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Mazda introduced the Tribute hybrid at the 2007 Detroit Auto Show and initially sold it in small quantities in California. The first customers must have been happy and it seems that the hybrid SUV has now proven what it's capable of. The Tribute hybrid is now available throughout the United States available in California and there are no other plans to introduce it to other markets.

The Tribute is a full time hybrid which can run in EV mode up to 25 mph and has an I4 2.3 liter engine good for 133 HP, complemented by a 93HP electric engine mated to Nickel-Cadmium batteries. The car meets California's strict Advanced Technology Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle requirements by achieving Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle II standards. Mileage is 34/30 mpg (hwy/city).


[Edited: The Tribute is only sold in CA]
[Source: SF Chronicle via Leblogauto]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Whopper: Believe it or not, Ford mentioned Mazda and not the other two brands. But other readers seem to have made the right assumption - they're badge engineered versions of the same car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Well, it's the same thing as a Ford Escape Hybrid... Surprised that wasn't mentioned in the article.

      --Bill
      • 6 Years Ago
      Bill & Chris, no surprise the Ford and Merc versions were not mentioned. US manufacturers are the evil-doers in the eyes of the majority on this site.
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      • 6 Years Ago
      BTW, the battery used in the Mazda is a NiMH unit, not a NiCad as suggested in the sumary.
      • 6 Years Ago
      For those that haven't noticed...

      The 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid, Mercury Mariner Hybrid and Mazda Tribute Hybrid all have identical drivetrains. They share very similar interiors/options with the major differences being external cosmetics. Drivers should see near identical performance in all categories regarding interior room, emissions and fuel economy.