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7.4

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.8
Performance: 7.5
Interior: 7.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.5
Safety: 9.3
Reliability:
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2009 Mercury Mariner Review

The 2009 Mercury Mariner is a good choice in a field of great choices. While it may lack the refinement of some of its key rivals, its spacious cabin make it worthy of consideration.

Pros & Cons

  • Comfortable ride
  • Spacious interior and cargo area
  • Good safety scores
  • Subpar materials quality
  • Uncomfortable rear seats

2009 Mercury Mariner Overview

When it was new, critics praised the Mariner for its peppy engines and spacious interior. They said that with some updates for 2009, the Mariner is a generally pleasing and nice-driving SUV. And while many reviewers weren’t all that impressed with the quality of materials used in the cabin, they liked its cargo-carrying capability, which is strong. Its safety scores are good as well.

With power gains to the four- and six-cylinder engines for 2009, critics said the Mariner feels fairly lively to drive, with ample power for passing and merging. The base four-cylinder engine has 171 horsepower, and the V6 has 240 horsepower. Front-wheel drive models with the four-cylinder engine get 20/28 mpg city/highway, which is fairly good for the class, while opting for the V6 or all-wheel drive reduces that figure slightly.

Inside, the Mariner drew mixed reviews by critics. With updates to the cabin for 2009, some reviewers thought the Mariner felt upscale and modern, while others were less than thrilled with the somewhat low-rent cabin materials. The front seats were generally found to be comfortable, while critics said the rear seats were generally not all that comfortable. Maximum cargo capacity with the rear seats folded is 66.3 cubic feet, which is fairly good for the class. Standard equipment includes cloth seats and a CD stereo with an auxiliary input jack. Features on higher trims and option packages include leather seats, a SYNC infotainment system, power sunroof, navigation, dual-zone climate control and satellite radio.

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Other Cars to Consider

If you’re considering the Mariner, you should also check out the 2009 Ford Escape. The two are very similar, and therefore, share the same traits, both good and bad. Unless you’re sold on the styling of one over the other, checking out both may increase the chance of getting the best possible deal.

Another 2009 compact SUV you should check out is the 2009 Mazda CX-7. The CX-7 was regarded by critics as one of the sportiest offerings in the segment. Its interior space and cargo capacity trail that of the Mariner, but if you’re looking for an SUV that is fun to drive, you’ll find few other choices in the class that are better.

Compare the Mariner to the Escape and CX-7 »

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