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QUALITY | 7 out of 10
as much comfort as possible for a $20,000 SUV
Alas, few ergonomic improvements
Car and Driver
Comfort levels inside the 2010 Mazda Tribute and Tribute Hybrid are definitely above average, according to reviewers consulted by TheCarConnection.com.
The front seats are comfortable for long trips, and there's plenty of headroom for four adults inside. 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." The second-row seat doesn't have a lot of extra space for adults, but two will ride happily.
The 2010 Mazda Tribute's "high-contrast" interior is a miss for Car and Driver, which expresses the opinion that "it successfully detracted initial attention away from the overall cheapness of the Ford parts-bin pieces." It's worth noting that the shiny black surfaces show the merest speck of dust and gather fingerprints easily, so proud owners may spend a lot of time wiping them down to keep them glossy. 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.
There's no shortage of storage here; Cars.com notes that the Mazda Tribute offers "just shy of 30 cubic feet of storage space with the back seats up; it's 66 cubic feet with them down." Kelley Blue Book agrees that "stow-space [is] generous," and "key controls [are] well-placed and logically arrayed." The console storage compartment of the Mazda 2010 Tribute is "just big enough to hold a laptop," reports Kelley Blue Book.
Edmunds asserts "the control layout and build quality are generally impressive," with well-fitted trim and good materials.
The 2010 Mazda Tribute and Tribute Hybrid offer interior room for four and good storage, but glossy black trim requires lots of upkeep-impractical in an SUV.