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Bankrate's 2008 Car Guide
Going green
Saving cash while saving the planet is great but is it cost-effective and the right move for you?
Green is beautiful
Number of hybrid choices soar

More hybrid choices
Cadillac Escalade Lexus RX 400h
Chevrolet Malibu Mazda Tribute
Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra Nissan Altima
Chevrolet Tahoe/GMC Yukon Saturn Aura
Chrysler Aspen/Dodge Durango Saturn Vue/ Vue 2 Mode Hybrid
Ford Escape/Mercury Mariner Toyota Camry
Honda Civic Toyota Highlander
Lexus GS 450h Toyota Prius
Lexus LS 600h L
Mazda Tribute

Borrowing many of its elements from its parent corporation's hybrid SUV, the Mazda Tribute is the third hybrid offering coming out of the Ford Motor Co. corporate structure.

One difference between the Tribute and the Ford Escape is the powertrain. The Tribute uses a smaller 2.3-liter, four-cylinder gasoline engine. The Escape's engine is slightly larger. But even with the slimmer engine, the Tribute has the same mileage rating as the Escape does -- 34 miles per gallon in the city and 30 miles per gallon on the highway.

Like the Escape, the Tribute is a full hybrid and can run on the electric motor during slow speeds, the gas engine while cruising the highway, or a combination of both, depending on whether efficiency or power is needed more.

It can tow more, however, and is rated at 3,500 pounds with a properly installed hitch, which beats the Escape's 1,500-pound rating.

-- Posted: Aug. 4, 2008
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