2008 Mazda Tribute Reviews, Ratings & Specs

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Color:  Kiwi Green
Kelley Blue Book Value®
$6,117 - $8,023
Used Fair Purchase Price Range
Crash Test
MPG (up to)
17 City / 22 HWY
Horsepower
133-200
Seats
5

How 2008 Mazda Tribute Ranks In Its Class

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#6
  By Price
Ranks  
#15
  By Experts
Ranks  
#18
  By MPG

Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

You'll Like The 2008 Mazda Tribute If...

Drivers who prefer car-like ride and handling qualities but want a vehicle with bolder, truck-like visual traits could well find the Tribute more appealing than competitors like the Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue or Saturn Vue.

Mazda Tribute Models & Trims

Sport $6,117 - $7,610
Horsepower: 153 hp - 200 hp
Engine Type: Gas I4, Gas V6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 16 x 7.0 (in.) - Alloy
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
Touring $6,402 - $7,945
Horsepower: 133 hp - 200 hp
Engine Type: Gas I4, Gas V6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 16 x 7.0 (in.) - Alloy
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
Grand Touring $6,368 - $8,023
Horsepower: 133 hp - 200 hp
Engine Type: Gas I4, Gas V6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 16 x 7.0 (in.) - Alloy
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning

Owner Reviews

4.11
1 star
0%

It's 4 wheel drive and offers great handling and traction control in the snow.

I like that it is 4 wheel drive since I live in the Northeast and it has great traction in the snow. The interior is roomy and the leather seats are comfortable in both the front and back. I enjoy the 5 CD disc player and the sound quality is good. The storage area in the back is adequate and the roof rack comes in handy for transporting large items.

Paula W
Helpful

Mazda black beauty sleek sporty SUV.

I love my 2008 Mazda tribute! It handles like a small vehicle but interior is very spacious and comfortable. Sharp looking inside and out. Back seats fold flat which I love for shopping/moving, it's so convenient. I have had no problems with this vehicle in the 1 yr. 3 months that I've owned it-besides routine maintenance.

Natasha A
Helpful

The detail could use some work.

My 2008 Mazda tribute has always been a safe and reliable vehicle. I have never had any major problems with it other than having to change the ball bearings and etc. It may be a little old in years but if someone ever wanted to purchase a use vehicle for a reasonable amount, then this vehicle would be a great choice!

Susan M
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Compare Models & Key Features

Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$6,117 - $7,610
$6,402 - $7,945

Horsepower

Horsepower
153 - 200 (hp)
133 - 200 (hp)

Bluetooth

BackUp Camera

Engine Type

Engine Type
2.3L DOHC SMPI 16, 3.0L DOHC SMPI 24
2.3L DOHC SMPI 16, 3.0L DOHC SMPI 24, 2.3L 16, Permanent Magnet electric motor
Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Alarm

Alarm
Standard
Standard

BackUp Camera

HeadsUp Display

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
Standard
Standard

Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Rain Sensing Wipers

Heated Mirrors

Heated Steering Wheel

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
Standard
Standard

Steering Wheel Controls

Cruise Control

Cruise Control
Standard
Standard

Power Windows

Power Windows
Standard
Standard

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost
Standard
Standard

Privacy Glass

Privacy Glass
Not Available
Standard

Premium Sound System

Premium Sound System
Not Available
Optional
Optional

Driver Restriction Features

Automatic Parking

Power Steering

Power Steering
Standard
Standard

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
41.6 (in.)
41.6 (in.)

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
40.4 (in.)
40.4 (in.)

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
35.6 (in.)
35.6 (in.)

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
39.2 (in.)
39.2 (in.)

Trunk Volume

Cargo Volume

Entertainment

Bluetooth

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
Standard
Standard

Entertainment System

Entertainment System
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

WiFi Hotspot

Smart Device Integration

AUX Input

AUX Input
Standard
Standard

CD Player

CD Player
Standard
Standard

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

Climate Control
Not Available
Standard

AC

Dual Zone

Dual Zone
Not Available
Standard

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Cell PhoneHookup

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Cloth
Cloth

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Power Driver Seat

Power Driver Seat
Not Available
Standard

Power Passenger Seat

Heated Front Seats

Heated Rear Seats

Cooled Front Seats

Cooled Rear Seats

Seat Memory

3rd Row Seating

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
Standard
Standard

Seat Massage

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
Not Available
Standard
Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Aluminum
Aluminum

Power Liftgate

Hands Free Liftgate

Power Folding Mirror

Bed Liner

Rear Spoiler

Running Boards

Running Boards
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P235/70TR16
P235/70TR16

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
103.1 (in.)
103.1 (in.)

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
39.3 (ft.)
39.3 (ft.)

Length

Length
174.9 (in.)
174.9 (in.)

Width

Width
71.1 (in.)
71.1 (in.)
Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
3233 - 3503 (.lbs)
3300 - 3764 (.lbs)

Horsepower

Horsepower
153 (hp)
153 (hp)

Torque

Torque
152 (ft. lbs.)
152 (ft. lbs.)

Maximum Towing Capacity

Maximum Towing Weight

Maximum Towing Weight
150 - 350 (.lbs)
100 - 350 (.lbs)

Trailer Hitch Receiver

Gas Electric Hybrid

Gas Electric Hybrid
Not Available
Standard

FlexFuel Electric Hybrid

PlugIn Electric Gas

PlugIn Electric FlexFuel

Turbocharged

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes
Not Available
Standard

Limited Slip Differential

Performance Tires

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
V6 Cylinder, 4 Cylinder
V6 Cylinder, 4 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
4 Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive
4 Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
16.5 (gal.)
15 (gal.)

Combined

Combined
21 (mpg)
21 (mpg)

City

City
18 (mpg)
18 (mpg)

Highway

Highway
23 (mpg)
23 (mpg)

Suspension

Active Suspension

Air Suspension

Stance Suspension

Transmission

Manual Mode

Overdrive

CTV Transmission

CTV Transmission
Not Available
Standard
Safety Features

Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire

Tow Hooks

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
Standard
Standard

Automatic Headlights

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System
Standard
Standard

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks
Standard
Standard

Stability Control

Stability Control
Standard
Standard

Traction Control

Traction Control
Standard
Standard

HID Headlights

Auto Leveling Headlinghts

Rear Parking Sensors

Adaptive Cruise Control

Night Vision

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking
Standard
Standard

Blind Spot Monitor

Lane Keeping Assist

Lane Departure Warning

Cross Traffic Alert

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag OnOff Switch

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
Standard
Standard

Rear Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
Standard
Standard

Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor
Standard
Standard

Knee Airbag

Seatbelt Airbag

Crash Test Results: Front, Side & Rollover

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides consumers with information about crash protection and rollover safety.

Overall
Front
Side
Rollover

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is a non-profit group which conducts safety testing beyond federal regulations. "Good" is the highest rating.

Moderate Overlap Front
A
Side
G
Roof Strength
M
Driver-side Overlap Front
N/A
G
Good
A
Acceptable
M
Marginal
P
Poor

Safety Features

  • 4-wheel antilock brake system *
  • Electronic brakeforce distribution w/brake assist *
  • Driver & front passenger advanced front airbags w/driver seat position sensor, passenger weight sensors
  • Side curtain airbags w/rollover protection
  • Side impact airbags
  • 3-point seat belts for all seating positions
  • Front safety belt height adjusters & pretensioners w/force limiters
  • Childproof rear door locks
  • Rear seat child seat lower anchors & tethers (LATCH system)
  • ISO FIX floor child seat anchor
  • Roll stability control
  • Traction control system *
  • Dynamic stability control *
  • Side-impact door beams
  • Rear seatback reinforcement
  • Front/rear crumple zones
  • Triple-H body construction

* Optional Safety Feature

Long-Term Reliability

J.D. Power Ratings

JD Power's Initial Quality Study measures issues with a vehicle the first 90 days after purchase.

‌Overall
Mechanical
Powertrain Quality
Body & Interior Design
‌Features
Among the best
Among the best
Among the best
Among the best

Safety Recalls (1)

Recall May 29, 2014
Report Receipt Date:
May 29, 2014
NHTSA Campaign:
14V282000
Summary:
Mazda North American Operations (Mazda) is recalling certain model year 2008-2011 Tribute vehicles manufactured October 5, 2006, through September 11, 2010. The affected vehicles have a steering torque sensor that may not be able to properly detect driver steering input. As a result, the system could remove the Electric Power Steering (EPS) assist.
Consequence:
If power steering assist is lost, greater driver effort would be required to steer the vehicle at low speeds, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy:
Mazda will notify owners and dealers will update the software for the power steering control module (PSCM) and the instrument cluster module, free of charge. If a vehicle shows a history of a loss of the torque sensor signal or fault codes relating to the PSCM when the vehicle is brought in for the recall remedy, the affected components will be replaced, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in July 2014. Owners may contact Mazda customer service at 1-248-295-7859. Mazda's number for this recall is 7614E

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