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2010 Mercury Mariner Review

The 2010 Mercury Mariner is a competent and inviting 2010 compact SUV with decent fuel economy and a spacious interior, but isn’t as comfortable as several highly-ranked rivals.

Pros & Cons

  • Ample cargo space
  • Decent fuel economy with four-cylinder engine
  • Noisy cabin
  • Some low-rent interior materials




Critics' Rating: 7.9
Performance: 7.1
Interior: 7.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.6
Safety: 9.3
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2010 Mercury Mariner Overview

When it was new, critics liked the 2010 Mercury Mariner for its peppy engine options, though several did note a lot of engine noise in the cabin. Powering the Mariner is either a 171-horsepower four-cylinder engine or a 240-horsepower V6. Most reviewers said either engine provides adequate power for daily driving. The Mariner is available with either front- or all-wheel drive. A front-wheel drive Mariner with the four-cylinder engine achieves 21/28 mpg city/highway, which is pretty good for the class. Opting for the V6 or AWD takes a slight toll on fuel economy.

Inside, the Mariner drew mixed reviews. Some appreciated the open, airy design, while others couldn’t get past the use of some cheap materials. Generally, the seats were deemed comfortable, although this was more so the case in the front seats, as several said the back seats were fairly uncomfortable. Maximum cargo capacity with the rear seats folded is 67.2 cubic feet, which is fairly decent for the class. Standard equipment includes cloth seats and a four-speaker stereo with satellite radio and an auxiliary input jack. Available features include leather seats, dual-zone climate control, SYNC infotainment system, a power sunroof, backup camera, navigation and Active Park Assist, which parallel parks the Mariner with little input from the driver.

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Other Cars to Consider

If you like the Mariner, you may also like the 2010 Ford Escape. The Mariner and Escape are mechanical twins, so they have a lot in common. Unless you’re sold on the styling of the Mariner, check out both, and see which one you can get a better deal on.

Another 2010 compact SUV to consider is the 2010 GMC Terrain. The Terrain was well-liked for its upscale interior and pleasing driving dynamics. It also gets some of the best fuel economy ratings in the class with its four-cylinder engine, and has interior features that reviewers appreciated, such as a back seat that slides back and forth.

Compare the Mariner to the Escape and Terrain »

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