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Cons: Some of the trim is a little 'plasticy' and cheap appearing
Advice: Tyy it, you'll love it.I bought the LX-V6 4WD about 1 month ago. I got the luxury package (moonroof & premium stereo - well worth the cost), ABS & towing package. I preferred the cloth seats over the leather. Excellent power, reasonable gas milage. I'm averaging about 20-21mpg combined city/highway. I think this vehicle is the best looking SUV in its class. The handling is great. Much better than I expected for an SUV. The Tribute is classified as a 'compact' SUV, but is by far the largest, roomiest vehicle in its class. It appears to compare more with mid-size SUVs which tend to run at least $5000 more. My only complaint so far was a bit of ill-fitting trim on the driver's side roof pillar. It didn't sit flush with the dash. And the rear wiper wouldn't touch the glass. However, both were corrected after a trip back to the dealer. The fit & finish isn't quite up to the standard of a Toyota or Honda, but I think this is the best deal for a vehicle in this category.
Pros: Brakes are very good.
Cons: The air conditioner is pathetic and dealer will not address the issue.
Advice: Make sure the air conditioner is comfortable for you under normal driving conditions. Run the AC without recirculated air to see if it cools ok.Car hesitates at low speeds and in turns. Seems to shift hard and hesitate from first to second gear.
Cons: 4 CL It would be nice to have a V6 or best V8
Advice: Look out for bad servicemen at dealership.Great handling, has perk to pass.
Advice: BEWARE!I bought one and 3 days later had it in the shop. I was sitting at a traffic light and the vehicle just stalled on me. The dealer said it was a Pollution Control Valve. We'll see. I haven't gotten it back yet, but beware of buying this vehicle. Many people (20 percent) have reported stalling in reviews accross the web.
Cons: Location of ignition & the column shift lever is in the way of radio controls
Advice: Get all the extra features that you would need--worth the extra moneyBarely pressed on the accelerator & boy did it take off--zoom,zoom,zoom!! Really caught me by surprise for a small SUV with a V6. Especially since I was used to driving an Infiniti I30 and basically had resigned myself to whatever I would test drive in a V6 category would not compare. This vehicle really lived up to the comparison.
Pros: Fit and finish. Our kids love the second row power windows and large moonroof.
Cons: There is nothing so far.
Advice: Don't automatically get lured by the competitions large incentives. Compare options and features with the MPV.This is a fun vehicle to drive. How many mini vans can you say that about? Performance and handling are top notch(extremely smooth transmission) as is the quality that is felt throughout. Besides being the best looking mini van on the road, it is one of the safest. Before you buy, compare with the competition: quality and reliability(do the homework), safety, unique features and great amenities standard/offered, and a great driving experience. Your kids will love you and get fresh air all at once.
Pros: The speedy acceleration
Cons: The placement of the ignition
Advice: Go Test Drive itI was very surprised with the acceleration of this vehicle. Most SUV's I had driven had not shown so much get-up-and-go. I was very impressed, I bought an LX 2WD with the audio package. Aside from the excellent acceleration, the 6 cd changer and speakers sound wonderful. The seats are very comfortable and the view from the drivers seat in open. I think it is also one of the best looking SUV's on the market today. I was also very impressed by the price tag, I got everything I wanted for just about 20K, comparable models (i.e. Rav4, CR-V) had smaller engines and less features for higher price tags. Overall, I am very impressed and would definitely suggest this vehicle to anyone in the SUV market.