2010 Mazda Tribute this year is not seen with restyling or other changes in the craft. It is similar to the Mercury Mariner and Ford Escape in design. It is basically a 5-passenger compacted 4-door SUV with a glass aperture lift-gate. It gives amazing acceleration power with its V6 engine, is good in visibility and offers enough room for both the passengers and cargo. Among the pitfalls is the poor material used in the interior coupled with wind noise and engine clamor.
Tribute brings back the Touring, Sporty and Grand Touring spruce versions. All the editions are offered in AWD and front-wheel drive, where as the hybrids are available solely in California. The three aforementioned versions initiate with “i” and comprise of 2.5 liter capacity with 4-cylinder engine producing 171 horsepower. The Grand Touring version also comes up with prefix “s” that includes 3 liter capacity with V6 engine producing 240 horsepower and can utilize E85 ethanol fuel. This model gives a smooth riding pleasure without much hassle.
The hybrid model of 2010 Mazda Tribute is available in Touring plus Grand Touring spruces. It is equipped with 2.5 liter capacity having gas 4-cylinder engine using electric motor to produce 153 horsepower. The hybrid is capable to use any of the fuel sources as per requirement with no plug-in needed. Both the automatic and manual transmissions are available for i-Sport 2-wheel drive. 6-speed automatic transmission is offered in every model of Tribute line-up. These cars utilize CVT- continuously variable transmission that act similar to the automatic. The utmost hauling power with its 4-cylinder is of 1,500 pounds and with its V6 engine it is capable of 3,500 pounds.
The safety features included in 2010 Mazda Tribute are antiskid system, traction control, ABS and airbags for the front-side and curtain side. The standard Grand Touring features are heat optioned front seats, sunroof and leather-seating. The automatic transmission and keyless engine initiation are incorporated in all the regular Tribute models.
The vehicles are rated into 18 classes by Consumer Guide Automotive based on the basis of their market grade, cost and size. The compacted SUVs serve as the most convenient coupes in terms of fuel efficiency and cost. They are not meant for robust off-road drive and have a carcass similar to usual cars. Mostly accommodate 5 passengers and some 7 passengers in number.
The best vehicles rated are Volkswagen Tiguan and Honda CR-V. The recommended ones are Mazda Tribute, Toyota RAV4, Suzuki Grand Vitara, Ford Escape, Subaru Forester and Mercury Mariner. The newest or the extensively reshaped models in this category include Mitsubishi Outlander, Honda CR-V and Hyundai Tucson.