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2008 Mercury Mariner

Published April 10, 2008

Winning a Nobel Prize with a number of perks.

there#8217;s a $1.5 million you are morally obligated to spend on research in your field, or to a good cause, rather blowing it on a couple of cases of liquor and smoked salmon the duty free shop on way back from the award in Scandinavia.

Not a problem, because you get home you can sit back, relax and in the international fame that with being a Nobel lasts about as long as it for the recycling truck to pick up the

Sad, but true.

Go ahead, two Nobel Prize winners the past five years. your job description includes the mechanism design theory or transcription, I#8217;ll wager you can come up with one.


He won the 2007 Nobel Peace for encouraging us to stop doing like driving around in dioxide-emitting automobiles, which up an interesting point the Nobel didn#8217;t ask.

What Mr. Green, himself, drive?

Even without the cash Environment-Al is a pretty well-off His net worth these days is to be over $100 million, means he probably can buy just any vehicle that he cares to. So no surprise that he chooses to only the very best.

A Mariner Hybrid.

Laugh all you Rolls-Royce owners, but the Mariner along with its corporate the Ford Escape Hybrid, is the SUV you can buy in the United States, making it the in that dubious, but increasingly category.

For the former vice driving a Mariner Hybrid is a situation. Good gas mileage, room and comfort than the car-sized alternatives and, important for a once and future it#8217;s American.

With an EPA rating of 32 miles per gallon, the Hybrid gets 4 more per gallon than the next-best Vue Green Line at 28 mpg, and 6 than the Toyota Highlander#8217;s 26

More impressive is that the Hybrid#8217;s fuel economy is 45 better than the conventional Mariner, which returns a 22 mpg in the same test. The Mariner costs over $5,000 to buy, and you#8217;re not likely to that up in gas savings during the that you own it, but federal and state tax incentives may be available to you that can that price gap.

Besides, you#8217;re not buying it for right? You#8217;re buying it for the

These figures are for the front-wheel model, like our test but you also can order a four-wheel-drive that gets 28 mpg #8212; in that category, as well.

at $25,765, the Mariner is a slightly less rugged-looking version of the Escape. Other than a of Hybrid logos on the exterior, and a few in the way it goes about its business, the Hybrid looks and rides the same as the standard version.

having ground clearance as high as a Jeep Wrangler#8217;s, it has a ride on the pavement, where Mariners spend their with the composed feel of a car than the bounce and jounce of a

It#8217;s not luxury sedan-smooth, but is an unexpected absence of body for a vehicle that stands tall, even on the twisty roads of New Jersey#8217;s ski country I spent a day with the Mariner I#8217;m not making this up; is such a place).

Driving along in full-electric which technically you can stay in for distances at speeds under 25 per hour on a charged battery, the gets from traffic to traffic light just Only the soft whine of the motor reminds you that not just coasting down a

Conditions need to be perfect to that 25-mph speed for any of time, but crawling along in traffic, the engine rarely up, and I regularly putt-putted around at 15 mph dipping into the gas tank. it does start, the engine on with just a light that barely gets after a few hours behind the

What does take effort to get used to is the way the 2.3-liter delivers its power to the wheels. than a standard automatic the Mariner is equipped with a variable transmission, also as a CVT.

Generally speaking, have a design similar to you find on a bicycle, but in place of the two of gears connected by a chain, are two cone-shaped pulleys connected by a This allows the belt to move through an infinite of gear ratios so that the can operate at its most efficient more often, rather revving up and down as it shifts a limited number of gears.

If you#8217;ve ridden your lately, like a good should, you can appreciate how much and more effective this is than having to build up leg every time you shift

Of course it’s not as simple as and CVTs come in a variety of In fact, the one in the Mariner actually a complex set of gears to achieve its feel, but the basic concept of how it is the same.

In the Mariner, when you hit the gas to at highway speeds or drive up a the relatively weak 133-horsepower revs quickly to one of its power #8212; approximately 4,000 rpm or rpm #8212; and stays planted while the CVT does its thing to the vehicle.

Mercury Mariner

The electric motor a hand, and the performance is acceptable, if not but the drone from the engine can on you, giving the impression the engine is working a lot harder it should be.

It#8217;s a turn-off to some and a big reason CVTs aren#8217;t used. Hybrid drivers things to be different, however, so the efficiency of a CVT is the perfect fit. uses a nearly identical in its lineup, including the mileage-king,

Aside from all this, the hasn#8217;t changed a bit during its It has the same blocky-looking, but easy to dashboard; the same reasonably front seats with legroom than you get in some SUVs; and the same bearably rear seats with as legroom as you#8217;d expect to in a compact SUV.

One nifty of having an electric motor on is an optional three-prong 110-volt outlet, just like the in your home. At $180 not a cheap, but you won#8217;t need to buy any car adapters for your portable devices, and if you use the Mariner for work or the tailgate party, it#8217;s a feature when you#8217;re in the middle of nowhere.

For 2009 Mercury is putting a more-powerful gas engine under the of the Mariner and Escape Hybrids, and if you in the mountains or regularly drive with a full load of like a good car-pooling should, you might want to out for that one.

If you spend of your time behind the solo, still searching for save-the-planet friends to drive with, the current model suit you just fine.

yet, if anyone gives you any for commuting alone in an SUV, the Mariner Hybrid comes a free pass.

Just them Al said it was OK, and if they like it, they can take it up the Nobel committee.


Mercury Mariner Hybrid

Price: $25,765

As Tested:

Engine: 2.3L inline-4 motor

Power: 133hp/155hp net motor assist

Drivetrain: drive w/CVT

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