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May 04, 2004 (3:12 pm)
According to http://www.tdn.com/articles/2004/04/25/biz/news02.txt, there may be a hybrid in 2007. On the other hand, I came across another piece of news that said Mazda has absolutely no plans to produce a hybrid due to market cannibalization concerns with the Ford Escape hybrid and with some production or regulatory costs associated with the electric plant for a vehicle that sells at only a fraction of its Ford twin. However, the article also stated that Mazda will continue to take a hard look at the Escape hybrid success and, if absolutely necessary, use the same electric technology to rush a hybrid Tribute to market.
May 06, 2004 (7:34 am)
I got my info on a conference call with mazda...I expect it as a 2006 model.....the hybrid tech is coming from Ford and another mfg...they wouldn't say who it was, but I think it's toyota.
#1405 of 1866 audia8q - Tribute Hybrid
May 18, 2004 (1:32 pm)
That is good news about a Tribute hybrid. Do you know if the hybrid powertrain utilizes the same 2.3L 4cyl power plant that is used in the Mazda 6i and the Mazda 3s?
The reason I am asking is I think a Mazda 6i hybrid utilizing the same 2.3L hybrid plant that is used in the Escape would be a great vehicle (and with the introduction of the hybrid Civic, Prius, and rumors of a hybrid Accord, it sounds like Mazda should try and get on board with a sedan of their own). It seems that Mazda could utilize the hybrid technology that has been developed for the Escape in the Tribute and Mazda 6. With the continuing rise of fuel costs, anything that increases fuel economy and extends range is a good thing.
May 20, 2004 (11:08 am)
it will be similar to the Escape...
What are your thoughts about the gas mileage results on the hybrids not being up to expectations?? I have seem some people really bugged that they spent the extra $$$ to buy a hybrid only to find out the gas mileage in real world driving is 30% less than the EPA rating on the window sticker.
#1407 of 1866 audia8q - hybrid
May 20, 2004 (3:06 pm)
I too have read about the EPA ratings and the lesser mileage that people are getting. In my comparisons, I look at the hybrid versus the V6 models. My idea is as follows;
The hybrid Escape/Tribute is reported to have performance comparable to the V6 powered engine (whether this is accurate or not I won't be able to tell until I test drive the vehicle). The reported numbers are in the 35 mpg range. Even if the numbers are 30% less based on city driving, that is still around 7 mpg more in city based driving than the V6 model. Having a smaller fuel tank saddled with the lower fuel economy of the Duratec V6 makes the in town range of the Tribute pretty poor. That additional 7 mpg adds over 100 miles in range to the Tribute. The majority of my driving is 50/50 city hwy so I would more than likely see a pretty good jump in total range if I was to be driving a Hybrid vs the V6 vehicle. Not to mention the reduction in pollutants driving the hybrid.
Now, I haven't test driven a Escape/Tribute with the new 2.3L 4 cyl engine yet. I have driven the V6 model and the previous generation 4 cyl engine. The V6 was great but the 4 cyl was not anything to get excited about. I have driven a Mazda 3 with the 2.3L 4 cylinder engine and it was very peppy. I may need to take another test drive in the Tribute i using the new 2.3L 4 banger. If only Mazda offered the 2.3L Tribute with AWD and a 5 speed manual transmission like they do with the Escape. I much prefer the body lines of the Tribute to that of the Escape and I would prefer to row my own gears when driving a vehicle with a smaller displacement engine.
May 23, 2004 (1:19 pm)
Looked at 4 Mazda dealerships for an 05 Tribute "i" automatic AWD. NONE to be found. Of course they can "locate" one for me but didn't want to deal with the dealer trade garbage. While looking the wife came across a white with gold trim V6ES version. Fell in love and that was all she wrote. So, now I own an 01 Escape XLT V6 and an 04 Tribue ESV6... Went home and found out Mazda had $3,500 cash back! Negotiated down to 22K for the vehicle. Showing them ads for Escape Limiteds that are pretty much the same equipped. Noticed the Mazda sits higher than my Escape. Same tires and wheel size too..
May 23, 2004 (1:38 pm)
Congrats Scape, and good timing - we just reopened the Honda CR-V vs Mazda Tribute discussion a couple of days ago.
 lol, nevermind - I see you found it
#1410 of 1866 noise reduction
May 26, 2004 (9:46 am)
i have read reviews that the 01-04 tribute/escape have excessive road and wind noise. ford says they have addressed the problems on the 05 escapes with the addition of more sound deadening material and new window seals. i assume the same has been done for the tribute. does anyone have any real world comparision to know if the 05 tribute is quieter than the 01-04 models? i know that tire brand and tread design can make a difference.
#1411 of 1866 Never would have believed it
May 29, 2004 (2:24 pm)
I own both an 01 Escape XLT V6 4WD and an 04 Tribute ES V6 4WD. I expected my insurance to go up from our 2000 Accord SE, it actually stayed the same. And the real shocker is it is about $100 less than my Escape a year in the premium..
Jun 08, 2004 (4:42 pm)
Mazda chat starts any minute now - link's on the left!