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2011 Mercury Mariner

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2011 Mercury Mariner Review

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The Mercury Mariner is based on the Ford Escape, and both suffer from bodywork that comes from a time when small SUVs aped their larger counterparts. More-recently released vehicles in this class are car-like crossovers. While the Mercury Mariner and Ford Escape are mechanically identical, the Mariner is a more upscale, urban take on the small SUV. Both vehicles feature a varied powertrain lineup, with four-cylinder, V6 and hybrid power offerings. Given that the Mercury brand is being shuttered and the Escape is soon to be redesigned, small SUV buyers might be better served by the likes of the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, Chevrolet Equinox, Kia Sportage or Hyundai Tucson. However, we are still fond of the Mercury Mariner's efficient hybrid model.

You'll Like This Car If...

Buyers looking for the space and utility of a small SUV while demanding frugal fuel economy will be well served by the 2011 Mercury Mariner Hybrid.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you regularly carry more than five passengers, look elsewhere. Some will not like the fact that there will no longer be Mercury dealers to service their Mariners, though Ford stores will fill that role.

What's Significant About This Car?

The Mercury Mariner gets no changes for its last, short run. Ford Motor Company plans to shut down the Mercury brand by the end of 2010.

Driving the Mariner

Driving Impressions The 2011 Mercury Mariner's 171-horsepower base engine provides strong low-end torque for quick starts but still records 28 miles per gallon in the government's highway driving test. The standard six-speed...

automatic transmission is well matched to the engine. It's tuned for fuel economy but delivers responsive downshifts when the driver needs acceleration. Despite the looks, handling isn't truck-like and sluggish. However, it isn't as tight or as confident as more car-like competitors such as the Honda CR-V or Nissan Rouge. The electric-assist power steering system offers a responsive, natural feel while aiding fuel economy by eliminating the losses associated with a belt-driven hydraulic pump.

Reverse Sensing System
The Mercury Mariner is small for an SUV and fairly easy to maneuver in tight spaces, but it's still rather tall. This safety feature helps drivers detect unseen objects behind them.

Hybrid System
For urban commuters, the combination of the Mariner Hybrid's 34 miles per gallon EPA rating and large interior is hard to beat.

2011 Mercury Mariner Details
Interior

The 2011 Mercury Mariner's interior is a step above that of the Ford Escape. While it features some nice touches, more recent Ford Motor Company cabins boast better materials. We are impressed with the available two-tone seats with Alcantara suede inserts. The "top-of-dash" display is easy to read because it's positioned at eye level. The display shows radio, climate control readout and temperatures both inside and out. The radio and climate controls are also easy to use. With its upright styling, the Mariner has plenty of room for five passengers and a useful cargo hold. The second-row seats fold down in a 60/40 split.

Exterior

With its upright styling, the 2011 Mercury Mariner looks like a smaller version of a two-generations-old Ford Explorer or Mercury Mountaineer. The look is a bit softer than its Escape sibling, thanks to Mercury's signature waterfall grille. More modern crossovers sit lower and look more car-like.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2011 Mercury Mariner comes in three trim levels: base, the up-level Premier, and the Hybrid. Standard mechanical equipment on the base model includes a 171-horsepower, 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, speed-sensitive Electric Power Assist Steering, and 16-inch alloy wheels. Amenities include fog lamps, keyless keypad entry, a four-speaker AM/FM/CD stereo, an auxiliary input jack, and satellite radio capability. Safety features consist of dual front airbags, Safety Canopy side-curtain airbags, tire-pressure monitor, Ford's AdvanceTrac stability control with Roll Stability Control (RSC), and anti-lock brakes, all features either specifically required by government regulations or needed to pass government tests. The up-level Mariner Premier and Mariner Hybrid get a six-disc in-dash CD player, an Audiophile sound system, a DVD-based navigation system with 10-gigabytes of hard-drive storage, MyKey, and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system.

Optional Equipment

With a limited number of Mercury Mariners still available you probably will have little choice, but options included a power moonroof, ambient lighting, heated front seats, a six-way power driver's seat, heated side mirrors, remote start, roof rack with crossbars, a lockable wet storage compartment, integrated side steps and 17-inch wheels. Safety options consist of a rear backup camera, a Reverse Sensing System, and Active Park Assist.

Under the Hood

The Mercury Mariner's base powerplant is a 171-horsepower, four-cylinder engine. Variable valve timing helps it achieve impressive ratings of 22 miles per gallon in the government's city driving test and 28 miles per gallon in the highway test. The available 3.0-liter V6 provides better acceleration and the ability to tow up to 3,500 pounds, but the tradeoff is rather poor fuel economy. We're impressed by the effective hybrid system, which uses a version of the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine mated to an electric motor. The hybrid provides both plenty of pep and compact car fuel economy. Unlike its Ford Escape sibling, the Mercury Mariner doesn't 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: 21/28 (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
155 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
94 horsepower @ 5000 rpm (electric motor)
136 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 34/31 (2WD), 30/27 (AWD)

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2011 Mercury Mariner Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.5
Out of 10

Based on 130 Ratings for the 2008 - 2011 models.

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

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."

1 person out of 1 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

This is my favorite vehicle in over 20 years...

By on Tuesday, May 27, 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
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fun to drive, comfortable, easy"

Cons: "Price was higher than I wanted to pay but bought"

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

"This is a wonderful car - more roomy than the 2010 Escape I had; leather seats make all the difference and I enjoy the power sunroof. Very convenient, classy looking, and roomy."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Great value for a premium model

By on Wednesday, February 19, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 19,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
Not Rated

Pros: "for a $30,000 car 4wd, it is a great car"

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

Premium leather through out interrior beautiful white spotless body

"I bought this new in 2009 off the lot. At first I was not sure about full time 4WD, but after running in the worst of weather here in the north I see it's worth. This has only 19000 miles and is garaged all the time. If you want a new car that is 5 years old, you best answer this add."

8 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Premium leather through out interrior beautiful white spotless body

Best vehicle I have owned!

By on Friday, February 14, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 44,000

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
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Excellent Vehicle all around!"

Cons: "Nothing to mention!"

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

"I have had Ford Vehicle's since 1960---some were not as good as others, I have had Mercury Mariner since 2006 second in 2009, then they discontinue mercury--I would have purchased another!---For the life of me I cannot understand why they stopped making a excellent vehicle."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Best vehicle I have ever owned.

By on Friday, December 13, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Smooth comfortable ride with good power"

Cons: "average to below average gas mileage"

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

"Great car. Very smooth and comfortable ride. Plenty of cargo space, and great power. The only draw back is it doesn't get great gas mileage."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

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