The Tribute is available with two engine options: a 2.5-liter four-cylinder or a 3.0-liter V6. A five-speed manual transmission is offered, but only on the i Sport FWD trim, all other FWD and AWD trim levels, regardless of engine, are standard with a six-speed automatic transmission. Standard safety features include electronic stability control with roll control, front, side and curtain airbags, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, traction control, and tire pressure monitoring.
For 2010, the Mazda Tribute incorporates flex-fuel capability with the 3.0-liter V6. The Grand Touring trims receive a video display system in the rear view mirror, and towing package as standard equipment.