Used Mazda Tribute 4x4 2001 - 2004 review

Category: Large SUV

Section: What is it like?

2001 - 2004 review
Mazda Tribute 4x4 (01 - 04)
  • Mazda Tribute 4x4 (01 - 04)
  • Mazda Tribute 4x4 (01 - 04)
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What's the used Mazda Tribute 4x4 like?

The Mazda Tribute was jointly developed with the Ford Maverick, and shares the same two petrol engines: a 2.0-litre or 3.0-litre V6 with a standard automatic gearbox. Uniquely for a car of this age, there are two- and four-wheel-drive versions of the 2.0-litre car.

Despite the car's off-road image, it's more at home on the road, although it's not that great there. Despite good steering and a decent ride, there's too much body roll.

The Tribute's cabin borrows much from the Maverick's, which is good and bad news. Good because it's all well laid out and easy to use; bad because it's terribly bland and unappealing.

At least the driving position is good, and there's plenty of room in the front. Headroom is a little tighter in the back, but with plenty of storage in the cabin and a good-sized boot and 60/40 split rear seats, the Tribute can make a decent family car.