My 2003 Tribute has been like a friend for our family. It's reliable, drives smoothly and very easy to maneuver. Best of all, as a high school coach, I often have to put back seats down, which can be done quickly and easily. There is plenty of room in the back for carrying many large-sized items. Overall, we've been very happy with the Tribute and would buy a Mazda again.
Pros: The Tribute is overall quite roomy for a smaller SUV. I am especially pleased with the gas mileage, which has been about 23 mpg city driving. It's an attractive vehicle, more so than the Ford Escape which is a similar car. I like sitting up high, and sometimes I even sit higher than people in a larger SUV. The ride is smooth and steady, and acceleration is no problem.
Cons: The front seats are not as roomy as they should be. My knee rests against the side of the door, which is uncomfortable. The car is kind of noisy, but I've read that that can be attributed to the brand of tires that comes on the car.
Overall, I like this car more everyday and I would buy it again given the choice.
It performs like a trooper and handled very well in the snow and ice this winter. It's downfall is that the seats are like riding on cloth-covered boards. Amenities without plush is no fun. The gas mileage is right-on at about 20 mpg for most fill-ups. There is plenty of space to cart things around.
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