Mazda Tribute

From Mazda press: Offering more traditional sport-utility vehicle (SUV) styling than Mazda’s other crossovers,  CX-7 and CX-9, the 2011 Tribute rounds out the Mazda family of unibody-based utility vehicles, making it the perfect choice for buyers in search of traditional, go-anywhere, rugged styling.  For the 2011 model year, Tribute carries over key specifications and features from the 2010 model year.

Performance has always been a pillar of strength for the Tribute.  The 2011 Tribute i is fitted with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine which produces 171 horsepower and 171 lb-ft torque and returns fuel economy of up to 23/28 mpg (city/highway).  It is one of the most sophisticated too: light, efficient and refined.

Double-overhead camshafts improve engine breathing and high-revving response, which in turn improves performance and fuel economy.  It also uses a variable induction system that delivers more power when the driver demands it, enhancing torque at lower revs and maximizing power at higher revs.  The pistons are lightweight, improving throttle response, smoothness and the engine’s ability to rev.  The 2.5-liter 4-cylinder is rated ULEV/Tier 2 Bin 5.

For even more rugged power, Tribute s features a 240-horsepower 3.0-liter V6 with 223 lb-ft torque and returns fuel economy of up to 19/25 mpg (city/highway).  Its aluminum block and head helps keep weight down, benefiting handling and improving the power-to-weight ratio.  As with the 2.5 four-cylinder, it uses double-overhead camshafts to control the valves and improve engine breathing – which in turn boosts performance and gas mileage. 

A six-speed automatic transmission is standard.  The 3.0-liter V6 is rated ULEV/Tier2 Bin 4 and is Flex Fuel compatible.  
An easy-shifting five-speed manual gearbox, which has short, sporty gear changes, is standard on the Tribute i Sport.  It uses multi-cone synchronizers (dual-cone for first and second, single for third through fifth) to reduce shift effort and a cable-shift for improved gear-change precision.  The gear lever is positioned at an ideal height on the center console to be as near as possible to the driver’s right hand.  A six-speed automatic transmission is standard on Touring and Grand Touring models (optional on i Sport model).

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