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2009 Mercury Mountaineer Review

The 2009 Mercury Mountaineer is a great SUV for families who need to tow the boat on Saturday and tote the kids to school on Monday. However, shoppers who don’t need the Mountaineer’s burly abilities may be better served by more refined 2009 midsize SUVs.

Pros & Cons

  • Hefty, capable V8
  • Quiet cabin
  • Great towing abilities
  • Guzzles fuel
  • Below-average safety score
  • Cramped third row




Critics' Rating: 7.0
Performance: 7.5
Interior: 7.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.0
Safety: 8.8
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2009 Mercury Mountaineer Overview

When it was new, reviewers said the 2009 Mercury Mountaineer was one of the best traditional, truck-based SUVs you can get. The Mountaineer offers a refined interior, a comfortable ride and great towing abilities. Testers loved models that featured the powerful V8 engine. However, the Mountaineer’s terrible fuel economy and cramped available third row make it a poor choice for families who don’t venture off-road or need to tow their weekend toys. Additionally, the safety scores for the Mountaineer, while not bad, aren’t as strong as the leading SUVs in the class.

The Mercury Mountaineer comes with either a V6 or a V8 engine, both of which are available with rear- or all-wheel drive. No matter which engine you choose, though, fuel economy will be terrible. Depending on how it’s equipped, it can tow more than 7,000 pounds, which far outshines most of its crossover competition, and its truck-based platform makes it a good off-roader.

Base models come standard with more feature than the average affordable midsize SUV, like a six-way power-reclining driver’s seat and speed-sensitive intermittent windshield wipers. The top-of-the-line Premier model comes standard with luxury features like dual-zone climate control, leather seats and an infotainment system with Bluetooth. Despite these upscale features, test drivers rated the Mountaineer’s interior as sturdy rather than luxurious.

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Other Cars to Consider

If you like the 2009 Mercury Mountaineer’s brawny capabilities, it makes sense to cross-shop it against its corporate cousin, the 2009 Ford Explorer. Both the Mercury and Ford feature the same available engines, but the Explorer is also available with four-wheel drive, which may appeal to shoppers who need more off-road prowess than the Mountaineer’s AWD system will offer.

Shoppers who don’t need seven seats should also consider the 2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The Grand Cherokee offers Jeep’s legendary off-road performance, but also provides an especially comfortable interior. Test drivers agreed that when it was new, the 2009 Grand Cherokee combined off-road prowess and refined family capabilities like few other midsize SUVs.

Compare the Mountaineer to the Explorer and Grand Cherokee »

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