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2009 Mercury Mountaineer

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2009 Mercury Mountaineer Review

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Although the 2009 Mercury Mountaineer may look like a high-end premium SUV, it's actually a stylish version of the rugged Ford Explorer. Mercury's twist, which includes a heavy dose of its trademark vertical-line styling and heavy chrome accents, dresses up the vehicle to near-Lincoln levels of luxury. Best of all, the Mountaineer retains all the beneficial features of the Explorer, including seven-passenger seating, a rugged body-on-frame architecture and all-wheel-drive capability. Toss in the standard Safety Canopy side-curtain airbags and a long list of luxury and entertainment features, and the Mountaineer looks to be quite a bargain.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you like everything about the Ford Explorer, but you'd like to own a vehicle with a little more distinction, the 2009 Mercury Mountaineer may be quite appealing.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Those who need to tow a trailer may find the Mountaineer with the V6 engine to be underpowered. Compared to some newer mid-size SUVs, the Mountaineer's interior can feel slightly narrow. Also, side airbag coverage does not fully extend to cover the third-row seat glass.

What's New for 2009

Other than some minor repackaging and trim upgrades, there are no major changes for 2009.

Driving the Mountaineer

Driving Impressions On the road, the 2009 Mercury Mountaineer delivers on all points. Its independent rear suspension provides it with great stability while cornering and the variable-rate power steering returns excellent feedback...

to the driver. The ride is as soft and controlled as any full-size sedan, and the Mountaineer's cockpit is amazingly quiet and rattle-free. Mercury has spent considerable time and money in an effort to reduce noise, vibration and harshness, and the payoff is evident. The Mountaineer also has an impressive array of safety features, with crumple zones in the front fenders, three-point seat belts at all positions and a side-curtain airbag system that deploys to cover seventy-five percent of the side glass area.
Favorite Features

Reverse Sensing System
The optional Reverse Sensing System alerts you to objects behind the vehicle that are out of the range of the rearview mirror.

Safety Canopy Airbag System
The Mountaineer's standard Safety Canopy airbag system protects first- and second-row passengers in the event of a rollover or side collision.

2009 Mercury Mountaineer Details
2009 Mercury Mountaineer photo Interior

The Mountaineer's interior is beautifully arranged, with high-quality plastics and an intelligent dash design that features new audio and climate controls. The available power-adjustable pedals are most helpful in finding a comfortable driving position. Second-row passengers have good leg and headroom, but the third row is narrow and low to the floor, making long trips uncomfortable for adults. This year's VOGA trim package adds even more style, offering an abundance of chrome exterior trim and cashmere leather seating.

Exterior

The 2009 Mercury Mountaineer takes the rugged good looks of the Explorer and stamps Mercury's new styling theme on its sheet metal. Features such as the retractable running boards and the external keypad lock/unlocking system are unique in this segment and help bolster the Mountaineer's sophisticated image. Some may find the Mountaineer's tall step-in height and roof a bit of a challenge, especially when trying to access items secured to the roof rack. From the waterfall grille and the unique side cladding to the ribbed tail lamps, the Mountaineer places a different but attractive spin on a familiar platform.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The entry-level Mountaineer provides a long list of standard equipment, including a V6 engine, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, SecuriLock passive anti-theft system, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), two-row side-curtain airbags, rear defroster, power windows, power locks, dual-heated power mirrors, illuminated entry with remote and driver's door keypad, fog lights, automatic headlamps, AM/FM stereo with CD, power driver's seat with manual lumbar support, cruise control, tire pressure monitor, 17-inch machined-aluminum wheels and a rear wiper/washer.

Optional Equipment

Options include a 4.6-liter V8 engine, all-wheel drive, power-adjustable pedals, power glass moonroof, voice-activated navigation, heated windshield, Reverse Sensing System, power folding third-row seats, rear-seat DVD entertainment system, Audiophile sound system, SYNC hands-free communication system, heated leather seats, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, second-row quad bucket seating, power-extendable running boards and an automatic garage door opener.

Under the Hood

Acceleration and passing power are adequate with the V6, but you won't want to be towing a very big trailer with this engine. The V8 is the powerplant of choice. Its three-valve-per-cylinder design helps create lots of torque and it runs very smoothly. Conventional wisdom might assume the V6-powered Mountaineer is more frugal than the V8 version, but thanks to a six speed automatic transmission, the V8 actually earns better EPA fuel economy ratings.

4.0-liter V6
210 horsepower @ 5100 rpm
254 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3700 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/20 (2WD), 13/19 (AWD)

4.6-liter V8
292 horsepower @ 5700 rpm
315 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/21 (2WD), 14/19 (AWD)

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2009 Mercury Mountaineer Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.0
Out of 10

Based on 111 Ratings for the 2006 - 2010 models.

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  • Value
    9.1/10
    Quality
    9.2/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    9.2/10
  • Comfort
    9.4/10
    Styling
    9.4/10

Its a race horse.

By on Monday, April 07, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000

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
9/10

Pros: "You just feel very connected, and safe"

Cons: "Perilli Tires, junk! swapped to Bridgestone"

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

"I love everything but the Seat, it has the High end German seat feel, Stiff. But this SUV is awsome. it's our extra Truck, I work in a high crime location and just dont want to loose it. But it has by far been the best buy I have ever made. it's almost 5 years old now and she turns heads everyplace we go. we have returned from a dinner and found notes more than once wondering if we would sell."

Quality Vehicle

By on Saturday, February 22, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 110

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Handles well, Comfortable seating.. highway good"

Cons: "15 city GPS u have to pay 200 to update"

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

"I love my mountaineer. my SUV has a very smooth ride. No noise, it starts up smoothly. Very Roomy. I have people with long legs sit in the third row comfortably. My Daughter in-Law has two kids. We fit 2 car seats and room for an average person to sit or 2 kids. I always keep up with my service and every time I take it in, I always here your car runs very smoothly. I have taken it to New York 3x and did very well on the gas. Left with a full tank and filled up between VA and MD and filled up again in NJ. Draw back. I don't like the fact any time you want to upgrade the GPS it cost 200 dollars. So I use my cell phone and Garmin."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Awesome First Day of Loving It

By on Saturday, August 17, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 102,000

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: "Power, luxurious appeal, comfort, DVD player"

Cons: "gas mileage"

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

"We just got this SUV on a whim today trading in our 2000 Dodge Grand Caravan (166831 miles) for this. I've been looking to trade in her minivan since the day I married her. We have been looking around & she wanted an SUV with third row seating, luxury feel & ride inside & out, & a 4-wheel drive or AWD for safe driving all year round. I came across this SUV on my way to work last night & noticed this was the vehicle for her/us. The SUV definitely drives like a car for its size. It gives a smooth ride with amazing power at 292 HP. The parking assist is awesome which will be great for my wife & the handling is nice. There's this sense of feeling like royalty owning a luxurious vehicle with minimum maintenance bills. It's a 4.6L V8 Premier model with navigation, 6-disc CD changer, third row electric folding seats, heated & cooled leather seats, a sunroof, parking assist, & a DVD player. This will definitely be the family vehicle & workhorse for years to come with our growing family as well as hauling the church youth. Despite the gas mileage not being all that great, you can't beat the luxuriousness, safety, reliability, & comfort of this SUV."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Works like an SUV/Truck, Drives like a car

By on Tuesday, July 02, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 76,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Good looking, fun to drive, feel safe."

Cons: "Average mpg is 15. Had to have the trany replaced."

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

"This vehicle is spacious, comfortable and versatile. The turning radius is excellent - better than some cars - which makes parking and maneuvering and handling a breeze! Both sets of rear seats have plenty of leg room. I have electric 3rd row seating, which makes it very easy to convert the cargo space to seating space. Interior door handles are unique, and everyone who's ridden in it has commented on how cool they are. There are separate heat/ac vents for both back and rear row seats and cup holders all the way around. Passenger seating has duel climate control feature. I have leather seats and have added seat heaters for the front two seats, adding extra comfort. When the back seats are folded down, the cargo space is huge. I've loaded crazy things in the back of my Mountaineer and have never had to leave a store or garage sale without getting everything in it. When the third row seats are up storage space is limited, so would advise using the roof rack for a container if you're going to be hauling anything around with the third row in use. To give you an example, there's not enough to store a modern baby stroller behind the third row. I'm totally happy with my Mountaineer and am sad that I might have to trade it in for something with a lower payment and better gas mileage (job issue, not car issue)."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Love It

By on Tuesday, April 02, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 105,000

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: "comfortable to drive, feel safe, beautiful, classy"

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

"I purchased a mercury mountaineer which im very small and petite and its pretty big compared to me. At first I was scared to test drive it because of the overwhelming size of it. On my test drive, I fell in love with it. Not only is it a gorgeous vehicle but I have never been more comfortable driving something in my life. Im 100 lbs and 5'3 and get the funniest looks when people see this little person stepping out of this huge vehicle but for me, my mountaineer handles so much better than any small car I have ever driven. It turns so tight around corners, its comfortable to drive, it stands out from the rest of the vehicles out there but in a way that it just looks classy, very expensive, and its comfortable above all else. I love my mountaineer and its a shame that Mercury is no longer around because this is the best vehicle, most comfortable, sharpest looking and the price is reasonable, and for me as little as I am, it drives wonderful. Im more comfortable driving my mountaineer as big as it is than driving any 4 door car. I have family, friends, strangers, and so on constantly complimenting me on what a beautiful vehicle my mountaineer is and many compare it to the Cadillac suv butthinking my mountaineer is a lot more beautiful, classier, and sharper. My mountaineer has a difference about it and there are certain aspects to the vehicle such as the inside door handles that nobody has ever seen before but once I help them figure out where the door handle is they rave about the uniqueness of it and how something so little makes my mountaineer in class of its own. Mercury needs to make a come back because after my mountaineer I would be a Mercury fan for life and all my friends, family, strangers, etc that have actually seen mine are all very intrigued and many of them would like to purchase a vehicle like mine now. I have never been more satisfied, happy, impressed, and just overall blown away by such a vehicle and the price is very fair for what you get."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

MOUNTAINEER

By on Friday, December 28, 2012

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 59,500

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "GREAT RIDE"

Cons: "EXPENSIVE TO KEEP ON THE ROAD"

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

"THIS CAR GIVES YOU AN AWESOME RIDE...IT IS BEAUTIFUL AND YOU FEEL LIKE ROYALTY DRIVING. EXCEPT, YOU NEED TO BE JZ AND BEYONCE TO AFFORD TO FILL THIS TANK UP EVERY OTHER DAY IN THE CITY. THIS CAR ABSOLUTELY STINKS ON GAS! I AM PAYING ALMOST $180.00 A WEEK IN GAS... ALL THAT GLITTERS IS NOT GOLD IT IS CASH OUT OF YOUR POCKET!!!!"

6 people out of 6 found this review helpful

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