2008 Mazda Tribute

2008 Mazda Tribute Review

Note: This review was created when the 2008 Mazda Tribute was new.

The Tribute delivers excellent safety features at an affordable price, but can't match the handling and power of rivals -- which contributes to an overall ranking near the bottom of its class.




Critics' Rating: 6.6
Performance: 5.5
Interior: 7.4
Safety: 8.8
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Pros & Cons

  • Excellent value among competitors
  • Above average fuel economy
  • Plenty of standard safety equipment
  • Some find engines underpowered
  • Mixed reviews concerning handling
  • No significant improvements made to exterior and interior

2008 Mazda Tribute Overview

For 2008, the Tribute gets a redesign with tweaks to its exterior and interior styling. The majority of auto reviewers praise the value, fuel economy and standard safety features of the Mazda Tribute, but are split when it comes to power, performance and ride quality. Car and Driver explains: "On a scale of 1 to 10, we'd give the Tribute a six. By some measures, 6 out of 10 is spectacular; in baseball, for example, that would translate into a batting average of .600, enough to scare pretty much any pitcher. By other standards, 6 out of 10 would earn you an F on say, a history quiz. The Tribute's rating, alas, is neither spectacular nor failing. It's just, well, not great."

One argument in the Tribute's favor is its strong fuel economy.  The Tribute's 22/28 mpg rating places it near the top of its class, in a year when gas prices have reached new record highs.

The Tribute comes in several trims -- Sport, Touring and Grand Touring -- in either the base "i" or sportier "s" versions, which come with four- and six-cylinder engines, respectively.


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