2005 Mercury Mariner

  • 2005 Mercury Mariner Convenience Sport Utility

    Convenience Sport Utility

    • MAX MPG
      N/A
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      153/152
    • ENGINE
      2.3L I4
    • MSRP
      $21,425
  • 2005 Mercury Mariner Luxury Sport Utility

    Luxury Sport Utility

    • MAX MPG
      N/A
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      200/193
    • ENGINE
      3.0L V6
    • MSRP
      $23,035
  • 2005 Mercury Mariner Premier Sport Utility

    Premier Sport Utility

    • MAX MPG
      N/A
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      200/193
    • ENGINE
      3.0L V6
    • MSRP
      $25,035
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2005 Mercury Mariner Review

Versatility of an SUV with an upscale look.

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Overview

The 2005 Mercury Mariner is based on the highly-successful Ford Escape, which debut for 2005 as the brand’s first compact sport utility vehicle (SUV). Although it is a relatively late entry into the SUV market, it is a classy-looking, easy-to-drive, versatile model. Drivers who like the elevated driving position and versatility of an SUV but don’t care to drive a bold, overbearing monster will find the Mariner is a solid choice. Available with either a 2.3-liter four-cylinder or three-liter V-6, the Mariner offers the choice of front drive or all-wheel drive and comes in three trim levels: Convenience, Luxury, and Premier.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 2.3-liter four-cylinder, 3.0-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Mercury Mariner Convenience, Mercury Mariner Luxury, Mercury Mariner Premier

What's New

The Mercury Mariner is all-new for 2005.

Exterior

The 2005 Mercury Mariner is based on the Ford Escape but gets upscale Mercury styling cues, such as distinctive front and rear fascias. In front, Mercury’s signature waterfall grille is flanked by clear, rectangular projector headlights, and integrated foglamps. A U-shaped air intake gives the front end more definition. The sides feature color-keyed cladding panels and European-style turn signal repeaters mounted on the fenders. Built on a 103.1-inch wheelbase, the Mariner measures 174.3 inches long overall and 67.9 inches tall. All models ride on standard 16-inch alloy wheels and feature four-wheel independent suspension with MacPherson struts in front and multilink suspension in the rear.

Standard features for the base Mariner Convenience include variable intermittent wipers, a rear defogger, a manual flip-up liftgate window, digital keypad power door locks, front foglights, and power mirrors. The Luxury and Premier models add privacy glass, and the Premier comes standard with dusk-sensing, auto-delay-off headlamps, and heated mirrors.

Interior

The Mariner features a two-tone interior with wood grain and metal accents. A console-mounted gearshift lever with a satin-aluminum knob is standard. The instrument dials have dark gray faces, and in upscale models, a multifunction message center features a two-line display. The Mariner can seat up to five with front bucket seats and a 60/40-split folding rear seat. The rear seat features a removable cushion and integrated three-point seatbelts for all occupants. With the rear seat up, the cargo area has a capacity of 23.9 cubic feet. Fold down the rear seat, and the cargo space expands to 66.3 cubic feet.

Base-model Mariners come with premium cloth upholstery, bucket front seats and a split-folding rear seatback, a tilt-adjustable, leather steering wheel with built-in cruise controls, air-conditioning, and a four-speaker AM/FM in-dash CD player stereo system. The Premier model adds upscale touches such as leather upholstery, heated front seats, a height-adjustable, six-way power driver’s seat with manually adjustable lumbar support, and a seven-speaker MACH premium audio system with an AM/FM in-dash six-CD player and speed-sensitive volume control.

Performance & Handling

The 2005 Mercury Mariner is offered with a choice of two engines: a 2.3-liter four-cylinder that generates 153 horsepower and 152 lb-ft of torque or a three-liter V-6 capable of 200 hp and 193 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are mated with a four-speed automatic transmission, and drivers have a choice of front or all-wheel drive. Properly equipped, the Mariner can tow up to 3500 pounds. The Mariner offers a reasonably smooth ride most of the time. Rougher pavement tends to transmit a lot of vibration to the cabin, and there is noticeable drivetrain noise. The Mariner’s acceleration is strong from a standstill, but a bit tame at higher speeds. The automatic transmission is smooth and precise.

Safety

All models of the 2005 Mariner come standard with four-wheel anti-lock brakes, emergency braking assist, electronic brake force distribution, child seat anchors, rear door child safety locks, an engine immobilizer, three-point seatbelts all around, and dual front airbags with occupant-sensing deactivation on the passenger side. An options package available on all models adds front side-impact airbags and side curtain airbags, and a rear obstacle detection system is available for the Premier model. The Mercury rates four out of five stars for driver and front passenger protection in the National Highway Safety Administration’s frontal-impact crash tests. In side-impact tests, the Mariner earns five stars for both driver and rear passenger protection. The Mariner’s rollover resistance rating is three stars.

EPA Fuel Economy

Mercury Mariner FWD, four-cylinder: 19/24 mpg city/highway
Mercury Mariner FWD, V-6: 17/23 mpg city/highway
Mercury Mariner AWD, four-cylinder: 17/21 mpg city/highway
Mercury Mariner AWD, V-6: 16/21 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Compact size
  • Powerful V-6
  • Stylish interior
  • Maneuverability

You Won't Like

  • Poor fuel mileage
  • Faux wood trim
  • Side-impact airbags not standard

Sum Up

Versatility of an SUV with an upscale look.

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