2009 Mercury Mariner Hybrid Review

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2009 Mercury Mariner Review

2009 Mercury Hybrid

In 2004, Ford the Escape Hybrid #8211; the hybrid SUV on the market. Mostly at first, increasingly high gas have helped Ford every Escape Hybrid can produce. 2006 marked the of the Mercury Mariner Hybrid.

identical to the Escape, the Mariner buyers an alternative to the Ford #8211; the only difference is and a better interior.

New for 2009: engine output is increased 153 horsepower to 177, due to the increase in size from 2.3 to 2.5 liters. The is mounted to the same CVT transmission as year. The once four-wheel brakes have now been by inferior drum brakes in the That one#8217;s a mystery to me. a 2009 model now gives you standard equipment #8211; SYNC is now standard, as is satellite and steering-wheel mounted audio

Overall refinement and drive has also been increased for The design carries over 2008.

Trims and Options

The Mercury Mariner Hybrid is in front-wheel-drive (FWD) or all-wheel-drive models, and has only one (well-equipped) level. The FWD Mariner starts at a $29,750, while the AWD model set you back at least $31,500. expensive, but not so much when you a Nissan Altima Hybrid a few options is priced around the

Included in the $4000 Hybrid Package is the voice-activated navigation heated leather seats, a sound system, ambient a reverse sensing system, and racks. The navigation system is available as a stand-alone option for A power moon-roof is optional for

You get your choice of five colors (ice blue my favorite,) but you can only have a #8220;stone#8221; interior. Not good for with kids who like to kool-aid on the seats, or simply like light interiors.

Driving characteristics in the Mariner were impressive, both in hybrid mode and electric-only. I being able to cruise at up to 40 mph in electric mode only, you still have to accelerate The #8220;Green zone#8221; on the tachometer is but could have been at helping the driver stay in mode by varying more accelerator input.

Transition electric to hybrid mode was sometimes you couldn#8217;t even the gas engine turned on if you weren#8217;t Although more powerful last year#8217;s model, the 2.5 engine is still struggles and under medium to hard Hopefully next year#8217;s will be more refined.

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Steering was responsive and light, the wasn#8217;t too soft or too rough, and was great. There is somewhat wind and road noise at speeds, which infers insulation. My biggest complaint driving was the touchy brakes, also felt uneven and at times.

The interior is comfortable and laid-out. The cruise and audio of the steering wheel controls are and the ice-blue color of the gauge is cool and modern. There is of room for driver and passenger to out, although the back could be a bit tight for taller on long trips.

Cargo is impressive at 66 cubic ft. Ford did a job hiding the hybrid batteries in a way doesn#8217;t take up too much room.

Worth noting: The navigation seemed incomplete. Many had #8220;incomplete mapping data,#8221; and not take us on those roads a route, essentially taking the way around instead. This in many places, and made us using the navigation in fear we would be going out of our way unnecessarily.

The Mariner Hybrid is rated at 34 31 hwy mpg, while we actually saw an of 34.7 mpg #8211; mostly driving. I#8217;m still at getting small car fuel out of an SUV. During the few times we did to fill up, the capless fuel system was convenient.


I was surprised at how much I the 2009 Mercury Mariner If you need the space of an SUV but are worried the high fuel costs, the Mariner Hybrid (along its sibling Ford Escape is the best in its class. Although a bit you#8217;re getting class-leading economy, plenty of interior luxury features, and a comfortable

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