2002 Mazda Tribute Reviews

2002 Tribute New Car Test Drive

Introduction

Mazda Tribute is among the sportiest of the small utilities. Sporty handling and brisk V6 performance place the Tribute among the best of the small sport-utility vehicles sold today. Mazda and Ford worked jointly on developing the Mazda Tribute and Ford Escape and together they outclass the other small utilities. 

The Mazda Tribute delivers an excellent value for people who want the image and versatility of a sport-utility coupled with refinement and better on-road handling than truck-based utilities. The Mazda Tribute ES, the top model, comes loaded with leather seating, a six-disc in-dash CD player and other luxury features. 

Lineup

Three trim levels are available: DX ($18,155), LX ($21,485) and ES ($22,715). 

The base Tribute DX is powered by a 130-horsepower four-cylinder engine mated to a five-speed manual transmission; it is not available with an automatic. 

All other models are fitted with a 200-horsepower V6 and a four-speed automatic transmission. In fact, 90 percent of all Tributes will come with the V6 and automatic, including the DX-V6 ($20,635). 

All models are available with either front-wheel drive or four-wheel drive; four-wheel drive and other equipment included with it adds $1200-$1700 to the above prices. 

For 2002, the Tribute gets new front seats, a reconfigured center dash storage box and control unit that holds a new audio system for the LX and ES versions with an in-dash six-CD changer. The LX version can be equipped with a six-way power driver's seat. New standard features on all Tributes include 16-inch alloy wheels, remote keyless entry and rear privacy glass. Four new colors also are offered for 2002: Glacier Metallic, Calypso Blue Metallic, Dark Titanium and Light Cypress Metallic. 

Side airbags are optional. 

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