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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
as much comfort as possible for a $20,000 SUV
a new ergonomic layout but, alas, few ergonomic improvements
Car and Driver
Comfort levels inside the 2008 Mazda Tribute are definitely above average, according to reviewers consulted by TheCarConnection.com.
Cars.com reports that this year's Mazda Tribute "still has seating for five," with a "rear seat...split 60/40." MyRide.com says that the "cloth-covered front seats were supportive and comfortable." According to Edmunds, front seats have adequate padding, but the rear seats leave something to be desired, being "flat and devoid of recline or fore/aft adjustments."
There's no shortage of room here; Cars.com reports that the Mazda Tribute "has just shy of 30 cubic feet of storage space with the backseat up; it's 66 cubic feet with them down." Kelley Blue Book is in agreement: "stow-space [is] generous," and "key controls well-placed and logically arrayed." The console storage compartment of the Mazda 2008 Tribute is "just big enough to hold a laptop," reports Kelley Blue Book.
The 2008 Mazda Tribute's "high-contrast" interior was a miss for Car and Driver, which expressed the opinion that "it successfully detracted initial attention away from the overall cheapness of the Ford parts-bin pieces." The plastic surfaces gathered fingerprints easily, requiring constant polishing. Kelley Blue Book adds that "due to the high-gloss finish on many interior surfaces, bright sun can cause annoying reflections" in the Mazda Tribute. Edmunds reports “the control layout and build quality are generally impressive.”
MyRide.com states that this Mazda 2008 model is "a little quieter" than its "Ford cousin," but the outside mirrors and rear tires still make their presence known at highway speeds.
The 2008 Mazda Tribute provides good interior room and a better class of interior trim.