2002 Mazda Tribute Ratings

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Mazda Tribute 2002
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    2002 Mazda Tribute - ES V6 (A4) FWD

    Pros: The power that it puts out.

    Cons: where the radio antenna is. I would have put it in the glass or a small one on the top.

    Advice: If you want the ES wait till the end of the year you will get a better deal. thats what I did.

    The test drive was the best part. The Tribute handles vary well and I felt in control of it. It has a solid body and is better looking than the Escape (Ford). The power is always there and ready to go. And the saftey features are great the side airbags are vary nice and the leg room is the best. I love sitting in the back with my daughter because of the seats lay back as well as the front which makes it nice for long trips. The layout of the Tribute is well thought out I enjoy driving my Tribute every day. I have had it for a year and it does not seem that long.

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    2002 Mazda Tribute - ES V6 (A4) 4x4

    Pros: Body style and engine performance. Great stereo system as well.

    Cons: Wind noise (see additional comments).

    Advice: Test drive without radio on and in an area where you can build up speed.

    I purchased the 2002 model in September 2001. The entire steering rack had to be replaced within two months of purchase, but no other problems since. I like the body style of this vehicle, the roomy interior, and the engine power. There are a few minor changes I would prefer: power passenger seat, lighted cruise controls on steering wheel, deeper size storage bins and a single slotted storage bin at top, rather than the two small areas for sunglasses,etc. The one real complaint I have is the wind noise inside the vehicle. I had my dealership check out the rubber seals around the windows, and no problems found. The wind noise is quite significant, and I am always being asked if there is a window down. If anyone else has had this problem, PLEASE email me. I would appreciate the input. I love this vehicle, but find myself wanting to trade vehicles when the wind noise really bothers me.

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    2002 Mazda Tribute - LX V6 (A4) 4x4

    Pros: V6

    Cons: Gearshift on column

    Advice: Pay close attention to the sticker's list of standard equipment verses what is really on the car.

    I was very impressed by the power of the Tribute. When my wife test drove the Tribute she almost ran into another vehicle before leaving the lot because of the power. There is a little wind noise when traveling on the freeway, but bearable. The gear shift on the column is a bummer.

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    2002 Mazda Tribute - ES V6 (A4) FWD

    Pros: Driving it.

    Cons: Letting my wife drive it.

    Advice: Test drive everything else first, then go and buy a Tribute.

    Power. Handling. Comfort. Quality. Those four words sum it all up. A nice 200hp engine jumpstarts your day with a throaty growl, while superior balance and suspension leave you always feeling in full control. And all of this while resting in comfortable leather seats and surrounded by a well built, high-safety rated frame (not to mention multiple airbags, abs and more). What more could a SUV driver want? A great price? It's got that, too.

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    2002 Mazda Tribute - ES V6 (A4) 4x4

    Pros: It's wider than a Explorer, leading to the most balanced feeling SUV I've driven (outside a hmvee which is 4x more expensive and impractical for daily driving)

    Cons: Why don't they include a full-size spare? Because the tires are ome you can't even buy a matching tire.

    Advice: If you like the features, interior space and power of larger SUVs but not the $30 - 40,000 sticker, look at a fully loaded ES-4WD Tribute (which you can get for about $22,700 after factory rebates)..

    Interstate driving at 'passing' speeds of (ahem) 85 mph -- easy. The 200HP V6 never had to strain, even when passing while going uphill. City driving -- no problem. Best suspension package in class mixed with best acceleration in class (and what feels like the best transmission in class) equal fun city driving. Offroading. While I have never gone anywhere rough enough to need to use the 4-Lock feature, the normal mode of 4WD combined with the 8.5' clearance and great suspension have equaled great offroad capabilities. I am actually not worried at all about this winter now. While not as smooth-riding in the city as a Highlander, it is roomier and more capable offroad. And while not as off-road capable as a Jeep, it is a far better ride on paved streets and highways (and gets much better gas mileage). All in all I'd say the Tribute is the best overall handling SUV in it's class (and one of the best out of it's class) in my opinion -- and I have driven them all.

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    2002 Mazda Tribute - ES V6 (A4) 4x4

    Pros: The over all classy look of the vehicle.

    Cons: The Shift control on the consol it should be on the floor

    Advice: To compare it to the same size and style suv and I think you will agree that you get the best bang for your buck with the Tribute.

    It has a great ride and has a lot of room inside for four.It has good power and handles well. The options like leather seats, power windows and locks,6 cd changer,power moonroof and visiblity from the drivers seat make this a fine vehicle.

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    2002 Mazda Tribute - ES V6 (A4) FWD

    Pros: performance

    Cons: front seats lower back support

    Advice: drive it you will love it

    The Tribute was delivered in perfect condition in October of 2001 and hasn't been back to the dealer since. Absolutely flawless!