Thursday, February 24, 2011

2011 Mazda Tribute Reviews

The 2011 Mazda Tribute is a compact SUV available in i Sport, i Touring, i Grand Touring and s Grand Touring. The Grand Touring trims add heated mirrors, a sunroof, heated front seats, leather upholstery, leather-wrapped steering wheel,
auto-dimming rearview mirror and satellite radio. The 2011 Mazda Tribute i models are powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that produces 171 horsepower and 171 pound-feet of torque.
Front-wheel drive is standard on all Tributes, while all but the i Sport can be equipped with all-wheel drive. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 22 mpg city/28 mpg highway and 23 mpg combined with front-wheel drive and 20/26/23 with all-wheel drive.
A six-speed automatic is standard. EPA-estimated fuel economy stands at 19 mpg city/25 mpg highway and 21 mpg combined with front-wheel drive and 18/23/20 with all-wheel drive.

The 2011 Mazda Tribute comes with standard antilock brakes (front disc, rear drum), stability and traction control, front-seat side airbags and side curtain airbags. Thankfully, the Tribute and Escape's crash ratings are strong.

In general, the 2011 Mazda Tribute is pleasant to drive.
The "2011 Mazda Tribute" ranks 21 out of 23 Affordable Compact SUVs. Reviewers say the 2011 Mazda Tribute pales in comparison not only to its platform-mate, the Ford Escape, but also to most compact SUVs.

Poor Mazda Tribute – it just doesn’t seem to fit in anywhere. It’s that re-badging that many reviewers say is the problem with the Mazda Tribute. While the Ford Escape has benefited from freshening and high-tech interior features that reviewers love, the Tribute has languished. The Tribute shares a platform with the Ford Escape, and reviewers say that if you like the Tribute, you’ll love the Escape.

For 2011, the Tribute is mostly unchanged. The Tribute comes in several trims: i Sport, i Touring, i Grand Touring, and s Grand Touring.

Double-overhead camshafts improve engine breathing and high-revving response, which in turn improves performance and fuel economy. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard.
Electric Power Steering (EPS), which improves vehicle sensitivity, is standard, and, improves NVH and fuel economy by eliminating the power steering pump.

Part of being a great sports vehicle is great sporty design, and the Tribute scores well here. Tribute’s interior is upscale and comfortable. Car-like front-wheel drive is standard. If extra traction is necessary – either for off-road driving or pulling heavy loads in slippery conditions – the Tribute is available with Mazda’s innovative Active Torque Control Coupling (ATCC) four-wheel-drive system. A sophisticated computer monitors the engine, wheel speeds and transmission, and automatically transfers torque between the front and rear wheels. Compared with less sophisticated four-wheel drive systems, ATCC improves driving responsiveness, handling and fuel economy.

The vehicle seats five adults in comfort. Both front doors have storage compartments, as do the backs of each front seat (Touring and Grand Touring models).

The rear seat is asymmetrically split 60:40, which improves carrying versatility. Standard features include automatic headlights, 16-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, air conditioning, AM/FM/CD audio system, ambient temperature gauge, remote keyless entry system and power mirrors, door locks and windows. Cruise control is standard on vehicles equipped with automatic transmissions. A more sophisticated and cozy interior features leather-trimmed seats, heated front seats, garage door opener, electrochromatic mirror with rearview backup camera display and leather-wrapped steering wheel.

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