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2008 Mazda Tribute Trims

Hybrid Grand Touring

Hybrid Grand Touring 4WD

Hybrid Touring

Avg. Price: $12,549

Making its debut for 2008, the Mazda Tribute Hybrid Electric Vehicle, or HEV, typically operates solely on electric power at speeds of up to 25 mph, when its gas engine kicks in to provide additional power. The hybrid configuration results in fuel economy numbers of up to 34 mpg in the city, as well as lower emissions than a standard gas-powered SUV. The Tribute Hybrid SUV comes in front-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive trims and seats up to five passengers.

The Tribute Hybrid's powerplant consists of a 153-hp, 2.5-liter, four-cylinder Atkinson-cycle gas engine and a permanent-magnet AC synchronous electric motor. Together, the gas engine and electric motor generate 177 hp and 135 lb-ft of torque. They link to an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission (eCVT). Another component of the powerplant, the 330-volt nickel-metal-hydride battery pack, resides beneath the rear cargo floor. The Tribute Hybrid's front-wheel-drive trim posts fuel economy numbers of 34/31 city/highway miles, while the four-wheel-drive trim manages a still-respectable 29/27.

For quick starts or when the vehicle is heavily loaded, the gas engine engages off the mark, with the electric motor providing additional torque. When decelerating, the gas engine shifts into generator mode, charging the Tribute Hybrid's battery. The gas engine shuts down at cruising speeds or when the vehicle stops at traffic lights to help conserve fuel.

The hybrid engine provides good overall performance, according to reviewers and drivers, although the Tribute Hybrid SUV can take a little longer to accelerate than typical gas-powered SUVs, some drivers note. However, the hybrid powerplant seamlessly transitions from electric power only to the electric/gas combination to gas-engine-generator mode. Most drivers won't notice as the transitions occur, other than by viewing hybrid-related gauges on the instrument panel.

The Tribute Hybrid benefits from a design update applied to the entire Tribute line for 2008. Exterior changes, including an updated grille, give the Tribute a more contemporary look, while interior improvements result in a quieter, more comfortable cabin.

The Tribute Hybrid comes in Touring and Grand Touring trims for 2008, with such standard features as a leather-wrapped steering wheel, remote keyless entry, Sirius satellite radio, and foglights. The Grand Touring trim adds a power moonroof, leather-trimmed seats, and six-way power-adjustable heated front seats, among other features. Both trims ride on 16-inch wheels with low-resistance tires and include such safety features as stability control, traction control, and a full range of airbags.

Hybrid Touring 4WD

i Grand Touring

Avg. Price: $11,158

The Grand Touring Tribute comes standard with a comprehensive list of upscale features, including heated exterior mirrors, automatic headlamps, a sunroof, leather-trimmed seats, heated front seats, a retractable cargo cover and a premium audio system with a 6-disc CD changer. A dealer-installed rear-seat DVD entertainment system is optional.

The i models are powered by a modest 2.3-liter inline four, which produces 153 horsepower and 152 pound-feet of torque. Power is routed to the front wheels through a four-speed automatic transmission on this model. The 2.3 offers 22/28 mpg fuel economy and is capable of towing 1,500 pounds.

i Grand Touring 4WD

Avg. Price: $12,549

The Grand Touring trim gains heated exterior mirrors, automatic headlamps, a sunroof, leather-trimmed seats, heated front seats, a retractable cargo cover, and a premium audio system with a 6-disc CD changer. Major options include a rear-seat DVD entertainment system and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

This trim houses a 2.3-liter inline four, generating 153 horsepower and 152 pound-feet of torque. Buyers may opt for either a four-speed automatic or a five-speed manual transmission. The part-time 4WD system does not drag down fuel efficiency, which is estimated at 22/28 mpg.

i Sport

Avg. Price: $10,570

This is the entry-level Tribute, combining a modest engine with two-wheel drive and the most basic standard features package. Air-conditioning, full power accessories, cruise control, a CD player, and an audio auxiliary jack all come standard. A towing package, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system are all optional.

Tributes wearing the "i" badge are powered by a 2.3-liter inline four, which makes 153 horsepower and 152 pound-feet of torque. This engine can be paired with a four-speed automatic or a five-speed manual transmission. Fuel efficiency is estimated at 22/28 mpg on this front-wheel-drive trim, and Mazda claims a towing capacity of 1,500 pounds.

i Sport 4WD

7 national listings
Avg. Price: $10,946

The entry-level Sport comes equipped with air-conditioning, full power accessories, cruise control, a CD player, and an audio auxiliary jack. A towing package, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system are all optional. This variant adds Mazda's four-wheel-drive system.

The "i" trims get a 2.3-liter four-cylinder mill, generating 153 horsepower and 152 pound-feet of torque. This engine can be paired with a four-speed automatic or a five-speed manual transmission. Fuel efficiency is estimated at 22/28 mpg, and the modest 2.3-liter engine will accommodate 1,500 pounds in tow.

i Touring

Avg. Price: $9,667

The mid-level Touring trim includes all of the Sport's standard features - including 16-inch alloy wheels, air-conditioning, full power accessories, cruise control, and a CD player - and adds a roof rack, tinted windows, and a power driver's seat. A towing package, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a premium audio system, and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system are all optional.

The Tribute "i" comes equipped with a 2.3-liter four-cylinder mill, which provides 153 horsepower and 152 pound-feet of torque. Buyers can choose between a four-speed automatic and a five-speed manual transmission. Four-cylinder fuel economy is estimated at 22/28 mpg.

i Touring 4WD

3 national listings
Avg. Price: $11,699

The Tribute Touring is a mid-level trim that adds a few luxury and convenience items like a roof rack, tinted windows, and a power driver's seat. Options include a retractable cargo cover, a tow-prep kit, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a premium audio system with a 6-disc CD changer, and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system.

The "i" badge signifies a 2.3-liter four-cylinder powerplant, which generates 153 horsepower and 152 pound-feet of torque. A four-speed automatic or five-speed manual transmission can be paired with this engine, routing the power to all four wheels. Fuel economy is estimated at 22/28 mpg.

s Grand Touring

Avg. Price: $11,694

The top-tier Grand Touring is differentiated by extras like heated exterior mirrors, automatic headlamps, a sunroof, leather-trimmed seats, heated front seats, a retractable cargo cover, and a premium audio system with a 6-disc CD changer. Options include a rear-seat DVD entertainment system and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

The Tribute "s" models house a 3.0-liter V6, which delivers 200 horsepower and 193 pound-feet of torque. This more powerful mill is paired with a four-speed automatic transmission. The V6 Tribute is a fairly capable hauler, with a towing capacity of 3,500 pounds and a payload of 1,145 pounds. Fuel economy is estimated at 18/24 mpg with front-wheel drive.

s Grand Touring 4WD

Avg. Price: $12,375

The Grand Touring Tribute gains a few upscale features beyond what you'll find in the Touring, including heated exterior mirrors, automatic headlamps, a sunroof, leather-trimmed seats, heated front seats, a retractable cargo cover, and a premium audio system with a 6-disc CD changer. A dealer-installed rear-seat DVD entertainment system is optional.

All models with the "s" badge are powered a 3.0-liter V6, making 200 horsepower and 193 pound-feet of torque. This engine is mated to a four-speed automatic transmission, routing power to all four wheels. The s Tributes will achieve 18/24 mpg fuel economy when equipped with all-wheel drive and are able to pull 3,500 pounds.

s Sport

Avg. Price: $12,677

The entry-level Tribute trim is available with a 3.0-liter V6 that generates 200 horsepower and 193 pound-feet of torque. On the Sport, buyers can choose between a four-speed automatic and a five-speed manual transmission. The V6 offers acceptable 18/24 mpg fuel economy and is capable of hauling 3,500 pounds.

The Sport comes reasonably well-equipped; standard features include air-conditioning, full power accessories, cruise control, a CD player, and an auxiliary audio jack. An auto-dimming rearview mirror and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system are all optional.

s Sport 4WD

10 national listings
Avg. Price: $12,610

The Sport trim is the most sparsely equipped of the three Tribute styles, but it still comes standard with air-conditioning, full power accessories, cruise control, a CD player, and an auxiliary audio jack. Some upscale options are also available, including an auto-dimming rearview mirror and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system.

The "s" badge signifies the addition of a 3.0-liter V6, which delivers 200 horsepower and 193 pound-feet of torque. This engine is mated to a four-speed automatic transmission, routing power to all four wheels. The s Tributes will achieve 18/24 mpg fuel economy when equipped with all-wheel drive and are able to pull 3,500 pounds.

s Touring

3 national listings
Avg. Price: $11,171

The "s" trims provide Tribute shoppers with a more-powerful engine option, coming in the form of a 3.0-liter V6 that delivers 200 horsepower and 193 pound-feet of torque. This engine can be paired with a four-speed automatic or a five-speed manual transmission. The s Tributes will achieve 18/24 mpg fuel economy when equipped with all-wheel drive and are able to pull 3,500 pounds.

Touring is the mid-level trim and adds a roof rack, tinted windows, and a power driver's seat. Options include a retractable cargo cover, a tow-prep kit, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a premium audio system with a 6-disc CD changer, and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system.

s Touring 4WD

Avg. Price: $12,775

The mid-level Touring trim includes all of the Sport's standard features - including 16-inch alloy wheels, air-conditioning, full power accessories, cruise control, and a CD player - and adds a roof rack, tinted windows, and a power driver's seat. A towing package, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a premium audio system, and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system are all optional.

The "s" Tributes gain a 3.0-liter V6, making 200 horsepower and 193 pound-feet of torque. This engine delivers power to all four wheels, via a four-speed automatic or a five-speed manual transmission. Fuel economy is estimated at 18/24 mpg with all-wheel drive, and towing capacity is reported at 3,500 pounds.