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2008 Mazda Tribute HEV

At a Glance

Pricing $19,730 - $33,445
Drive Types FWD, AWD
Engines 2.5l I4, 2.5l I4 HEV, 3.0l V6
Transmissions A6, CVT, M5
Fuel Economy 17-34 (city), 24-31 (highway)

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 Tribute features a number of enhancements for 2009. The base engine is a new 2.5L four-cylinder rated at 171-bhp. This engine also becomes the basis for hybred electric models. The 3.0L V6 has also been improved and is now rated at 240-bhp. A new six-speed automatic is now offered in the range. The 2009 Tribute also features redesigned front and rear seats.

Model/Trim/Package Engine MPG VjI Base Price
Tribute Sport 2.5l I4 (171-bhp) M5 FWD 22/28/25 $19,730
Tribute Sport 2.5l I4 (171-bhp) A6 FWD 20/28/24 $21,790
Tribute Sport 2.5l I4 (171-bhp) A6 AWD 19/25/22 $23,545
Tribute Touring 2.5l I4 (171-bhp) A6 FWD 20/28/24 $22,935
Tribute Touring 2.5l I4 (171-bhp) A6 AWD 19/25/22 $24,690
Tribute Grand Touring 2.5l I4 (171-bhp) A6 FWD 20/28/24 $24,620
Tribute Grand Touring 2.5l I4 (171-bhp) A6 AWD 19/25/22 $26,375
Tribute Sport 3.0l V6 (240-bhp) A6 FWD 18/26/22 $23,055
Tribute Sport 3.0l V6 (240-bhp) A6 AWD 17/24/20 $24,805
Tribute Touring 3.0l V6 (240-bhp) A6 FWD 18/26/22 $24,200
Tribute Touring 3.0l V6 (240-bhp) A6 AWD 17/24/20 $25,950
Tribute Grand Touring 3.0l V6 (240-bhp) A6 FWD 18/26/22 $25,885
Tribute Grand Touring 3.0l V6 (240-bhp) A6 AWD 17/24/20 $27,635
Tribute HEV Touring 2.5l I4 HEV (153-bhp) CVT FWD 34/31/33 $29,175
Tribute HEV Grand Touring 2.5l I4 HEV (153-bhp) CVT FWD 34/31/33 $31,695
Tribute HEV Touring 2.5l I4 HEV (153-bhp) CVT AWD 29/27/28 $30,925
Tribute HEV Grand Touring 2.5l I4 HEV (153-bhp) CVT AWD 29/27/28 $33,445