2010 Mazda Tribute vs. Its Competition

2010 Mazda Tribute FWD I4 Auto Sport Angular Front Exterior View
John Voelcker John Voelcker Senior Editor

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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7.2
The 2010 Mazda Tribute wears crisp SUV sheetmetal and offers a high-mileage hybrid model, but it's something of an oddity in the zoomy Mazda lineup.
7.6
Don’t let the 2010 Ford Escape’s boxy, old-school appearance turn you off; the Escape is a solid, fuel-efficient choice for city-dwelling families.
8.0
If you want the driving experience of a sports sedan but need the versatility of a wagon, the 2010 Mazda CX-7 remains one of the better choices.
7.6
The 2010 Nissan Rogue doesn’t wow in any respect, but provided you don’t expect driving excitement its solid set of features, safety, and decent performance won’t let you down.
MSRP From   
$20,405$21,020$21,700$20,460
Gas Mileage   
18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class   
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicles2WD Sport Utility VehiclesFWD Sport Utility
Style Name   
FWD 4-Door I4 Manual SportFWD 4-Door XLSFWD 4-Door i SVFWD 4-Door S
Drivetrain   
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
5555
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle4 Door4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle4 Door
Transmission   
ManualManual w/ODAutomatic w/ODContinuously Variable