Mazda’s little SUV is a fitting Tribute to badge-engineering’s ills
The Tribute faces significant competition from other small crossovers, including the Chevrolet Equinox, Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson, Jeep Liberty, Subaru Forester, Saturn Vue and Toyota RAV4. All are in the same price basic price range.The CR-V, Compass, Patriot and Forester only come with four-cylinder engines, although all of those make good power. The others either have a V-6 standard or as an option. Despite the Tribute’s refresh, there are newer models that cost less or offer a more complete feature set.