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Cons: Firestone Tires
Advice: Test drive Mazda and EscapeLove this car! I never thought an SUV would be fun to drive, but this one has great road feel. Living in the mountains, the power and acceleration are great to have. The only negative were the Firestone tires that cupped at 10k miles and roared incessantly. Replaced them with Michelin CrossTerrain SUV and it rides great now. Seats can get a little uncomfortable on longer trips and there is windnoise at higher speeds, but the sound system is great, so crank it up and enjoy.
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.
Pros: Quality and spaciousness of interior.
Cons: Slight vibration - although, will be corrected in two days.
Advice: Drive the rest, then buy the best.Vehicle was very spacious, responsive, has a smooth ride (comparable to the Mazda 6), and amazingly quiet at highway speeds. Only minor concern was a slight wheel/tire vibration at 50-55mph...which will be corrected by service department after delivery (by choice). Originally, we had no desire to purchase an SUV. Actually, we were ready to purchase the Mazda 6 or the Nissan Altima. After the test drive, we were sold. We love the vehicle and are proud to own it. Our teenage son and daughter have fallen in love with this unit too. Got a 'deal I feel good about:' Got an SUV I feel great about! Many thanks to our salesperson (Margarite) at Mazda of Fort Myers.
Pros: Price with included features in the ES -V6 model/engine power
Cons: Placement of the key ignition.
Advice: Shop around and you may end up at the Tribute. They're willing to negotiate. You'll probably get the price you want. Honda CR-V was a close second, but too small for our needs.We test drove a lower end model of the Tribute, and was so impressed that we ended up buying one that was still in PDI with all the wrappings on it. Hadn't been driven more than 7 miles before we got to it. (In other words, no one had test driven it before. It was literally out of the box.) The color we got was blue--and was told it was one of two discontinued colors since they weren't selling very well. We prefer the blue; too bad they discontinued that color. Green is the other one discontinued. Overall, we are very please with nearly every aspect of this vehicle.
Pros: Smooth transmission. Comfort. Standard features
Cons: key position
Advice: Get one. If you can drive a stick......get a manual.......plenty of go for the dough! The aftermarket leather added a lot to the car.I have owned that car about 4 months. I decided to buy the manual transmissoin model because of the lower price (I hated the column shifter). A benefit has been the good milage and I love driving that smooth 5 speed transmission. It seems to have plenty of power even with a 4 cyl engine. Ended up with putting in aftermarket leather seats too in the base model. Aside from a sunroof it seems to have almost everything the top end has. Even the base model has many features and I just keep finding new ones the dealer did not show me. Starting to get a few little rattles, and there is a little wind noise; but the car is very comfortable and will hold people or cargo.
Pros: Premium Radio System/Moonroof/Power Seat/Great Body Style
Cons: The Gear on the Steering Wheel is a bit long
Advice: Get as many options as you can for comfortSo far I have had my Mazda Tribute for 3 weeks and it has performed very well. I am a bit concerned about the gas mileage, but I'll survive. It rides comfortably. It looks good on the road (I love the shine it holds!). It is quite roomy on the inside. The sound system is great. I don't particularly like the placement of the gear shift because it gets in the way of the radio and the ignition switch is a bit awkward. Overall, I am really pleased with the vehicle. I've heard good things from others who have had it much longer and that pleases me. I'm excited about putting it on the road because I know the exterior looks comparibly better than other SUV's rolling down the highway.
Pros: The Acceleration and Control
Cons: Seats are a little hard
Advice: If you are singleI test drove the Tribute and probably 25 other vehicles before making my buying decision. The power of the Tribute is impressive. No problems with merging into on-going traffic here! This puppy will fly! It handles like a dream, and the features are great. The service we received from our dealer made us feel like kings. I never had a better car-buying experience. My wife and I have put over 50,000 miles on it already! We travel a lot in business, and it is a pleasure to drive. It's not quite as comfortable to travel long hauls in as a van, but it has much more power and curb appeal. Great Buy!