The Ford Escape is a near-twin to the Tribute, and it wears an even larger grille.
The Nissan Rogue is a new entry among compact crossovers, and it's recommended for good handling, though its cargo area is small and its transmission unusual.
The Tribute's main competition may in fact be Mazda's own CX-7 crossover, a slightly larger, far more carlike vehicle with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and much better road manners and styling.
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|2008 Mazda TributeBrowse Used Listings||2009 Ford EscapeBrowse Used Listings||2008 Mazda CX-7Browse Used Listings||2008 Nissan RogueBrowse Used Listings|
|17 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4|
|SUV||2WD Sport Utility Vehicles||2WD Sport Utility Vehicles||FWD Sport Utility|
|FWD I4 Manual Sport||FWD 4-Door I4 Manual XLS||FWD 4-Door Sport||FWD 4-Door S w/CA Emissions|
|Front wheel drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door SUV||4 Door||4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle||4 Door|
|Manual||Manual w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Continuously Variable|