About the Mercury Mariner
The Mercury Mariner was a rather late addition to the compact crossover SUV market, and it was mostly just a copy of the Ford Escape. Nevertheless, the Mercury Mariner was able to create a unique identity for itself by providing additional features. Within three years of its introduction, the Mercury Mariner began its next generation with an almost thorough upgrade. The following year witnessed even more mechanical improvements, but the SUV eventually fizzed out, as did the Mercury brand. Both the brand and production were terminated in the last quarter of 2010. This was largely due to the aged design of the SUV despite the mid-life upgrade. Mercury Mariner Features
Production of the Mercury Mariner ended in 2010, with the last model that rolled out in the same year. This meant that 2011 was the last model year for the Mercury Mariner. It had the same features as the second-generation Mariner, along with some additional features. The gearbox was a six-speed automatic, which replaced the four-speed automatic in 2009. This change improved the fuel economy of the Mariner by one mpg and also increased power output by 11 percent. The standard engine could now produce 170 hp, while the 3.0-liter Duratec V-6 engine could deliver 240 hp instead of the previous 200 bhp.
The 2011 Mercury Mariner also carried forward a change made in the SUV in 2010, which was the addition of trailer-sway controls and the Ford MyKey feature as a standard. Another feature in the Mercury Mariner was a flex-fuel option on the V-6 engine that allowed the driver to choose between regular unleaded gas or E85 fuel and even had the ability to switch between them. The Euro-style turn repeaters were removed in 2010 and remained absent in the last model of the Mercury Mariner. Mercury Mariner Evolution
The first generation of the Mercury Mariner was a refreshed version of the Ford Escape. The SUV was launched in 2005 and positioned above the Escape and Tribute due to the addition of certain luxury features. These features included stylistic differences, turn-signal repeaters from the European version of the Ford Maverick, and two-tone interiors. Other features in the Mariner included monotone cladding and the ""waterfall"" front grille, which was a signature of the Mercury brand. Unlike the Escape and Mazda Tribute, the Mercury Mariner was only available with an automatic gearbox. The SUV was the first Mercury to use a four-cylinder engine since the Mercury Cougar in 2002.
A hybrid version of the Mercury Mariner was introduced in the U.S. market in 2006. The SUV was powered by a full-hybrid electric system, which meant that the system could switch between pure-gasoline power and pure-electric power or use a combination of both to maximize efficiency and performance. The Mercury Mariner Hybrid used a regenerative braking system for braking or decelerating. This system helped convert the vehicle’s momentum into electricity for charging the batteries. The Mariner Hybrid could generate 155 hp of power, which offered almost the same acceleration as a Mercury Mariner powered by a conventional 200 hp V-6 engine. With fuel economy rated at 34/31 mpg city/highway, the Mercury Mariner Hybrid is considered to be the most fuel-efficient SUV on the road.
The next big change in the Mercury Mariner was introduced in the 2008 model year. The look of the SUV was significantly updated, which kick started a new generation. However, the vehicle still retained the Ford CD2 platform that was used in the first generation. The changes in the Mercury Mariner included a new lift-gate, taillights, headlights, seats, doors and wheels, and a higher beltline. The interior of the SUV was updated with the addition of higher-quality materials and a greater refinement of existing features.
The engine was still the same overall, but was subject to a few small changes. The vehicle was still powered by a 3.0-liter Duratec V-6 engine, but it was modified to improve its mileage. The new version of the V-6 consumed 10 percent less fuel than the previous generation engine.
The second generation of the Mercury Mariner also received the pull-drift steering compensation system from Ford. This system used software to enhance Electric Power Steering in the vehicle. The first Mercury Mariner with this feature was introduced in the South Florida International Auto Show in October 2006 and was heralded as a new step ahead for the SUV.