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Mazda Tribute Hybrid
#13 of 14 Re: Mazda Hybrid Tribute [pleasden] ECON button? [dmbflorida] [gagrice] [la
Jul 02, 2008 (5:51 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 (9:07 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.