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2006 Mazda Tribute

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Stock # :
8115
VIN # :
4F2YZ02Z56KM02839
Engine:
2.3L 4 Cylinder Engine
Exterior Color:
Classic White
Interior Color:
Gray
Body
Sport Utility
Transmission:
Automatic
City MPG:
22
Highway MPG:
26
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Edmunds.com Ratings & Reviews

2006 mazda tribute

Consumer Reviews from Edmunds.com

Overall Consumer Ratings
4.3
66 Total Consumer Reviews
5 Star - (55%)
4 Star - (29%)
3 Star - (15%)
2 Star - (2%)
1 Star - (2%)

Edmunds.com Consumer Rating (out of 5)

PERFORMANCE
4.3
COMFORT
4.4
INTERIOR
4.3
RELIABILITY
4.2
VALUE
5

Edmunds.com Expert Review

Edmunds Says

Roomy on the inside, stylish on the outside and fun to drive wherever it goes, the 2006 Mazda Tribute is one of our favorite small SUVs.

What's New

After receiving significant updates last year, the Mazda Tribute SUV enters 2006 unchanged.

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PROS

Roomy and comfortable interior, peppy V6 engine, drives more like a car than a truck, long list of standard features.

Introduction

The 2005 model year marked the first serious refresh for the Mazda Tribute. The previous generation's weak four-cylinder base engine was replaced by a 2.3-liter four with 153 horsepower and 152 lb-ft of torque. Styling revisions were in evidence inside and out, and a revised suspension system took care of things underfoot. A new electronic four-wheel-drive system, called Active Torque Control Coupling, uses an electromagnetic clutch to control the amount of torque sent to the rear wheels. In other words, power is split front to rear according to the engine control computer, and the system can react appropriately before traction is ever lost.

As always, the Mazda Tribute is more a car masquerading as a truck than a truck masquerading as a car. It drives like a tall, sporty station wagon, feeling nimble and surefooted on pavement. The trade-off, of course, is that when you get a Tribute into the mud, it is somewhat limited in its capability to bash boulders and scrabble up mountainsides. Thus, it is perfectly suited to the lifestyles of the majority of its buyers, who live in cities and suburbs and use it to haul groceries, children and the occasional piece of furniture. Stylish, speedy (with the V6) and spacious, the 2006 Mazda Tribute is one of the best small SUVs on the market.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The four-door Mazda Tribute is available in base i and high-line s trims. The i comes with a decent amount of standard equipment, including 16-inch alloy wheels, a roof rack, air conditioning, a CD player and power windows, mirrors and locks. The s adds privacy glass, a height-adjustable driver seat and cruise control. Key options include leather upholstery, a power driver seat, an upgraded seven-speaker audio system with a CD changer, a moonroof and a class II towing package. A rear-seat DVD entertainment system can be ordered on any Tribute as long as a sunroof isn't involved.

Powertrains and Performance

Two engines are available in the Mazda Tribute. The i comes with a 153-hp, 2.3-liter, four-cylinder engine matched to a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. The s gets a 3.0-liter V6 engine good for 200 hp. A four-speed automatic is standard with the V6. Both Mazda SUV models are available with either front-wheel drive (2WD) or an electronic four-wheel-drive system (4WD). Maximum towing capacity is 3,500 pounds.

Safety

Four-wheel antilock brakes with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and BrakeAssist are standard on all models. Side curtain airbags are optional on the s model only. The Tribute scored very well in governmental crash testing, earning a perfect five stars for the driver and four stars for the front passenger in the frontal-impact category, and five stars across the board for side impacts. Frontal-offset crash testing conducted by the IIHS told a different story, however, as the Tribute earned a "Marginal" rating (the second lowest of four). The Tribute did earn a "Good" in IIHS side-impact testing when equipped with side airbags.

Interior Design and Special Features

Tribute cabins are roomy and functional with plenty of room for four passengers and a simple control layout. All radio head units are satellite radio-compatible (Mazda dealers can install a Sirius receiver). In general, materials quality is not as impressive as that of other Mazda vehicles, but considering the economical nature of this small SUV, most buyers won't find it lacking. Cargo capacity is generous for a small SUV with 30 cubic feet behind the rear seats and a total of 66 cubic feet when the seats are folded.

Driving Impressions

Mazda markets the Tribute as the Miata of SUVs, and the claim isn't far off the mark. With a wide track and powerful V6, the Tribute handles better than most SUVs on the road, driving more like a sporty car than a truck. Ride quality is smooth, making this SUV a suitable choice for commuting or hauling around the family. Equipped with 4WD, the Mazda Tribute can easily take on snow and ice during the winter. One of the few drawbacks to this Mazda SUV is the V6 engine's mediocre gas mileage. This year's new 153-hp four-cylinder is a good option for buyers on tighter budgets -- expect adequate acceleration and better mileage than what you'd get with the V6.

Standard Equipment at time of original manufacture release.

Convenience & Comfort

  • A/C
  • Adjustable Steering Wheel
  • Automatic Headlights
  • Cruise Control
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Floor Mats
  • Front Reading Lamps
  • Intermittent Wipers
  • Keyless Entry
  • Luggage Rack
  • Power Door Locks
  • Power Mirror(s)
  • Power Outlet
  • Power Steering
  • Power Windows
  • Privacy Glass
  • Rear Defrost
  • Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers

Drivetrain & Engine

  • Front Wheel Drive
  • Gasoline Fuel

Entertainment

  • AM/FM Stereo
  • CD Player

Safety

  • ABS
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes
  • Passenger Air Bag

Seat & Trim

  • Bucket Seats
  • Pass-Through Rear Seat
  • Rear Bench Seat

Tires & Wheels

  • Temporary Spare Tire

Featured Equipment below have been confirmed on vehicle today. Additional equipment not listed may still be available.

Installed Features

  • (1) front/(2) rear assist grips
  • (2) a-pillar assist grips
  • (2) front aux pwr outlets
  • (2) front/(2) rear cupholders
  • 10-minute accessory off delay
  • 120-amp alternator
  • 2-speed variable intermittent windshield wipers
  • 2.3L DOHC SMPI 16-valve I4 engine
  • 3-point seat belts for all seating positions
  • 4-speed automatic transmission w/OD
  • 60-amp/hr battery
  • 60/40 split fold-down rear seat w/adjustable headrests
  • Air conditioning
  • Black folding pwr side mirrors
  • Body color bodyside trim
  • Body color bumpers
  • Body color wheel arch moldings
  • Cargo area lamp
  • Child safety rear door locks
  • Chrome plated front grille bar

 

  • Cruise control w/steering wheel mounted controls
  • Driver & front passenger airbags
  • Dual front map lights
  • Dual sun visors-inc vanity mirror w/cover
  • Engine immobilizer anti-theft system
  • Fixed intermittent rear wiper w/washer
  • Front belts w/adjustable shoulder height anchors, pretensioners, force limiter
  • Front door map pockets
  • Front stabilizer bar
  • Front wheel drive
  • Front/rear coil springs, shocks
  • Front/rear crumple zones
  • Halogen headlights-inc: auto shutoff w/delay
  • Illuminated entry
  • Independent MacPherson front strut suspension
  • Instrumentation-inc: tachometer, (2) trip odometers, coolant temp gauge
  • Large center console w/covered storage bin
  • Locking glove box
  • P235/70TR16 all-season tires
  • Pwr front ventilated disc/rear drum brakes

 

  • Pwr rack & pinion steering w/engine speed sensing variable assist
  • Pwr window lockout
  • Pwr windows w/driver-side one-touch down, pwr window lockout
  • Rear door & liftgate privacy glass
  • Rear flip up liftgate window
  • Rear heater ducts
  • Rear multi-link suspension w/double lateral links & trailing arms
  • Rear seat child seat lower anchors & tethers (LATCH system)
  • Rear window defogger
  • Roof rack w/cross bars
  • Side repeater lamps
  • Side-impact door beams
  • Sirius satellite radio-ready head unit
  • Solar tint windshield
  • Temporary mini spare tire
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Warning lights-inc: check engine, oil pressure, battery charge, low fuel

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