2008 Mazda Tribute vs. Its Competition

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Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The Ford Escape is a near-twin to the Tribute, and it wears an even larger grille.

The Nissan Rogue is a new entry among compact crossovers, and it's recommended for good handling, though its cargo area is small and its transmission unusual.

The Tribute's main competition may in fact be Mazda's own CX-7 crossover, a slightly larger, far more carlike vehicle with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and much better road manners and styling.

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Quick Specs
The 2008 Mazda Tribute wears a sharp new set of sheetmetal, but performance remains middling, and it still lacks a third-row option.
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 CX-7 is a good choice for single folks or couples who might not prioritize backseat or cargo space but want sport-sedan performance with a lot more utility.
With the 2009 Nissan Rogue, the crossover market gets another right-sized entry that’s just a little tighter inside than the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4.
MSRP From   
Gas Mileage   
17 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class   
SUV2WD Sport Utility Vehicles2WD Sport Utility VehiclesFWD Sport Utility
Style Name   
FWD I4 Manual SportFWD 4-Door I4 Manual XLSFWD 4-Door SportFWD 4-Door S
Front wheel driveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
4 Door SUV4 Door4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle4 Door
ManualManual w/ODAutomatic w/ODContinuously Variable
Detailed Spec Comparison
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