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FEATURES | 8 out of 10
totally redesigned to be convenient
dress may have changed, but it's pretty much the same girl underneath
useful in nearly every driving condition
The 2008 Mazda Tribute offers more features and advanced options than in years past, though it still neglects the tech heads who want navigation systems and Bluetooth.
Four trims are available in the Mazda 2008: the Tribute I Sport, Touring, Grand Touring, and Tribute S Sport. Standard equipment installed on the base model as reported by Automotive.com includes "air conditioner with pollen filter, halogen headlights and foglights, flip-up rear window, cargo hooks, rear heater ducts, reclining front seats, 60/40 split folding rear seats, AM/FM/CD player with four speakers, remote entry, cruise control and tilt steering wheel." This source was particularly impressed with the 2008 Mazda Tribute's air conditioning.
Other Mazda Tribute trim packages offer a roof rack, tinted glass, and a six-way adjustable power seat. The top two trims provide vastly improved sound systems, as well. More interesting is what is not offered; Edmunds reports that for Mazda, 2008 brings no "significant change in terms of features, as premium items like a navigation system or Bluetooth connectivity still aren't offered." This is a problem, as Kelley Blue Book points out that the "Mazda Tribute doesn't match the levels of overall refinement offered by so many of its fresher competitors." However, Edmunds reports an optional rear-seat DVD system to keep the kids entertained on long trips, which can be added to any version of the 2008 Mazda Tribute.
The 2008 Mazda Tribute is a strong value even in base trim, but drivers who talk will miss the Bluetooth connection.