2008 Mazda Tribute Overview


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Hybrid Grand Touring
Hybrid Grand Touring 4WD
Hybrid Touring
2 national listings
Avg. Price: $12,798
Hybrid Touring 4WD
i Grand Touring
2 national listings
Avg. Price: $10,046
i Grand Touring 4WD
1 national listing
Avg. Price: $12,368
i Sport
Avg. Price: $9,162
i Sport 4WD
Avg. Price: $8,886
i Touring
Avg. Price: $9,367
i Touring 4WD
4 national listings
Avg. Price: $8,833
s Grand Touring
Avg. Price: $10,554
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Average User Score

4.45 stars

Based on 7 reviews

Classic Small Suv With An Amazing Redisgned Interior And Classic Sturdy Exterior. by Derek
 — The Tribute was redone for the 2008 model year. I previously test drove a 2006 and the handling and performance were lacking. They have resolved these issues for sure! They have redone the inside to p... Read More
Love It So Far by kell66
 — Drove the sister suv's for over 3 months, and really liked the new Tribute. Red/blue lighting much easier on the eyes than the Santa Fe, truck itself not as tinny as the Escape. For my budget Toyota o... Read More
Zoom Zoom by Lisa
 — The Mazda Tribute GS class is the highest model, but with it the only luxury u really get is the piano finish on the interior everything else is very rough like. the seats are not fully covered in le... Read More

2008 Mazda Tribute Overview

Overall User Score

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Based on 7 reviews

2008 Mazda Tribute

The Mazda Tribute receives a substantial overhaul for 2008, although the platform and engines are carried over from the previous edition. Most of the Tribute's revisions are aesthetic and part of Mazda's effort to keep this compact crossover SUV somewhat competitive in its ever-expanding segment, which includes top sellers like the Honda CR-V and the Toyota RAV4. The 2008 offering features a more upscale cabin and a more stylish exterior presentation.

Owners continue to express great satisfaction with the Tribute's comprehensive list of standard safety features. Standard safety items include front side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, antilock brakes, stability and traction control, and a tire-pressure monitor. This year, the Mazda crossover has earned additional praise for a rejuvenated, but still functional interior.

Because Mazda has positioned the Tribute at the lower end of the SUV price scale, many desirable items like navigation are not available, but the top-shelf Grand Touring trim does offer a variety of luxurious standard features. Many reviewers also feel that the Tribute's performance is lacking, as Madza has done very little to update or improve the powertrain since the model's 2001 introduction. The brakes are not incredibly responsive, and fuel efficiency is not consistent with the vehicle's modest power supply. The Tribute has also received some criticism for its strong resemblance to the pedestrian Ford Escape.

There are twelve Tribute variants for 2008, configured through three trim, two drivetrain, and two engine options. The trims ascend from the entry-level Sport to the mid-level Touring to the top-tier Grand Touring. Even the entry-level Tribute comes equipped with a nice roster of features, including air-conditioning, full power accessories, cruise control, an audio auxiliary jack, and a CD audio system. Options on all three trim levels include a towing package, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system.

Tributes wearing the "s" badge house a 2.3-liter inline four, which generates 153 horsepower. The "i" models upgrade to a 3.0-liter V6, good for 200 horsepower. The V6 model will haul 3,500 pounds, and drivers can expect mixed-driving mileage averages in the low 20s. Buyers may choose between a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission, and the Tribute can fit about 66 cubic feet of cargo with the rear seats folded.


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