2005 Mazda Tribute i 2.3 16v from North America
Best for the money
-The "engine light" came on while we were passing at 75+ mph. We took it to the dealer as soon as we could and they said that a chip in the engine computer wasn't properly installed. After they took care of this it hasn't happened again.
-One month after we bought it there was an annoying cracking noise from the rear suspension, but it simply disappeared after some time.
-It's a very nice entry level SUV. If you ask me it is the best looking in the class and it is preety sporty. The interior is quiet and roomy and there is a fair ammount of space in the back. The only thing that I don't like is the rear seats. They are preety flat and there's no fold-down arm rest in the middle seat.
The 2.3L engine is very good and fast and the gear-shift is precise and sporty. I would recommend the 2.3 over the 3.0 engine because the 3.0 is unreliable, it's not much faster, and you can only get it with an automatic, which makes it preety expensive. Also manual shift with 4x4 costs the same as an automatic with front-wheel-drive, so if I were you I would get the 4x4 with a manual.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 20th August, 2006