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Mazda Tribute Hybrid
#5 of 14 Re: Mazda Hybrid Tribute [stevedebi]
Jun 15, 2008 (9:50 pm)
Just picked up the Tribute Hybrid out here in California last month. Runs like a jewel. Got rid of my Jeep Grand Cherokee (gas was KILLING me). As advertised so far, it gets 32 mpg in the city and around 30 mpg on the hwy. Your are right about the ECON button. So far, I've had it on the setting and the engine cuts out as you noted. Averaging around 31 mpg combined. It's been great. I have a Mazda 6 also, and this SUV has a MUCH quieter interior.
Supply in California is tight, but you can get one if you look a bit. The dealers are still discounting a little bit, but with gas prices hovering around $4.55 this weekend, I think the discounts are coming to an end.
Looked at the Ford Escape too, but none available....waiting lists!!! All this and the $3000 available tax credit this year made this decision a no brainer.
Nice car for the money and good for the environment as well.
#6 of 14 DVD entertainment in Tribute HYBRID?
Jun 24, 2008 (4:58 pm)
Anybody has installed or have DVD in Tribute HYB? I just Picked up mine yesterday, it doesn't have one and dealer said its not advicable for HYBRIDS? is that true?
#7 of 14 Re: DVD entertainment in Tribute HYBRID? [tribute_hyb]
Jun 24, 2008 (7:34 pm)
I bought the 2008 Hybrid Mazda Tribute GT for my grand-daughter with navigation and the associated display screen. I will ask her if she can play a DVD. I have the impression that since there is a danger in watching a DVD while the car is moving, this might not be possible. Some navigation features are disabled when the car is moving.
You can ask a dealer for the hybrid Escape and hybrid Mariner this question since it is basically the same car by Ford. Dealers not in California have not seen the hybrid Tribute unless by a Car Show or similar advance info. I say this only because the hybrid Tribute is only available in CA and the dealers in my state of Florida are not familiar with the hybrid Tribute (I car-shipped my Tribute to FL).
One thing that is not advisable for some hybrids in "Lo Jack" since it can impair the navigation functions (I got this info from some Prius Forums).
btw, I just saw in the news that Ford is making changes in production of hybrid Escapes and Mariners. I don't know if production will be increased or decreased or there will be model changes. Anyone know about this?
#9 of 14 Re: Mazda Hybrid Tribute [pleasden] ECON button?
Jul 01, 2008 (9:39 pm)
I have not driven the hybrid Tribute GT I bought for my grand-daughter and I was surprised when she said recently after a 700 mile highway trip that her mpg was 25 recently. I wonder if there is a special setting she does not use? Specifically, what is the ECON button?
She runs the gas engine constantly to run the A/C in our hot SW Florida heat so this accounts greatly for the poor fuel consumption...Previously, the mpg was over 30. She stops and starts too, I think, without turning off the engine when going through fast food lanes or similar shopping.
#10 of 14 Re: Mazda Hybrid Tribute [pleasden] ECON button? [dmbflorida]
Jul 02, 2008 (5:06 am)
If she is sitting in line at McDonald's with the AC running the engine will keep kicking on to charge the batteries. If she is getting 25 MPG combined it is about what she can expect. Getting the most from a hybrid requires patience and skill. If she drives the same as with any other vehicle she is just about on track. Unless she needs the off road clearance the Prius or Civic hybrid would have given her much better mileage. You can be assured she would not have gotten that good with any of the Japanese hybrid CUVs.
#11 of 14 Re: Mazda Hybrid Tribute [pleasden] ECON button? [dmbflorida] [gagrice]
Jul 02, 2008 (6:12 am)
Does she press an "ECON" button to stay in battery mode for a short time at low speed? With the ECON button function, does it stay on and automatically alternates between battery and gas engine? I assume that if there is no need for A/C., she could stay in the ECON mode. Is the ECON button near the navigation display on the dashboard?
I saw a picture of the ECON button on a different Ford car. thanks, DMB
#12 of 14 Re: Mazda Hybrid Tribute [pleasden] ECON button? [dmbflorida] [gagrice]
Jul 02, 2008 (10:28 am)
Highlander hybrid is about 26 MPG combined in real world.
Mariner hybrid is about 30.
Tribute will be very close to the middle
#13 of 14 Re: Mazda Hybrid Tribute [pleasden] ECON button? [dmbflorida] [gagrice] [la
Jul 02, 2008 (4:51 pm)
The recently revised EPA ratings still can be expected to be a bit lower in mpg than the sticker rating of the hybrid Tribute. Even so, it is my understanding that the HYBRIDS Mariner, Escape and Tribute all have the same CVT and a form of the Hybrid Synergy Drive bought from Toyota (by FORD). I would expect the sticker ratings and realistic performance in the Mariner, Escape and Tribute (hybrids only) to be the same.
I looked at all these in the 2008 model and it is my opinion that the only difference is in the interior and the Escape has the cheapest interior, the Mariner has a better interior and the Tribute has the best interior, particularly in the upgraded interiors in all of these models. I found a graphic of the ECON button on the dashboard and a .pdf file of the manual so I understand now what the ECON button looks like.
#14 of 14 Re: Mazda Hybrid Tribute [pleasden] ECON button? [dmbflorida] [gagrice] [la [dmb12]
Jul 22, 2008 (8:07 pm)
" Even so, it is my understanding that the HYBRIDS Mariner, Escape and Tribute all have the same CVT and a form of the Hybrid Synergy Drive bought from Toyota (by FORD)."
No, this is incorrect. Ford developed their eCVT independently, but both Toyota and Ford arrived at similar designs. However, Ford owns about 200 unique patents for hybrid technology, so Ford and Toyota swapped patent rights, simply to avoid legal confusion.
The eCVT is a unique product. Ford is on Gen 2, Toyota is just about to go to Gen 3.