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2008 Mercury Mariner Consumer Reviews

Unexpected pleasure

By on Saturday, March 24, 2012

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 29,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought my Mariner based on price. I was not in love with it when I picked it up, but it really grew on me. First, it has one of the most comfortable interiors of any small SUV on the market. Mine is the 2.5 liter 4 cyl AWD model and when new I could only get 26 mpg on the highway, but now I see 28 mpg on a regular basis. A month after picking it up I had to drive through a major winter storm and was amazed at how the Mariner coped with the slick snow and ice. My experience had always been in Part Time 4 Wheel Drive trucks, where you either had to pull a lever or at least push a button to engage. The lack of such a button and and indication that AWD was engaged caused a little unease, but I made that 2 hour drive through the worst winter storm I had ever experienced with no slip or slide. It may not be cutting edge styling, but comfortable and capable with very decent economy have really proven the Mariner's worth. Heated Leather seats, moonroof, nice stereo and SYNC add all the extra near luxury touches for a very reasonable price"

15 people out of 15 found this review helpful

Best Overall Small SUV - 21st centrury Jeep

By on Tuesday, September 11, 2012

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 45,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Power/MPG/Interior/4WD/SYNC/Towing"

Cons: "Road noise & GET 09' OR NEWER FOR 6SPD TRANS"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Bought this SUV to save on gas (had a 13mpg truck). But didn't want to compromise 4WD or space for fam. I was skeptical at 1st but this thing is great. V6 has 240HP & I GET 25MPG OVERALL(21-22city/26-27hwy) w/4WD! The fold flat seats offer good hauling options, it tows 3500lbs, interior impresses, SYNC is nice, great safety. Sure it's not as manly a Full-size truck, but it pleases hauling my friends around to the bar(great sound system/ambient lights), keeps me happy when I travel to mills/plants for work(MPG/USB port for MP3/storage for equipment)& it keeps my family comfortable & safe in OH winters (4WD/stability control). That's manly enough for me."

12 people out of 12 found this review helpful

Convenient, Practical, Affordable!

By on Monday, August 23, 2010

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

"I bought my 2009 Voga edition Mariner in the Spring of '09 new and it is actually my second one! I leased a 2006 for 3 years and then looked for an Escape but I never could find one that was fully loaded with 2WD. I did my research both online and test driving Honda CRV's, Jeep Liberty's, and Subaru Foresters but nothing was as stylish and roomy as the Escape/Mariner, plus I feel in love with Sync. I found the Voga edition which has creme-colored leather seats and black trim and it's super stylish and classy looking. 1.5 years later it still looks brand new inside. After recently riding in my best friend's CRV for a roadtrip I can't believe how much she paid for that car (with a 4 cylinder) the way it bumps around, and how cheap it looks inside. Ford has really really really stepped it up with this generation, I think they finally realized the details matter. The features I use everyday are the dual climate control, the reverse sensors, the Sync system, the door number pad for entry and the easy to lay down (FLAT!) rear seats which are great for pets and hauling large objects. I am so happy with my car because it fits my life style and doesn't include a ridiculous Japanese price tag. I can't think of one thing to change except a bigger glove compartment..."

12 people out of 12 found this review helpful

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