2008 Mercury Mariner Hybrid Review – SUV – CNET Reviews

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The good: The power train in the 2008 Mariner Hybrid, derived the Toyota Synergy system, is the around. Route guidance and on its navigation system are good, as is the of sources feeding into the system.

The bad: The Mariner gets pricey for the small SUV The maps in the navigation system poor resolution, and Bluetooth phone integration isn’t

The bottom line: The 2008 Mariner Hybrid has the practical of a small SUV, along the low emissions and good fuel of a hybrid. Its cabin electronics are although not extraordinary.

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2008 Mariner Hybrid

Ford Company finally realized if you want to sell a high-tech you need to put high-tech gadgets in the In truth, the highest tech about the 2008 Mercury Hybrid is still the hybrid train. But the newest model significantly improved cabin over previous generations.

The Mariner Hybrid and the Ford Hybrid share the same which includes body seating configuration, hybrid train, and cabin electronics. The key between the two cars is that the presents a more refined sort of like the clothes you wear out to a nice restaurant as to what you’ll lounge in on a Saturday.

We’ve seen a lot of cars a similar body style to the Hybrid recently, such as the CR-V. the Mitsubishi Outlander. and the Grand Vitara. All have a configuration, with four easy access to the seats, and a cargo area that can be by folding down the rear The Mariner’s design is chunky, the car a rugged look, although the suggests the refinement the Mercury is supposed to represent.

Mercury Mariner

The previous generation of Mariner/Escapes had a navigation screen and a navigation running off of CDs. The new Mariner gets a DVD-based navigation with a proper-size screen, an in-dash six-disc changer. Its power train remains the as in previous models, using a of Toyota’s Synergy system.

This hybrid system is the best in the business.

Test the Zero-emission driving

Because the system in the Mariner Hybrid can the car under electric power at low we staged a contest where Car Tech editors Wayne and Kevin Massy would see how they each could the car going before the gas engine start up. Each got their in the car, with a stopwatch track of how long the car was under

We staged the contest on the east of San Francisco’s Potrero Hill. We that location so each could take the car down the hill of 19th Street in to charge up the car’s hybrid pack before the start of run. During the run down the each driver kept the regenerative brakes lightly which sent electricity to the

A power-flow diagram on the car’s LCD the level of battery charge.

We the long slope down Street to charge the Mariner batteries.

Wayne Cunningham next, running the Mariner to the top of the hill, then down to the battery pack. He drove a course as Kevin Massy, to little trafficked industrial with a light foot on the gas The car rolled along silently, no gas and causing no emissions.

But at 5 minutes and 1 second, the engine up, running electricity back the completely discharged battery. The hadn’t gotten completely up for this second run, partially explains the shorter time.

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