Mercury Mariner

Mercury Mariner

Small sport utility vehicles like the Mariner are representative of one of the near-perfect compromises that occurred in the world of automobiles. They let you sit up higher to take a commanding view of the road, load up the family and cargo without having to do a lot of twisting and bending, and plow through harsh winter weather without having to stop and put snow chains on. Unlike the larger SUVs, the Mercury Mariner is easy to park, easy to drive, and easy on the pocketbook when it comes time to fuel your ride up.

Model Overview

Having a compact SUV in the lineup is an absolute necessity for any auto maker, which is why the Mariner was introduced. Even though it was added to the segment later on, the 2005 Mariner took the automotive marketplace by storm. Three years after being introduced, the Mariner ended up going through a cosmetic rejuvenation that was followed-up the following year with mechanical improvements, which made it one of the more popular vehicles in the lineup for families of all ages. The addition to the lineup stopped being produced as of 2011.

There were two generations for the Mariner, with the most recent one being offered from 2008 to 2011. When compared to the earlier versions of the ride, the newer model offered an interior and exterior makeover that offered a significant improvement in quality, which is why so many people loved the newer version of the model.

With two trim levels were available for the Mercury: the base model and the upscale Premier, you can choose the package that is going to work the best for your needs. During the first year, it offered a 2.3-liter inline 4 boasting 153 horsepower and a whopping 152 pounds per feet of torque to get it up and pounding the pavement. The base V6 and the Premier models both came with a 3.0-liter V6 that boasted 200 horsepower and 193 pounds per feet of torque. Both of these engines were paired with its standard four-speed transmission. You can get all-wheel drive on any of the models, so you never have to worry about being stuck out in nasty weather.

For the 2009 model, there were mechanical changes that were made. The inline 4 ended up growing to 2.5-liters with 171 horsepower, while the V6 ended up being upgraded to 240 horsepower. Both engines came with a new six-speed automatic transmission. During that year, Ford introduced the Sync multimedia voice control system with a revamped suspension to improve the overall ride quality.

Even with all of that, the 2009 model and later are the most desirable of all options due to their array of features for families. Numerous high-tech features came into play for 2010, such as that of the MyKeySytem, which allows you to limit the speed the vehicle can go and the volume of the stereo system for your teenage drivers, an Auto Park feature that helps to steer the car when parallel parking and a back-up camera.

Ford originally introduced the Mariner in 2005 as an upscale version of their Escape to give families something more to love and enjoy. Models introduced before 2008 had the same type of materials inside as their Escape did. The original model is pleasant to drive, complete with handling that is both responsive and tight, which is why it became a family favorite due to its ease of handling and driveability. From 2005 to 2008, the Mariner had either the 2.3-liter inline 4 with 153 horsepower of the 3.0-liter V6 with 200 horsepower, both came with a standard four-speed transmission.

The 2005 to 2007 models came in either a convenience, mid-level luxury or the Premier trim. Convenience models have air conditioning, power accessories and a CD player, while the luxury added in a few additional features and a V6 engine. The Premier incorporated leather seating, side airbags and rear parking sensors to envelope you in comfort and luxury.


According to information from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, they tested a 2010 Mercury Mariner to form their crash test results. It was rated "good" on aspects of moderate overlap front, head restraints and seats and side. It was given a "marginal" rating in terms of roof strength.

Noteworthy Information about the Mercury Mariner

  • Consumers Digest donned the Mariner with the best buy award for 2005, 2006, and 2007.
  • Their hybrid version introduced in 2006 was given the honor of 2006 Green Car of the Year.