Step-in height for a four-wheel-drive Mariner is greater than expected, but it's spacious and comfortable inside. Visibility is clear all-around. Acceleration with the V6 is quite spirited. In fact, it...
... might accelerate more quickly than you first expect. Shifts of the automatic transmission are barely noticed. Downshifts are prompt, but higher-speed
pickup is on the tame side. Nicely maneuverable, like the Escape, the Mariner is a little less sporty. The ride can become less comfortable when the pavement becomes impaired, but control is seldom affected.