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2008 Mazda Tribute Hybrid


2008 Mazda Tribute Hybrid

2008 Mazda Tribute Hybrid

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Mazda will officially launch the all-new 2008 Mazda Tribute Hybrid SUV at the Detroit Motor Show this week with sales expected to start midway through the year. On “full” electric mode, the Tribute Hybrid can reach speeds of up to 25mph thanks to the 70kW (94hp) electric motor. A modified version of Mazda’s familiar 2.3L four-cylinder engine running the Atkinson combustion cycle adds another 133hp at 6,000 rpm and 124 lb.-ft of torque at 4,250 rpm.

Drive is sent to the wheels via an electronically controlled CVT with front-wheel drive as standard or an optional electronic four-wheel-drive set up. The vehicle will be available in two different trims, Touring and Grand Touring, and comes with 16in wheels as standard.

Storage space is compromised due to the 330-volt nickel-metal-hydride battery pack located and sealed in the rear load floor. Rear seats get an asymmetrically split 60:40 configuration, and the tailgate features a rear window that lifts separately for added convenience.

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  1. The Mazda Tribute has always remained in the shadow of its better-known Ford Escape/Mercury Mariner cousins. That position likely won\'t change much, but with improved style and purpose, this compact sport car can hold its head up high and proudly display its interior such as the Mazda tailgate handle, headlamp, grille, and exterior like the comfortable seat, etc... Had also own one of this car but I gave it to my brother as a wedding gift... I am planning to get one of this 2008 Mazda Full Hybrid Tribute in replacement of my previous one...
     
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  2. What I like from this car is its peppy performance, good fuel economy due to its Mazda catalytic converter and excellent visibility all the way around the car. The Tribute has the ride and handling of a much smaller sports car. But I don’t like is the second-row seat because its really difficult to fold down to extend the cargo floor.
     
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