Intro: Mercury's compact SUV, the 2011 Mariner, applies the rugged construction of a traditional sport utility vehicle but in more nimble dimensions that translate into capability on back roads and city streets.
The vertical bar grille and prominent air intakes flanked by fog lights in the lower front valance give this small SUV a more aggressive stance than its previous generation. Our Premier model came with 17-inch Satin-finished alloy wheels that matched the embossed "Mercury" name in the rear bumper.
Performance: The 2011 Mariner is available in Base and Premier trims. The standard engine across the line is a 2.5-liter inline 4, producing 171 horsepower and 171 pound feet of torque. An available 3-liter V6 puts out 240 horsepower and 223 pound feet of torque. Both engines send power to the front wheels or available 4-wheel drive through a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Fuel Economy: Here are the highest and lowest EPA estimates for fuel economy:
Features: The interior accommodates 5 passengers comfortably and has impressive cargo space that can be nearly doubled by folding the 60/40 rear seats, and conveniently accessed via the remote-activated split opening rear lift gate.
Our Premier Mariner came with leather and satin-pewter appointed interior as well as a 330-watt, 6-disc CD Audiophile sound system operated via the tilting multifunction steering wheel. Also part of that package is the SYNC voice activated entertainment system, while the available DVD-based Navigation system is a worthwhile option.
Safety: Standard safety equipment includes antilock braking system, AdvanceTrac traction control with roll stability control, side-impact door beams, and a full array of front and side impact airbags.
Pricing/Warranty: Base MSRP for the 2011 Mercury Mariner is $23,565. A 4-wheel drive Premier trim starts at $27,385. All Mariners are covered by a 5-year, 60,000-mile power train warranty.
Summary: Those considering a small SUV with a clean look and a decidedly up-scale persona should take a good look at the 2011 Mercury Mariner.