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FEATURES | 6 out of 10
useful in nearly every driving condition
totally redesigned to be convenient
dress may have changed, but it's pretty much the same girl underneath
The 2010 Mazda Tribute and Tribute Hybrid offer decent feature lists, but the lack of a navigation system and the superb voice-activated SYNC infotainment system offered on the Ford and Mercury variants of this SUV are a major drawback.
There are four models of 2010 Mazda Tribute, starting with the i-Sport, and then in ascending order, the i-Touring, i-Grand Touring, and s-Grand Touring. 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 2010 Mazda Tribute's air conditioning.
All "i" models have the 2.5-liter four, and the "s" model is powered by the 3.0-liter V-6. Touring models replace the five-speed manual with the automatic transmission and add power seat adjustment, while Grand Touring models come with a power sliding glass moonroof and dual heated power remote outside mirrors.
Standard features include 16-inch wheels and fog lamps. A DVD entertainment system, heated seats, Sirius Satellite Radio, and remote start are on the options list. More interesting is what is not available; Edmunds reports that "premium items like a navigation system or Bluetooth connectivity still aren't offered." Owners can always buy a (much cheaper) portable nav system, but it's an unusual omission on a family vehicle.
This is a problem, as Kelley Blue Book points out that the "Mazda Tribute doesn't match the levels of overall refinement offered by...fresher competitors." However, Edmunds notes that an optional rear-seat DVD system can be added to any version of the 2010 Tribute to keep the kids entertained on long trips.
For 2010, Mazda adds a few new convenience items. All models now have an ambient temperature gauge, and the Grand Touring and hybrid models get a built-in garage-door opener and an electrochromatic rearview mirror with rearview camera display.
The 2010 Mazda Tribute and Tribute Hybrid are good values, even in base trim, but the lack of Bluetooth, navigation, and SYNC options leaves them in the lurch.