2008 Mazda Tribute


2008 Mazda Tribute Interior Review

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


Interior: 7.4

Reviewers give the five-seat 2008 Mazda Tribute average interior ratings for its stylish -- yet fussy -- design and ample -- but not impressive -- cargo space. Edmunds.  Says the "snazzier interior" is greatly improved, "with much better materials."

Car and Driver agrees the interior is snazzy with "piano black" lacquer trim, but also points out a potential irritant. "Within two days, we found ourselves furiously wiping everything in sight with our shirt sleeves, fast food napkins, or whatever else we could find to keep the stuff clean, never realizing what sort of slobs we actually are," they say. "If you're the slightest bit anal retentive, this is not the car for you. Then again, should anything mysteriously disappear from your vehicle, there's likely to be plenty of prints for detectives to work with." However, they did praise the new blue backlighting.


A six-way power driver's seat is standard on all touring models, as well as an adjustable driver's seat lumbar support. Touring levels also feature driver and passenger seatback pockets. Grand Touring models come with leather-trimmed seat surfaces and heated front seats. "The interior is reasonably spacious, particularly in the theatre-style rear seat," says Car and Driver.

Interior Features

The Tribute comes standard with an AM/FM/CD audio system with four speakers. Grand Touring models come with a in-dash, six-disc CD changer with seven speakers. "The new dashboard brings with it a new ergonomic layout, but alas, few ergonomic improvements," says Car and Driver. "Its dozens of black buttons and knobs were difficult to distinguish from one other, especially against the black trim surround pieces. And if you're wearing sunglasses, forget it."

The vehicle also comes standard with a remote keyless illuminated entry system, delayed courtesy lights, dual map and cargo lights and 10-minute retained accessory power for windows.


The Tribute has 29.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row of seats and 66.3 cubic feet with the seats folded down. "Making the most of its 66-cubic-foot capacity requires folding the 60/40-split rear seatbacks down, but only after removing three headrests and tumbling the lower cushions," says Car and Driver. "Is it wrong for us to expect better these days?"

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