A twin to the Ford Escape, the Tribute has a roomy interior, spacious rear seat, and good cargo space. Fit and finish is unimpressive, and the car is noisy. The 3.0-liter V6 provides strong acceleration and 19 mpg overall. The 2.5-liter four-cylinder provides adequate acceleration and 21 mpg overall. Both engines are loud. Electronic stability control is standard.
Alerts
There are 3 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
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0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
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Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
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CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
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Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
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Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
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Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
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Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
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Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
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Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
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Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
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Emissions
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
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Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
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Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
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Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2005. Side and head protection air bags available, standard from 2008. ESC standard from 2008.
Model Summary
A twin to the Ford Escape, the Tribute has a roomy interior, spacious rear seat, and good cargo space. Fit and finish is unimpressive, and the car is noisy. The 3.0-liter V6 provides strong acceleration and 19 mpg overall. The 2.5-liter four-cylinder provides adequate acceleration and 21 mpg overall. Both engines are loud. Electronic stability control is standard. The hybrid version of the Tribute has been dropped from the lineup. Reliability has been average. The Tribute has been discontinued after the 2011 model year.
Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • 5-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 2.5-liter 4 (171 hp)
  • 3-liter V6 (240 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2011 Mazda Tribute owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Bushings

"worn out front suspension link bushings caused rattle"

Anonymous, OR (2011 Mazda Tribute Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

"Shocks and struts were replaced as they were so bad could not do alignment caused all four of the tires to cup I have never had this happen"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Mazda Tribute Sport 3.0-L V6)
Springs or torsion bars

"Torsion bars are what was causing the noise. Had they replaced and the noise went away."

Anonymous, (2011 Mazda Tribute Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"My transmission died and left me high and dry with only 25000 miles on odometer. Fortunately, it did so one month before my 3 year warrenty expired, so Mazda replaced it gratis"

Richard C., ME (2011 Mazda Tribute Grand Touring 3.0-L V6)

"Had complete transmission failure in 2015 and again in 2016. Have been told it is only a matter of time until we will need to replace our third transmission (not under warranty) because of faulty design that is guaranteed to fail again and again"

Anonymous, BC (2011 Mazda Tribute 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission completely failed at 100,000km I beleve mazada knew their was a issue and kept it hidden"

Glenn H., AB (2011 Mazda Tribute 3.0-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"The paint is flaking in spots on the rear quarter panels and rear tail lid. never had this problem on any other mazda I have owned. Once paint starts to flake off it begins to rust in that area."

Anonymous, MB (2011 Mazda Tribute Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Since day one bought brand new paint is flaking and some bubbling"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Mazda Tribute Sport 3.0-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Locks and latches

"Rear lock change"

Michel B., QC (2011 Mazda Tribute Grand Touring 3.0-L V6)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"the 2 hinges that hold the tailgate window on, and flip up, corroded, and window fell off. really dumb design - and Ford Escapes - not done on new models"

Ken G., ON (2011 Mazda Tribute Touring 3.0-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

"We've had an on-going squeak in our steering wheel since about 50 000km. Having had the steering column replaced twice yet the squeak remains"

Anonymous, BC (2011 Mazda Tribute 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"Car is and is known for excessive "wind noise" when driving as well as tire noise due to the type of tires installed by the mfg"

Anonymous, NC (2011 Mazda Tribute 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"Replace engine at 72000 not acceptable"

Michel B., QC (2011 Mazda Tribute Grand Touring 3.0-L V6)

"Replace engine after 72000km"

Michel B., QC (2011 Mazda Tribute Grand Touring 3.0-L V6)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Calipers

"Calipers are not releasing completely causing the rotors to overheat. The rotors have turned blue"

J H., BC (2011 Mazda Tribute 3.0-L V6)
Premature brake wear

"Just feel the brakes wore out quickly"

Patricia L., SC (2011 Mazda Tribute 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"dash service engine light intermittent, then on always. related to fuel pressure sensor $300!!!"

Anonymous, OR (2011 Mazda Tribute Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"A/C not working. Family member put in new compressor and it worked for 1 week then stopped working again. Hard to find a garage that works on A/C except dealership who cannot figure out what is truly wrong with it."

Anonymous, (2011 Mazda Tribute Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Radiator

"The radiator became clogged and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, MB (2011 Mazda Tribute Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

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