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2001 Mazda Tribute Review

Sporty but more affordable than the average Joe.

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The 2001 Mazda Tribute represents a re-entry into the SUV market for Mazda, and this vehicle was designed with the idea of standing up to the other sport utility vehicles in a heavily-competitive marketplace.

The 2001 Mazda Tribute will appeal to fans of the Ford Escape, as they are two very similar SUVs. The Tribute is at a lower price with a more stable ride. There are four trim levels for the 2001 Mazda Tribute, the base DX, which comes with a two-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a five-speed manual transmission, and three V-6 models, each with a more powerful three-liter V-6 engine linked to a four-speed automatic transmission. Each model has a 4x4 option.

The Range

Body Styles: compact SUV
Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder, 3.0-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Mazda Tribute DX, Mazda Tribute DX 4x4, Mazda Tribute DX-V6, Mazda Tribute DX-V6 4x4, Mazda Tribute LX-V6, Mazda Tribute LX-V6 4x4. Mazda Tribute ES-V6, Mazda Tribute ES-V6 4x4

What's New

The 2001 Mazda Tribute is the first year for this SUV. It is designed with a platform similar to the Ford Escape but with a more finely-tuned suspension for sportier driving.


The 2001 Mazda Tribute comes in eight colors including Chestnut Metallic, Galaxy Blue Metallic, Jewel Green Metallic and Mystic Black, and features steel 16-inch wheels, a roof rack, painted finish bumpers, and a rear liftgate door with manual flip up liftgate window. Upgrade to the LS or ES for alloy wheels and privacy glass.


Inside, the 2001 Mazda Tribute seats up to five and seats four comfortably. There’s plenty of cargo space, especially after folding the back seats down. The Mazda Tribute features bucket front seats, a split folding rear seatback, and a 100-Watt AM/FM stereo with in-dash CD player. The LX upgrade adds a height adjustable driver seat and cruise control with controls on tilt-adjustable steering wheel, while the ES really ups the luxury with a six-way power leather driver seat and leather steering wheel.

Performance & Handling

The Mazda Tribute should not be considered for major off-roading due to its lack of a low-range transfer case. But its stiff body and tight four-wheel independent suspension with optional four-wheel drive offers good control and handling. It has speed-sensitive power steering, and the three-liter V-6 models provide 200 lb-ft of torque and 200 horsepower. If consumers decide to forego the V-6 and go with the base DX model with its two-liter four-cylinder engine, they’ll be able to generate 130 horses and 135 lb-ft of torque. However, they may miss that extra power.


The 2001 Mazda Tribute is able to truck kids around town safely with rear door child safety locks and child seat anchors. Consumers will also find ventilated front disc and rear drum brakes, front and rear headrests, front seatbelt pretensioners, electronic brake force distribution, an engine immobilizer, and auto delay turn off headlamps.

EPA Fuel Economy

Mazda Tribute DX: 21/26 mpg city/highway
Mazda Tribute DX-V6: 16/22 mpg city/highway
Mazda Tribute LX-V6: 16/22 mpg city/highway
Mazda Tribute ES-V6: 16/22 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • 4x4 option
  • Comparable to the Ford Escape
  • Powerful three-liter V-6 on most models

You Won't Like

  • Base DX model has weaker two-liter four-cylinder engine
  • No low range transfer case
  • Does not have the track record of the Ford Escape

Sum Up

Sporty but more affordable than the average Joe.

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