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Mazda Tribute Classic Car

Author: Date: 1 March

Mazda has joined the fast band of manufacturers to offer a in the light/medium segment of the four-wheel market. Mazda’s Tribute the field with car-like ease of operation, off-road and the flexibility to handle both and leisure operation.

Although with the Ford Escape, the two are claimed to be quite different, the Tribute being the more and sophisticated of the two.

With a driving position, good solid feel and roomy Mazda has managed to maintain of the desirable aspects of the more off-road vehicles and produce it in a that is affordable and easy to for the average small family.

believes its main competition come from Toyota’s and Honda’s CR-V. However, are many other Sport Vehicles (SUV) vehicles of size such as the Frontera, Fe, Korando, Freelander, Forester and that would be similarly and should not be overlooked.

There are levels in the Tribute range of the base model ‘Limited’ either a four cylinder or a V6 the mid-range V6 ‘Classic’ and the top-of-the V6 ‘Luxury’. Prices start at for the four cylinder manual and rise to $33,990 for the V6 automatic $39,390 for the V6 automatic ‘Classic’.

Features equipment

The Tribute is equipped with power tinted glass, velour fabric, variable intermittent power antenna, airconditioning, windows, remote central engine immobiliser, CD player, adjustable front seatbelts pre-tensioners, dual front power steering and full-time drive as standard on all models. The ‘Classic’ has alloy wheels, side cladding, roof front fog lamps, power sun driver’s seat lumbar cruise control, CD stacker, and the ‘Luxury’ model adds trim and side airbags for seat passengers.

The four engine that powers the model ‘Limited’ is a two litre, 16 valve unit that 98 kW of power and 186 Nm of torque. This was developed to maximise power and efficiency, with an emphasis on at low and mid-range road speeds.

The three litre, V6, DOHC, 24 engine, as fitted to the test is available in all models. It boasts engine performance and features induction manifolding, optimising low torque, high fuel cleaner emissions and optimal with low noise, vibration and across its entire operating

The engines were developed existing Ford Zetec and power units and were to provide the attributes that suited a SUV.

The five-speed-manual is only available in the basic model with the two litre cylinder engine. While it is in operation, the ratios have selected to optimise smooth as well as top-end performance for and highway cruising.

The four-speed-automatic transmission is the standard used with all models with the V6 engine and features a shift lever that has advantages of access and space although some would it is not as convenient or easy to use as a console lever. This transmission features a ‘slope control’ enables more efficient on uphill grades by using from the accelerator, vehicle and load, to control and minimise shifting and excess throttle

Both engines drive all wheels through their transmissions and Mazda’s Rotary Coupling (RBC), which is at the input of the rear axle This unit incorporates input and output shafts are interconnected by a set of blades or discs and an clutch, fitted inside a filled with silicone When a difference in speed the front and rear wheels the slippage in the RBC causes the silicone to heat up, locking up the discs and optimal torque transfer.

the driver can choose to lock-up the RBC using the dash-mounted 4WD switch to the clutch pack by means of activated cams.

The Tribute’s suspension uses McPherson with an ‘L’ shaped arm and a stabiliser bar linked to the strut The rear suspension is an all-new design with the coil and the damper mounted on the trailing arm in and behind the rear axle, The power assisted rack and steering is speed-sensitive, and mounted on the crossmember to gain rigidity and vibration and noise levels.

While ventilated brake are used on the front of all models, the wheels are restricted to conventional systems. However, all V6 cars are with anti-lock brake (ABS) and Electronic Brake-force (EBD) that automatically the ratio of braking between the and rear wheels.

In addition to the ABS and EBD, the Tribute is fitted dual front airbags on all with side airbags for the front seat occupants in the ‘Luxury’ model. Other features include pre-tensioners and limiters in the front seatbelts, absorbing ‘B’ and ‘C’ and a shock absorbing steering

A keyless remote door system featuring a rolling that is automatically changed time the system is operated, with an inbuilt engine to provide a reasonable level of

Body finish

At first the Tribute gives an impression of and muscle with its high large wheels and tyres, track and compact body. Its styling is pleasing with clean lines that on the conservative. Panel and paint is of usual Mazda high

Galvanised and high tensile is used extensively throughout the structure and panels, with attention to anti-corrosion materials in areas. As with all modern a high percentage of plastic is used in non-structural areas, and externally, to reduce corrosion, weight and cost.


Behind the wheel

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The steering tilt and driver’s seat are adjustable, enabling a comfortable behind the steering wheel. and controls are clearly marked, easy reach and function with the exception of the column selector as previously mentioned. The control switches, conveniently on the steering wheel, enable settings of two km/h increments per of the set and coast buttons.

Being than a normal sedan, from the driver’s seat is than average and the rear is clear of major obstruction, to the underfloor spare wheel

On the road

The 3.0 litre V6 engine as to the test vehicle has more enough power to cope any on-road situation and while the is very responsive, it is difficult to smoothly in slow urban conditions.

The automatic transmission is and responsive with a smooth and shift pattern, although the on uphill gradients can be over at times. The column selector is smooth and positive and works as as that type of system However, it is not as pleasant or convenient to use as the common console mounted

The conventional disc/drum brake works well both in wet and dry ably assisted by the ABS as fitted to the vehicle. Braking distances in our testing were very for a vehicle of this size and and there was no fade or excessive evident, assisted in part by the open style alloy

Although it is not possible to attain car handling with a vehicle as the Tribute, its responsive steering, suspension, all-wheel-drive and limited roll enabled it to competently both on and off-road conditions. Its diameter wheels and supple helped to smooth out the potholes and that are normally an annoyance in with smaller wheels.

Off the

Although described as a four-wheel vehicle, the Tribute was never to cope with serious situations. However, with clearance, wheel size and in excess of most vehicles of type and size, its ability in the is quite acceptable. Its ability for serious off-road encounters is by the transmission, ground clearance, travel and enthusiastic throttle

The RBC unit worked well a more positive drive to all wheels was required, although was some noise evident turning either left or in this mode. I found the off-road ability to be quite for the average weekend adventurer who is equipped nor experienced to cope anything other.



Although a entry to the light/medium SUV market, Tribute has already earned a up there with the segment With a style that’s on the eyes, class leading space and comfort plus to match, the Tribute appears for success. With more in the rear than most of this size, it offers comfort for four adults or a with older children.

has successfully achieved a compromise sedan comfort and four drive versatility and for prospective requiring those features, the is certainly worthy of consideration.

Mazda Tribute Electric Cars
Mazda Tribute Electric Cars
Mazda Tribute Electric Cars
Mazda Tribute Electric Cars
Mazda Tribute Electric Cars
Mazda Tribute Electric Cars
Mazda Tribute Electric Cars
Mazda Tribute Electric Cars
Mazda Tribute Electric Cars
Mazda Tribute Electric Cars


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