2011 Hybrid Mercury Mariner | Reviews, FWD, AWD, 4WD, MSRP

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2011 Mercury Mariner Hybrid Reviewed

Last updated on March 17th, 2011

Mercury Mariner Goes Out with a Bang

Ford is retiring the Mercury name, but that hasn’t put a dent in the reputation of the 2011 Mercury Mariner Hybrid. The vehicle, like its 2010 version. still offers great fuel economy for its size and provides the space one would expect in an SUV.

The 2011 Mercury Mariner Hybrid comes in two versions. A four-wheel-drive (4WD) model gets 30 mpg city and 27 mpg highway. A front-wheel-drive model offers 34 mpg city, 31 mpg highway.

Those figures are comparable to last year’s model’s fuel economy ratings, which put this SUV in the best-in-class category, according to Car Driver.

The hybrid SUV delivers this fuel economy using a 2.5-liter four-cylinder gas engine alongside an electric motor. Combined they deliver 177 horsepower.

That power is delivered to the front wheels using a continuously variable transmission that allows a smooth transition between gas and electric modes of operation. The 4WD model uses a second electric motor to power the rear wheels. That motor also kicks in when more acceleration or traction is needed.

The performance of the SUV is modest. It can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in about 9 seconds.

Beyond the high fuel economy for its class, reviewers also note that the 2011 Mariner has a responsive hybrid drive train and excellent crash safety features. In fact, with regard to safety, the 2011 Mercury Mariner Hybrid scored five out of five stars, in government tests, for all occupants in both frontal and side impacts

The Mariner is also bundled with innovative high-tech features. And while many hybrids offer an impressive array of technology, the Mariner has some features that are simply not available from other manufacturers. Notable technical wizardry includes the Sync voice-activated multimedia system and an automated parallel parking assist system.  (These features are available on the Mariner’s cousin, the Ford Escape Hybrid.)

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For those looking for comparable other choices, the Mercury Mariner hybrid is often put in the same class as the Chevrolet Equinox, Honda CR-V, and Toyota RAV4.

One downside to the 2011 Mercury Mariner Hybrid, noted by many reviewers, is that the Mariner is on the pricey side. MSRP is $30,115 for the FWD model; $31,865 for the AWD version.

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