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2010 Mazda Tribute I Touring SUV

2010 Mazda Tribute Review

(2 Stars)  A Plain Jane that only shines in HEV form

Reviewed by Automobile Magazine on

Overview
The Tribute from Mazda is known to be a strong handling compact SUV and a good value. As it is essentially a Ford Escape in Mazda clothes, it has most of the benefits of that vehicle as well. This is also one of the most capable off road vehicles in Mazda's lineup. The original Tribute was once listed as one of the best small SUV's on the market. Newer competition dethroned it, however, and it took several years off to rethink itself.

The current Mazda Tribute is available in two trim models. The I, which comes with a four cylinder engine, or the s model, with a v-6 engine. The four cylinder offers 171 horse power and the v-6 generates 240 horse power. Both engines transfer their power to the ground through six speed automatic transmissions in two or four wheel drive configurations. The exception is the I sport two wheel drive, which is mated to a 5 speed manual transmission. There is also a hybrid option available, which again is the virtual equivalent of the Ford Escape Hybrid. The hybrid earns EPA ratings for fuel economy in the high 20's.

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2010 Tribute I Touring Sport Utility Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 2.5L in-line 4 double overhead cam with VVT ( 9.7 :1 compression ratio ; four valves per cylinder)
Fuel: unleaded ( 87 octane)
Fuel consumption: city= 20 (mpg); highway= 26 (mpg); combined= 23 (mpg); vehicle range: 380 miles
Multi-point injection fuel system
17.5 gallon fuel tank
Power: 171 HP ( 128 kW) @ 6,000 rpm; 171 ft lb of torque ( 232 Nm) @ 4,500 rpm

'10 Mazda I Touring SUV Standard Equipment

  Braking and Handling  
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Four Wheel ABS
  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Outlet(s)
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Tilt
  Exterior  
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Privacy Glass
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Roof Rail
  Interior  
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Cargo Cover
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Cup Holders
  Safety  
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Brake Assist
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Daytime Running Lights
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Fog Lights
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Head/Curtain Airbag
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear Airbag
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Rear Curtain Airbag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Folding Rear Seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc Changer
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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