Gonna have to come clean, here. When the 2008 Mazda Tribute hybrids (2WD and 4WD) were approved for some fat tax credits from the U.S.' s Internal Revenue Service back in early July, it slipped by the AutoblogGreen radar. But the EDTA brought it to our attention through their newsletter and we went and checked it out. 'Tis true.

So, what's the deat? Well, basically the U.S. government would love to help you feel green by driving a hybrid SUV. In the Tribute's case, you can get either $3,000 (by buying the 2WD version) or $2,200 (the 4WD). Like the all other IRS hybrid tax credits, this amount will drop after Mazda reports it has sold 60,000 hybrids. Anyone want to guess when that will be?

[Source: IRS]

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