Compare 2009 Ford Escape vs 2008 Mazda Tribute

2009 Ford Escape
2008 Mazda Tribute
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4WD 4-Door I4 Automatic Limited
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Escape 4WD 4-Door I4 Automatic Limited 19 25 $24,715 $26,670
Escape 4WD 4-Door I4 Automatic XLS 19 25 $21,969 $23,395
Escape 4WD 4-Door I4 Automatic XLT 19 25 $23,381 $25,205
Escape 4WD 4-Door I4 CVT Hybrid 29 27 $29,015 $31,395
Escape 4WD 4-Door I4 CVT Hybrid Limited 29 27 $31,135 $33,725
Escape 4WD 4-Door V6 Automatic Limited 17 24 $25,625 $27,670
Escape 4WD 4-Door V6 Automatic XLT 17 24 $24,300 $26,215
Escape FWD 4-Door I4 Automatic Limited 20 28 $23,123 $24,920
Escape FWD 4-Door I4 Automatic XLS 20 28 $20,358 $21,645
Escape FWD 4-Door I4 Automatic XLT 20 28 $21,789 $23,455
Escape FWD 4-Door I4 CVT Hybrid 34 31 $27,422 $29,645
Escape FWD 4-Door I4 CVT Hybrid Limited 34 31 $29,542 $31,975
Escape FWD 4-Door I4 Manual XLS 20 28 $19,245 $20,435
Escape FWD 4-Door V6 Automatic Limited 18 26 $24,033 $25,920
Escape FWD 4-Door V6 Automatic XLT 18 26 $22,708 $24,465
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4WD I4 Automatic Grand Touring
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Tribute 4WD I4 Automatic Grand Touring 19 24 $23,638 $25,265
Tribute 4WD I4 Automatic Sport 19 24 $20,874 $22,300
Tribute 4WD I4 Automatic Touring 19 24 $21,597 $23,075
Tribute 4WD I4 HEV Grand Touring 29 27 $27,816 $29,745
Tribute 4WD I4 HEV Touring 29 27 $25,476 $27,235
Tribute 4WD V6 Automatic Grand Touring 17 22 $24,794 $26,505
Tribute 4WD V6 Automatic Sport 17 22 $22,030 $23,540
Tribute 4WD V6 Automatic Touring 17 22 $22,752 $24,315
Tribute FWD I4 Automatic Grand Touring 20 26 $22,006 $23,515
Tribute FWD I4 Automatic Sport 20 26 $19,242 $20,550
Tribute FWD I4 Automatic Touring 20 26 $19,965 $21,325
Tribute FWD I4 HEV Grand Touring 34 30 $26,185 $27,995
Tribute FWD I4 HEV Touring 34 30 $23,844 $25,485
Tribute FWD I4 Manual Sport 22 28 $17,923 $19,135
Tribute FWD V6 Automatic Grand Touring 18 24 $23,163 $24,755
Tribute FWD V6 Automatic Sport 18 24 $20,398 $21,790
Tribute FWD V6 Automatic Touring 18 24 $21,121 $22,565

Pricing

Invoice Price

$24,715
$23,638

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$26,670
$25,265

Monthly Payment Estimate

$445 / month
$421 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

7.4
7.4

TCC’s Bottom Line

The 2009 Ford Escape Hybrid is a viable and sturdy contender in the family crossover arena. Gas mileage is excellent for a compact SUV, and optional mechanical all-wheel drive sets it apart from softer competitors. The 2008 Mazda Tribute wears a sharp new set of sheetmetal, but performance remains middling, and it still lacks a third-row option.

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Fuel Economy

City

19 mpg 19 mpg

Highway

25 mpg 24 mpg

Vehicle

EPA Classification

4WD Sport Utility Vehicles SUV

Interior Dimensions

Second Shoulder Room (in)

55.9 55.9

Front Leg Room (in)

41.6 41.6

Passenger Volume (ft³)

99.5 99.4

Front Hip Room (in)

53.3 53.4

Second Leg Room (in)

35.6 35.6

Front Head Room (in)

40.4 40.4

Passenger Capacity

5 5

Second Hip Room (in)

49.1 49.1

Front Shoulder Room (in)

56.6 56.6

Second Head Room (in)

39.2 39.2

Exterior Dimensions

Height, Overall (in)

67.8 67.7

Liftover Height (in)

29.4 29.4

Track Width, Rear (in)

60.2 60.4

Wheelbase (in)

103.1 103.1

Rear Door Opening Height (in)

33.3 33.3

Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)

71.1 71.1

Track Width, Front (in)

60.7 61.1

Min Ground Clearance (in)

8.4 8.5

Length, Overall (in)

174.7 174.9

Rear Door Opening Width (in)

43.2 43.2

Cargo Area Dimensions

Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)

34.7 34.7

Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)

29.2 29.2

Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)

- TBD - 49.2

Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)

37.3 37.3

Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)

66.7 66.7

Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)

66.3 66.3

Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)

NA NA

Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)

NA NA

Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)

40.7 40.7

Brakes

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

NA -TBD-

Brake Type

Power Pwr

Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)

10.0 x 1.65 10.0 x -TBD-

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Yes Yes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

11.9 x 0.4 19.1" x -TBD-

Drum - Rear (Yes or )

Yes Yes

Brake ABS System

4-Wheel 4-wheel

Disc - Rear (Yes or )

NA NA

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

16.5 16.5

Steering

Steering Type

Pwr Electric pwr rack & pinion

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)

- TBD - 2.95

Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)

40.1 - TBD -

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall

17.5 - TBD -

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)

36.7 39.3

Tires

Spare Tire Size

Compact T145/90R17

Front Tire Order Code

NA NA

Spare Tire Order Code

NA NA

Rear Tire Size

P235/70R16 P235/70TR16

Rear Tire Order Code

NA NA

Front Tire Size

P235/70R16 P235/70TR16

Trailering

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

150 150

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

NA NA

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

1500 1500

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

NA NA

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs)

4600 3441

Wheels

Rear Wheel Size (in)

16 x 7 16 x 7.0

Front Wheel Material

Aluminum Alloy

Spare Wheel Material

- TBD - Steel

Front Wheel Size (in)

16 x 7 16 x 7.0

Spare Wheel Size (in)

Compact Temporary

Rear Wheel Material

Aluminum Alloy

Cooling System

Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)

- TBD - 8

Electrical

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

110 95

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

590 590

Engine

SAE Net Torque @ RPM

171 @ 4500 152 @ 4250

Engine Order Code

997 NA

Displacement

2.5L/152 2.3L/138

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM

171 @ 6000 153 @ 5800

Engine Type

Gas I4 Gas I4

Fuel System

SMPI MPI

Mileage

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

25 24

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

19 19

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

21 -

Transmission

Clutch Size (in)

NA NA

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

1.91 1.00

Trans Type

6 4

Drivetrain

4-Wheel Drive Four-wheel drive

Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High

1.0 -

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.00 NA

Trans Description Cont. Again

NA NA

Reverse Ratio (:1)

2.31 2.31

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

2.96 1.57

Trans Order Code

NA NA

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

3.51 4.23

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.45 0.70

Trans Description Cont.

Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD

Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low

- TBD - -

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.75 NA

First Gear Ratio (:1)

4.58 2.89

Summary

Vehicle Name

Ford Escape Mazda Tribute

Body Style

4 Door 4 Door SUV

Suspension

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

NA NA

Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)

- TBD - - TBD -

Suspension Type - Front

MacPherson Strut Independent

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)

- TBD - NA

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)

NA NA

Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)

- TBD - - TBD -

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)

- TBD - - TBD -

Suspension Type - Rear

Multi-link Multi Link

Emissions

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score

5 -

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