The SUV that comes out of the plant with the name Mazda
affixed to its back end is one of the more complete in the
compact segment. This shouldn't be too surprising coming
from the manufacturer, which is known for cranking out cars
with a zoom-zoom attitude.
The Mazda Tribute debuted in 2001. As Mazda likes to say,
it has definitely stayed true to its roots as a sport utility
vehicle raised by a family of sports cars. That is a statement
best confirmed by drivers, of which more than a few would
most likely agree.
Most of the Tribute's sportiness is accomplished through
the car-based platform it uses. Like the Ford Escape, its
sibling, the Tribute handles very well. Pretty soon (in
the spring of 2005), a new Tribute should debut.
The 2004 Mazda Tribute is offered in three models for 2004:
DX, LX and ES.
The four-door 2004 Ford Tribute is a compact SUV, but it
doesn't feel like that on the inside. Five passengers find
plenty of space, while up to 63.9 cubic feet of cargo volume
lets you pack in the goods.
The 2004 Mazda Tribute is fairly well appointed with standard
goods. Base DX models come with rear privacy glass, air
conditioning, cloth upholstery, a center console, power
mirrors, windows and door locks, remote keyless entry and
an AM/FM/CD player.
A Luxury Package is offered with LX and ES models. It includes
a power sunroof, an overhead console, an AM/FM/cassette
player with an in-dash 6-disc CD changer and premium speakers.
A roof rack is part of the standard package of all 2004
Mazda Tributes. A rear spoiler, tubular side steps and a
rear step bumper are optional.
The 2004 Mazda Tribute offers front-wheel drive or all-wheel
drive. It doesn't have low-range gearing, but has a dashboard
switch that locks in a 50/50 front-rear torque split.
Base DX models come equipped with a 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder
engine. It produces 130 horsepower and 135 lb-ft of torque.
Mated to the I4 is a 5-speed manual transmission that lets
you take real control of the SUV's speed.
LX and ES models have more standard features and a stronger
engine leading the way. It is a 3.0-liter V6 and it generates
200 horsepower and 200 lb-ft of torque. 4-speed automatic
is the sole transmission for this engine.
Safety and Security
The top-line ES has antilock brakes and front side airbags.
These are both available with the LX trim.