fuel economy. As the Tribute is essentially a restyled Escape, there really is no compelling reason to prefer it to its Ford cousin.

What Changed:

The 2008 Tribute features updated styling inside and out. The most notable changes are to the front and rear fascias, but most of the sheet metal is new. Outside of a new electric power steering system, the chassis and powertrains are largely the same. A hybrid version is offered for the first time in the Tribute model.

Official Word:

DETROIT - Showing its commitment to improving the world's air quality, Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) will unveil the all-new 2008 Mazda Tribute Hybrid-Electric Vehicle (HEV) at the 2007 North American International Auto Show. With a hydrogen-powered version of the RX-8 and a hydrogen-powered hybrid version of the MAZDA5 undergoing extensive testing in Japan, the Tribute HEV is the latest environmentally friendly vehicle to join the Mazda lineup. Tribute HEV will debut in mid-2007, as a...Read.

Model/Trim/Package Engine MPG VjI Base Price
Tribute Sport 2.3l I4 (153-bhp) M5 FWD 22/28/25 $19,270
Tribute Sport 2.3l I4 (153-bhp) A4 FWD 20/26/23 $20,685
Tribute Sport 3.0l V6 (200-bhp) A4 FWD 18/24/21 $21,925
Tribute Sport 2.3l I4 (153-bhp) A4 AWD 19/24/21 $22,435
Tribute Sport 3.0l V6 (200-bhp) A4 AWD 17/22/19 $23,675
Tribute Touring 2.3l I4 (153-bhp) A4 FWD 20/26/23 $21,460
Tribute Touring 2.3l I4 (153-bhp) A4 AWD 19/24/21 $23,210
Tribute Touring 3.0l V6 (200-bhp) A4 FWD 18/24/21 $23,260
Tribute Touring 3.0l V6 (200-bhp) A4 AWD 17/22/19 $25,010
Tribute HEV Touring 2.3l I4 HEV (133-bhp) CVT FWD 34/30/32 $25,310
Tribute HEV Touring 2.3l I4 HEV (133-bhp) CVT AWD 29/27/28 $27,820
Tribute Grand Touring 2.3l I4 (153-bhp) A4 FWD 20/26/23 $23,650
Tribute Grand Touring 3.0l V6 (200-bhp) A4 FWD 18/24/21 $24,890
Tribute Grand Touring 2.3l I4 (153-bhp) A4 AWD 19/24/21 $25,400
Tribute Grand Touring 3.0l V6 (200-bhp) A4 AWD 17/22/19 $26,640
Tribute HEV Grand Touring 2.3l I4 HEV (133-bhp) CVT FWD 34/30/32 $27,820
Tribute HEV Grand Touring 2.3l I4 HEV (133-bhp) CVT AWD 29/27/28 $29,570