The use of unitized body and frame construction trims weight and cost while maximizing space. The Tribute provides ample room inside for a crew of five; a split, fold-back seat; and a spare wheel and tire under the cargo floor. The rear door is a two-stage lift-glass/liftgate design for easy loading.
LAST WORD. Can a truck built with car parts pack enough gusto to tow your boat? You bet! The Mazda Tribute's 200 hp, efficient construction, and reasonable price provide a capable alternative to truck-based SUVs.
|Engine||3.0-liter DOHC V-6|
|Net torque (ft-lb/rpm)||200/4750|
|Front suspension||struts, coil springs|
|Rear suspension||independent trailing arm, coil springs|
|Brakes (front/rear)||disc/drum; optional 4-wheel ABS|
|Tires||Firestone Wilderness HT, P235/70TR-16, M+S|
|Curb weight (lbs.)||3,540|
|Towing capacity (lbs.)||3,500|
|Cargo capacity (max. cu. ft.)||74|
|Fuel capacity (gal.)||16.4|
|Estimated city/highway towing fuel economy (avg. mpg)||10.5|
|Price (as tested)||$25,980|