2011 Mazda
Tribute i
vs. 2012 Ford
Escape XLT

2012 Ford Escape XLT

9.9

starting from

$25,495

Reasons to buy the Ford Escape XLT

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Cruise control
Standard
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Less safe for the driver in side collisions
4 stars
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Power seats
Standard
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Leather
Optional
2011 Mazda Tribute i

7.6

Runner-up

Mazda Tribute i

starting from

$21,350

Reasons to buy the Mazda Tribute i

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Power mirrors
Standard
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Less safe for the front passenger in head-on collisions
4 stars
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Good city fuel efficiency
23 mpg
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Good range in the city
403 miles
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs 5.5
2012 Ford Escape XLT Winner: Escape XLT
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  • The Escape XLT has 2.0x less risk of serious injury, 4 stars vs 3 stars
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 7.2
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  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the Escape XLT's power seats; not available on the Tribute i
  • Have your choice of leather or cloth seats on the Escape XLT
Cost 9.6 vs 10.0
2011 Mazda Tribute i Winner: Tribute i
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  • Gets around 10% more miles per gallon in the city, 23 mpg vs 21 mpg
  • The best price we've seen is $4,145 cheaper (around 20% less), $21,350 vs $25,495
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Safety Features - vs 10.0
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  • Neither has the best brakes for high-performance use
Performance - vs 10.0
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  • Both Tribute i and Escape XLT are sluggish relative to their competitors
  • Underpowered
  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
Practicality - vs 10.0
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  • Neither offers a navigation system
Entertainment System - vs 10.0
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Overall 9.9 vs 7.6

Crash Test Ratings

Ford
Escape XLT
2012 Ford Escape XLT
2011 Mazda Tribute i Mazda
Tribute i
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Rollover resistance 3 stars vs 3 stars Poor protection, 21% to 30% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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Front driver crash test 2 stars vs 2 stars Poor protection, 36% to 45% chance of serious head or chest injuries in a crash
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Driver side crash test 4 stars vs 3 stars Poor protection, 11% to 20% chance of serious chest injuries in a crash

Luxury Features

Ford
Escape XLT
2012 Ford Escape XLT
2011 Mazda Tribute i Mazda
Tribute i
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Not Available Conveniently adjust your seat with the Escape XLT's power seats; not available on the Tribute i
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Optional vs Not Available Have your choice of leather or cloth seats on the Escape XLT

Cost

Ford
Escape XLT
2012 Ford Escape XLT
2011 Mazda Tribute i Mazda
Tribute i
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MSRP $25,495 vs $21,350 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 21 mpg vs 23 mpg Both very efficient in the city
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 36,000 mile Shorter basic warranty
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 3 year Shorter-lasting basic warranty

Road Tests

Ford
Escape XLT
2012 Ford Escape XLT
2011 Mazda Tribute i Mazda
Tribute i
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0-60 mph 10.7 seconds vs Unknown
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Braking distance at 60mph 147 ft vs Unknown
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1/4 mile 18.1 s @ 81 mph vs Unknown
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs Unknown
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Safety Features

Ford
Escape XLT
2012 Ford Escape XLT
2011 Mazda Tribute i Mazda
Tribute i
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Unknown vs Yes
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Airbags 5 vs 5 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Drum vs Drum Neither has the best brakes for high-performance use
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Performance

Ford
Escape XLT
2012 Ford Escape XLT
2011 Mazda Tribute i Mazda
Tribute i
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Horsepower 171 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 171 HP @ 6,000 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 5 The Escape XLT has more gears and the Tribute i is OK, too
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Manual transmission
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paddle shifters Unknown vs Not Available
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor for increased power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 19.3 lb/hp vs 19.1 lb/hp Both Tribute i and Escape XLT are sluggish relative to their competitors
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Drivetrain type two-wheel drive vs two-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 36.7 ft vs 36.7 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

Ford
Escape XLT
2012 Ford Escape XLT
2011 Mazda Tribute i Mazda
Tribute i
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Cargo space 66.3 ft3 vs 67.2 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 55.0 ft3 vs 55.0 ft3 Both average size front seats
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Base payload capacity Unknown vs 1067 lb
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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navigation system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a navigation system
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Cupholders Unknown vs 6
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

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Escape XLT
2012 Ford Escape XLT
2011 Mazda Tribute i Mazda
Tribute i
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Number of speakers Unknown vs 4
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Has speed sensitive volume Unknown vs No
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Optional vs Not Available Like your tunes? In the Escape XLT, you can upgrade to satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Unknown vs Yes
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Has subwoofer Unknown vs No
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entertainment system Optional vs Not Available It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Escape XLT; but it's not available at all on the Tribute i

Other Vehicles to Consider

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2011 Mazda Tribute i 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Tribute i vs Santa Fe
2011 Mazda Tribute i 2011 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring Tribute i vs CX-9 Grand Touring
2011 Mazda Tribute i 2011 Nissan Xterra S Tribute i vs Xterra S
2011 Mazda Tribute s Grand Touring 2011 Subaru Forester 2.5XT Touring Tribute s Grand Touring vs Forester 2.5XT Touring
2012 Ford Escape Limited 2011 Ford Edge SE Escape Limited vs Edge SE
2012 Ford Escape Limited 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo Escape Limited vs Grand Cherokee Laredo
2012 Ford Escape XLS 2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Escape XLS vs Outback 2.5i
2012 Ford Escape XLT 2011 Jeep Liberty Limited Edition Escape XLT vs Liberty Limited Edition
2012 Ford Escape XLT 2011 Nissan Murano SL Escape XLT vs Murano SL

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