Mazda Tribute Models and Tribute History

The five-passenger Tribute was unveiled in 2001, touting a feature-loaded SUV crossover with plenty of room inside and a stylish appearance. It was powered by a very capable 3.0-liter V6 engine that was rated at 200 horsepower. Changes to different trim levels were the only notable revisions made for 2002 and 2003. In 2004, door edge guards were added as an option, and auto-dimming mirrors and a compass were also added to the options lineup. 2005 marked major changes including a new base engine, a redesigned exterior, a brand new all-wheel-drive system and a new shifter that was floor-mounted. Mazda made all trims come with ABS braking as a standard feature for this model year, too. The Tribute would pass through 2006 and 2007 virtually unchanged. In 2008, the SUV was revamped from top to bottom, offering a new interior and exterior style, and higher quality components. The 2009 Tribute offered a more powerful engine, a new six-speed automatic transmission, redesigned seating and a laundry list of new standard equipment. The 2010 and 2011 model years saw minor tweaks made to standard equipment and options, and were otherwise unchanged.

New and Used Tribute Prices, Mazda Tribute Model Years and History

An entry level SUV, the 2011 Mazda Tribute is a five passenger vehicle that combines practicality with an affordable price.
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The 2010 Mazda Tribute is a compact SUV that seats five passengers and is available with a four-cylinder, six-cylinder, or a hybrid powertrain rated at 34 mpg city/31 mpg highway.
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With a good balance of power and fuel efficiency, the 2009 Mazda Tribute is a five-passenger compact crossover SUV that boasts strong safety scores.
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A compact SUV, the 2008 Mazda Tribute is back after taking a year off and showing off a refreshed style on both the exterior and interior, as well as offering an all-new hybrid version.
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A more up market version of the popular Ford Escape, the 2006 Mazda Tribute is a compact SUV that seats five passengers and is available with a four-speed automatic or five-speed manual transmission.
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The 2005 Mazda Tribute is a compact SUV with seating for five-passengers and it is now available with 2WD or 4WD.
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The 2004 Mazda Tribute is a compact SUV that seats up to five passengers, is available with 2WD or 4WD, and is capable of 25 mpg on the highway.
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The 2003 Mazda Tribute is a five-passenger compact SUV available with a four or six-cylinder engine and a choice between 2WD or 4WD.
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The 2002 Mazda Tribute is a compact SUV that seats five passengers and offers greater standard features compared to the Ford Escape it is based on.
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The 2001 Mazda Tribute is a five-passenger compact SUV that features a long list of standard features which includes air conditioning, cruise control, keyless entry, and a CD player.
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