2010 Mercury Mariner

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2010 Mercury Mariner Review

Compact SUV with soft looks, good gas mileage

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In a Nutshell
The 2010 Mercury Mariner is a compact sport utility vehicle (SUV) that comes in three trim levels: Base, Premier, and Hybrid. Available with either front- or all-wheel drive, the Mercury Mariner is equipped with a base 2.5-liter inline-4 engine, while the Premier trim gets a bigger 3.0-liter V-6 engine, and both engines are coupled to six-speed automatic transmissions. Properly equipped, the V-6 Mariner can tow up to 3,500 pounds. The Hybrid trim 2.5-liter I-4 engine with an electric motor is mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT).

With a very soft look that often turns heads due to its attractiveness, the Mercury Mariner is equipped with Ford's Sync Connect and other high tech features to make the interior pleasant as well. Boasting excellent safety ratings, the fuel economy on the Mercury Mariner is also pleasing, in the 20 mpg city / 26 mpg highway range. The Hybrid trim is one of the most fuel efficient SUVs on the road, getting 30 miles per gallon.

New for 2010

Several features have been added to the 2010 Mercury Mariner, including integrated spotted mirrors, an optional rear-view camera system, Active Park Assist self-parallel-parking system, the MyKey system, and the Sync with Traffic, Directions and Information system, which adds GPS functionality and Bluetooth connectivity.

Essentials

Several features have been added to the 2010 Mercury Mariner, including integrated spotted mirrors, an optional rear-view camera system, Active Park Assist self-parallel-parking system, the MyKey system, and the Sync with Traffic, Directions and Information system, which adds GPS functionality and Bluetooth connectivity.

On the Outside

The exterior of the Mercury Mariner is characterized by the signature Mercury grille, clear tail lights, and new front and rear fascias, which is accented by a chrome strip under the tailgate.

From the Inside

While the Mercury Mariner is may not have much rear-seat legroom, it does have 67.2 cubic-feet of cargo space when the rear seats are folded down.

Driving Performance

The base engine on the Mercury Mariner is a 2.5-liter I-4 that churns out 171 horsepower and 171 pound-feet of torque, while the Premier trim is more suited to heavy hauling or towing, with a 240 horsepower V-6 engine, which can tow up to 3,500 pounds.

Safety Equipment

Standard safety equipment on the Mercury Mariner includes six airbags including side curtain airbags for both rows of seats plus stability and traction control, while integrated spotter mirrors aid the driver in seeing traffic in blind spots.

Gas Mileage

I4 4x2: 21 mpg city/28 mpg highway
I4 4x4: 19 mpg city/25 mpg highway
V6 4x2: 20 mpg city/26 mpg highway
V6 4x4: 18 mpg city/23 mpg highway
Hybrid 4x2: 34 mpg city/31 mpg highway
Hybrid 4x4: 30 mpg city/27 mpg highway

Plusses

  • Good gas mileage
  • Hybrid trim

Minuses

  • Tight rear-seat legroom

Rating

Compact SUV with soft looks, good gas mileage

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