The Ford Escape is a near twin to the Mazda Tribute, and it offers Ford's excellent SYNC infotainment system, which isn't available on the Mazda version.
The Nissan Rogue is recommended for good handling among compact crossovers, though its cargo area is small and its continuously variable transmission is unusual.
The main competitor for the Tribute, in fact, may be Mazda's own CX-7 crossover, which is slightly larger and far more carlike, with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and much better road manners.
The relative merits of the two vehicles' styling remains a personal choice.
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|18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4|
|2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility Vehicles||2WD Sport Utility Vehicles||FWD Sport Utility|
|FWD 4-Door I4 Manual Sport||FWD 4-Door XLS||FWD 4-Door i SV||FWD 4-Door S|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle||4 Door||4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle||4 Door|
|Manual||Manual w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Continuously Variable|