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2010 Mercury Mariner

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2010 Mercury Mariner Review

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Compared to the somewhat rugged look of the Ford Escape, the Mercury Mariner – recently redesigned with new sheetmetal and a fresh interior – offers a more upscale, urban take on the small SUV. Although the two vehicles are mechanically identical, the 2010 Mariner's exterior clearly sets it apart from the Escape in both looks and image. Among its strong points is the powertrain line-up, with a new 2.5-liter four-cylinder, an optional V6 and an available hybrid version. The Mariner is a worthy alternative to the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and Chevrolet Equinox, and could be well worth the price for those looking for a compact SUV with unique styling and an available hybrid powertrain.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're in the market for a small SUV and would like the option of a V6 engine or hybrid powertrain, and with more refined styling than the Ford Escape, the 2010 Mercury Mariner would be worth a look.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you're looking to seat more than five, the 2010 Mercury Mariner does not offer the option of a third-row seat.

What's New for 2010

The 2010 Mercury Mariner places an emphasis on increased safety this year, offering an available blind spot mirror for improved blind spot visibility, MyKey programmable key, a rear view monitor and SYNC 911 assist with traffic updates, direction and information assist. Also new is Active Park Assist, which uses sonar guidance and the vehicle's electric power steering to assist with parallel parking maneuvers.

Driving the Mariner

Driving Impressions The Mariner's 2.5-liter four-cylinder base engine delivers strong low-end torque combined with good fuel economy to create a very livable daily driver. The standard six-speed automatic operates effortlessly and helps...

the Mariner see improvements in both performance and fuel economy. Handling is best described as respectable, but not as tight or confident as experienced in more car-like utility vehicles, such as the Honda CR-V or Nissan Rouge. The electric-assist power steering system delivers good steering response and eliminates the need for a belt-driven pump, which draws power from the engine.

Reverse Sensing System
Although the Mariner is small and easy to maneuver in tight parking situations, this feature is still very helpful for peace of mind.

AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control
Other vehicles in its class offer a stability system, but the Mariner's AdvanceTrac uses a secondary roll-rate sensor, along with automatically and selectively applying the brakes and reducing engine power, to help reduce the chances of a roll-over.

2010 Mercury Mariner Details
2010 Mercury Mariner photo Interior

Over the years Mercury has continued to make major improvements to the Mariner's interior and the result is lavish, yet tasteful interior that far exceed the Mariner's price point. Depending on the trim level, the seats are available in a monochromatic color scheme or two-toned with Alcantara suede inserts. The standard "top-of-dash" display, which shows radio, climate control readout and temperatures both inside and out, promotes safety and convenience by being positioned at eye level. The radio and climate controls are arranged in what Mercury calls the new "poke through" configuration; the buttons and knobs are raised rather than flush, replacing the "brick" design from the previous generation.

Exterior
2010 Mercury Mariner photo

The 2010 Mercury Mariner benefits from a recent redesign that included bolder front and rear fascias, new head and taillamps and a signature waterfall grille that has bigger spacing between the bars. The new roof panel has recessed channels that reduce noise in the cabin as well as horizontal ribbing that strengthens the chassis.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

In base form, the 2010 Mercury Mariner comes standard with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, six-speed automatic transmission, 16-inch alloy wheels, speed-sensitive Electric Power Assist Steering system, Ford's AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control (RSC), anti-lock brakes (ABS) and Safety Canopy side-curtain airbags. Creature comforts include rear defroster, power mirrors, power windows, power door locks, cruise control, fog lamps, keyless keypad entry system, steering-wheel mounted audio controls, air conditioning, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, an auxiliary input jack, SIRIUS Satellite Radio capability and a single-CD/MP3 player with four speakers.

Optional Equipment

Options vary by trim and include an Audiophile sound system, DVD-based navigation with 10GB hard drive storage and rear-view camera, the SYNC in-car communication and entertainment system (standard on Premier and Hybrid), a six-disc in-dash CD player, power moonroof, premium leather seating, Reverse Sensing System, Active Park Assist, MyKey, 17-inch wheels, roof rack with crossbars, ambient lighting, heated side mirrors, six-way power driver's seat, a lockable wet storage compartment, heated front seats, rear seat entertainment system, integrated side steps, remote start and a full-size spare.

Under the Hood

The 2010 Mercury Mariner employs a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with variable valve timing to achieve an impressive EPA rating of 28 mpg highway and 22 mpg city. The larger 3.0-liter V6 was updated last year with a higher compression ratio and added an additional 40 horsepower. The 3.0-liter provides better acceleration and the ability to tow up to 3,500 pounds, but its city fuel economy ratings only reach the high teens. Those looking for maximum fuel economy should opt for the hybrid powertrain, which uses the same all-new 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine mated to an electric motor. Unlike its Ford twin, the Mariner does not offer a manual transmission.

2.5-liter in-line 4
171 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
171 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/28 (FWD), 20/26 (4WD)

3.0-liter V6
240 horsepower @ 6550 rpm
223 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4300 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/25 (FWD, gasoline), 14/19 (FWD, E85), 18/23 (4WD, gasoline), 13/17 (4WD, E85)

2.5-liter four-cylinder with electric motor
153 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
94 horsepower @ 5000 (electric motor)
136 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 34/31 (2WD), 30/27 (AWD)

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2010 Mercury Mariner Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.6
Out of 10

Based on 135 Ratings for the 2008 - 2011 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.8/10
    Quality
    8.7/10
  • Reliability
    9.0/10
    Performance
    8.5/10
  • Comfort
    8.7/10
    Styling
    8.9/10

Best vehicle I ever owned

By on Thursday, July 24, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 68,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Fun to drive and plenty of power when you want it"

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

"My 2009 Mercury Mariner has never failed me. In the years I have owned the car I have replaced the battery once and had regular maintenance performed on the car. Will be driving this car when I pass. Carry my electric wheelchair most of the time and still get about 23 MPH. Best car I ever owned."

Has all anyone needs - very comfortable for SUV

By on Thursday, July 24, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 106,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great Family Vehicle"

Cons: "Ford stopped making them after 2012"

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

"excellent ride, excellent gas mileage, plenty of storage, very reliable, minimum maintenance. My original muffler & tires lasted more than 92,000 miles. NO RUST ANYWHERE!"

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Wonderful SUV

By on Tuesday, July 22, 2014

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
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Responsive engine and handling. Good gas mileage"

Cons: "Not a smooth ride, truck-like qualities"

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

"This has been an excellent SUV. It is my 2nd Mariner. Too bad Ford is not making them anymore. The new Ford Escape doesn't even come close to this SUV in every respect."

a great car

By on Sunday, July 20, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 64,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "enjoyed this car, great for hauling stuff"

Cons: "none"

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

"silver with black leather interior there is an extended warranty on this vehicle up to 90.000 miles all new tires this. I have kept this car clean and oil changed every 5k."

Best Small SUV For The Money

By on Wednesday, July 02, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 21,400

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"Love the car, it's the best I ever owned. I purchased it new in 2010 for the fuel economy and cargo room that it has and I was going to be needing in the future. The space is great but now 4 years later I may need to sell due to special equipment needed for a family member. The special equipment needed now might not fit into this vehicle because company A that now makes the equipment bought out company B and discontinued company B's equipment that would have fit into this vehicle. All in all outside of this reason which is one of a personal nature; it's the best vehicle I ever owned. If I have to part with this vehicle I'm going to be disappointed because I do really like this vehicle."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Watch out for transmission

By on Friday, June 13, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 50,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Very comfortable, decent MPG, not lacking power"

Cons: "Bumpy ride, transmission issues"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"We bought this car, and overall we have had a good experience with it. Soft seats make up for the somewhat bumpy ride, but it is a comfy car. No need for the V6, our 4-cylinder works perfectly fine. It can take a lot of wear and tear, we have a five year old mariner that is still in good condition. However, we did experience a transmission problem, that had to be repaired."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

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