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A freshening for the 2005 Tribute sport-utility vehicle includes a host of minor styling updates along with a modified suspension. Offered in both front- and four-wheel-drive versions, the line has been simplified to include just two trim levels. A new 153-horsepower 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine in the base "i" version adds 23 horses for '05, while the carryover 200-horsepower 3.0-liter V-6 powers the top "s" model. Both engines can be mated to either a standard five-speed manual or optional four-speed automatic transmission. Anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution are now standard, and a new four-wheel-drive system features Active Torque Control Coupling, which manages the amount of engine torque that's sent to the rear wheels on a real-time basis as needed to maintain traction.
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