Mazda Tribute First generation
|Production||2000–2006; Asia-Pacific production continued until 2010|
|Assembly||Hofu, Japan Claycomo, Missouri, United States Jhongli, Taiwan Rayong, Thailand Santa Rosa, Laguna, Philippines Kairouan, Tunisia (IMM)|
|Engine||2.3 L 153 hp (114 kW) I4 3.0 L 203 hp (151 kW) V6|
|Transmission||5-speed G5M manual 4-speed CD4E automatic|
|Length||2001–03: 173.0 in (4,394 mm) 2004–06: 174.4 in (4,430 mm)|
|Width||2001–03 DX: 70.8 in (1,798 mm) 2001–03 LX & ES: 71.9 in (1,826 mm) 2004–06: 72.0 in (1,829 mm)|
|Height||2001–03 DX: 69.3 in (1,760 mm) 2001–03 LX & ES: 69.9 in (1,775 mm) 2004–06: 70.0 in (1,778 mm)|
The Tribute made its debut at the 2000 Los Angeles Auto Show as a compact crossover SUV, a segment pioneered by the Toyota RAV4 in 1996. Its conservative styling resembled and eventually somewhat replaced the Mazda Navajo, a rebadged 2-dr Ford Explorer which was retired in 1994. In Japan, Mazda had an SUV called the Mazda Proceed Levante, a rebadged Suzuki Escudo, but the Tribute was Mazda's first original SUV. The Ford plant in Claycomo, Missouri assembled Tribute for the North American market, alongside Ford Escape. The Mazda plant in Hofu, Japan and the Ford Lio Ho plant in Taiwan assembled Tribute for their respective markets. The 2001–2006 Mazda Tribute was available as front- or four-wheel drive and featured plain-looking but comfortable roomy interior, decent handling and car-like ride.
- 2.0 L YF I4, 129 PS (95 kW)/183 N·m (135 lb·ft)
- 3.0 L AJ V6, 203 PS (150 kW)/265 N·m (195 lb·ft)
The 2.0 L 4-cylinder engine had Timing belt driven Camshafts, while the 3.0 L Duratec V6 featured a maintenance-free timing chain.
|Top Speed||105 mph|
|0-60 mph||12.6 secs|
|Torque||175 Nm, 129 ft-lb|
|CO2 Emissions||223 g/km|
|Euro Emissions Standard||3|
|Miles Per Tank||402 miles|
Both the Escape and Tribute were refreshed in 2004 for the 2005 model year. The base engine became the Mazda 2.3 L MZR 4, and the top remained the 3.0 L Duratec V6. In North American-built models, a floor-mounted automatic transmission shifter replaced the column shifter. However, Japanese-built models continued with a column shifter. Mazda decided to halt production after the 2006 model year for the Tribute, and a hybrid version of the Tribute has been introduced alongside the next generation Tribute as a 2008 model.
- 2.3 L MZR I4, 153 PS (114 kW)/206 N·m (152 lb·ft)
- 3.0 L AJ V6, 203 PS (150 kW)/261 N·m (193 lb·ft)
3.0 L V6 Performance
|Top Speed||118 mph|
|0-60 mph||11.4 secs|
|Torque||265 Nm, 195 ft-lb|
|CO2 Emissions||284 g/km|
|Euro Emissions Standard||3|
|Miles Per Tank||308 miles|
Mazda Japan released a limited version, the Mazdaspeed Tribute, in the year 2004 with a 2.3-liter MZR engine that has 220 PS (164.05 kW)/ 254 N·m (195 lb·ft) that is utilized by a column shifter. However, Mazda Japan decided to end its production in 2005.
- 2.3 L MZR I4, 220 PS (164 kW)/254 N·m (195 lb·ft)
A significantly face-lifted version of the Tribute was released in the second half of 2006 for Asia Pacific markets. The updated Tribute featured a larger, bolder grille, with an enlarged Mazda emblem, as well as restyled front bumper and headlights. Side mirrors featured integrated indicators.
On the inside, changes included a new floor mounted automatic transmission shifter, in place of the old column shifter (Asia-Pacific model only; US-built Tribute gained the floor shifter in 2005). The dash was updated with a brand-new radio and automatic climate control with digital read-out, on certain models. Mechanically, the rear drum brakes were replaced by disc brakes. Engines remain the same, but the V6 has been modified to reduce fuel consumption by over 10%, while the 4-cylinder has improved mid-range torque and an electronic throttle. Both engines had been certified to meet Euro III emission regulations.
Starting from 2007, Mazda stopped selling and producing Tribute in Japan, and replaced it with similar sized CX-7. In 2008 Mazda Australia also discontinued the Tribute, the absence of the Tribute being filled by the Mazda CX-7 introduced in the previous year. For other Asia-Pacific markets, the production of Tribute was shifted to the Ford Lio Ho plant in Jhongli, Taiwan, which also produces Tribute's twin, Ford Escape, for Asia-Pacific markets. This arrangement continued until early 2010, when the Tribute for the Asia-Pacific markets ceased production, being fully replaced by the CX-7 imported from Japan.