Transmissions

The 2.3-litre MZR petrol comes standard with a new five-speed manual transmission that employs multi-cone synchronizers and a new cable shift system, which reduces shift effort and provides for shorter throw lengths for a superior shift feel. The shift lever is placed in the centre console at a higher position compared to the previous model, which allows the driver to take full advantage of the engine's sporty potential.

The 3.0-litre V6 engine comes standard with a four-speed automatic transmission, which remains the same. However, in the new version the shift lever has been moved from the steering column to a floor-mounted position for easier, more natural shifting. This position also makes audio controls and other controls easier for the driver to see and use.

New AWD Active Torque Control Coupling (ATCC) Technology

The new Mazda Tribute now comes with all-wheel drive (AWD) standard on all vehicles, regardless of engine or grade. The AWD features new ATCC technology that replaces the current electronic rotary blade coupling system. ATCC features sophisticated engine control that continuously monitors wheel speed and throttle position to determine vehicle status and driver intention, to automatically control the electromagnetic coupling that sends torque to the rear wheels. This system has several advantages for the driver of the new Mazda Tribute. It is completely automatic and requires no input from the driver. The system's new electronics allow for more precise traction control. In fact, it practically
prevents wheel spin from even occurring in most situations. Because the new engine control unit monitors data continuously, it can react quicker to changing conditions, making the new Mazda Tribute substantially better on gravel, snow and ice.

    See also:

    Operating Tips
    Operating the Climate Control System Operate the climate control system with the engine running. NOTE. To prevent the battery from being discharged, do not leave the fan control dial on for a lon ...

    Overloading
    WARNING: Be careful not to overload your vehicle: The gross axle weight rating (GAWR) and the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of your vehicle are on the Motor Vehicle Safety Standard Label on ...

    Convenience and Equipment
    The new Mazda MX-5 facelift has enhanced small-item storage, and new features and equipment that make the car easy to use. The storage tray in front of the shift lever is now large enough to hold ...