2006 Mercury Mariner Hybrid Test Drive – 2006 Mercury Mariner SUV Review

21 Dec 2014 | Author: | Comments Off on 2006 Mercury Mariner Hybrid Test Drive – 2006 Mercury Mariner SUV Review
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The Mercury Mariner is a more luxurious version of the Escape Hybrid, with cosmetic alterations to the exterior.

The Mariner Hybrid is a more version of the Ford Escape Like its sibling, the Mariner excels at everything most require of a compact SUV, and so while using less and producing less pollution. acceleration is its only vice, one easily get over when you how much the Mariner Hybrid can cut fuel bills.

It’s a little SUV. $29,840 $34,220 as tested, EPA fuel estimates 33 MPG city/29 MPG highway.


If there’s one clear to SUVs, it’s fuel Their boxy shape, big and all-wheel-drive hardware may put the U in SUV, but also add weight and aerodynamic both sworn enemies of gas

A fuel-saving hybrid powertrain sense for an SUV. While the Highlander Hybrid and Lexus use their gas-electric powertrains to acceleration, the Mercury Mariner employs a four-cylinder engine and a way of doing things: The system not boosts power output but allows the engine to run in the most manner possible. The result is a compact SUV with more-than-adequate and fuel economy rivaling (or many mid-size sedans.

How is it? I averaged 28.2 MPG during week. In all my years of road the best fuel economy I recorded in an SUV was 25.6 in a 2002 RAV4 with 5-speed transmission and front-wheel-drive.

For the Mariner to beat it by more than 10% is impressive, especially when you that the roomy Mariner has an transmission (actually a continuously transmission, or CVT), all-wheel-drive, and no of space or scoot.

In the Driver’s Seat

Mariner’s features a well laid-out of digital and analog displays.

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I the Mariner’s cabin to be exceptionally As with most modern there’s little in the cabin to the gas-electric Mariner from versions. Matter of fact, the difference is in the cargo bay – below the floor – the battery pack lives. other hybrids, the Mariner its electricity from batteries are charged as the vehicle slows The battery pack actually has impact on useful cargo a definite feather in its cap.

My was loaded to the gills; a $3,795 Package included heated seats, upgraded stereo 6-disc CD changer, side for the front seats, side-curtain for all rows and a GPS navigation system. stereo, airbag package and nav are also available separately.) The system’s color display was than most units, but the graphics and clearly spoken made it easy to use. Hybrids equipped with the system also have a that shows when is being drawn from the engine, batteries or both.#13;

On the Road

There’s been a in the press – I had it wrong until an astute About.com set me straight – that uses a licensed version of hybrid system. It doesn’t. licensed some technologies Toyota (concepts they first), but the hybrid system is all and they have several of own patents.

Mercury Mariner

It does work a lot like the system, however, with a 2.3 four-cylinder gas engine and electric that power the Mariner or together. Like Toyota the Mariner shuts off the gas engine at and can run in electric-only mode. Unlike the hybrids, the Mariner’s electric seem to have more allowing moderate acceleration up to 25 MPH or so using the gas engine.

I was able to several circuits of my neighborhood on power alone.

The Mariner transmission is a CVT, which like an automatic with an number of gears. The special engine revs quite under moderate acceleration. unnerving at first because the is so loud, but I quickly got used to the racket. Under most the Mariner is quiet; in fact at low it’s darn near

Journey’s End

Mariner’s compact conceals a very room with ample cargo and space for most purposes.

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I’m an outspoken critic of that get poor fuel while offering little space. The Mariner Hybrid is the opposite, and that’s why I’m a big fan. Its hybrid system a perfect balance between and economy.

Equipment-wise, the Hybrid’s trim level is similar to a all-wheel-drive Mariner Premier V6 without leather interior. leather isn’t a stand-alone on the Hybrid, there’s no direct So let’s say the hybrid price is about $2,500.

Most hybrids require hundred thousand miles of to make up the price difference, but uncertain fuel prices and the V6 less-than-stellar fuel economy, a Hybrid owner stands a chance than most of up the cost.

But saving money the only reason to buy a hybrid. Oil is a resource, and the Mariner Hybrid less of it than most (not to mention many cars). And the Mariner’s ability, than any hybrid I’ve to tool around the neighborhood on power means cleaner air our kids are playing. All reasons if I was going to buy a compact SUV, the Hybrid would be my number-one

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