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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.

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 124 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
    9.3/10

Good all around SUV, beware of transmission issues

By on Tuesday, June 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 120,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "A good value, comfortable, good looks"

Cons: "Transmission a known defect, lacks space"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"I generally like the Mountaineer. It drives nicely and is comfortable to ride in. It seats 7 people comfortably, but is seriously lacking in grocery space with the third row seat upright. Our Nissan Quest was a MUCH better utility vehicle for a family on the go, but a maintenance nightmare. The Mountaineer's transmission started acting strangely at about 50,000 miles, and by 62,000 was completely shot. It is a KNOWN DEFECT on the 5R55 transmission. I suggest you research it before you buy."

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Comfortable, Dependable and Reliable

By on Sunday, June 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 68,500

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
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

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

"This is the first Mercury Mountaineer that I've owned and it is everything I thought it would be. We have driven my Mountaineer on every family vacation over the past five years and the rida has been great everytime. I would definitely recommend buying this vehicle for anyone in the market for a SUV."

4 people out of 8 found this review helpful

This is the best vehicle I have owned!

By on Thursday, June 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 149,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Reliable, great in Michigan weather, comfortable"

Cons: "DVD system plays through the main speakers"

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

"I have owned several vehicles including coupes, sedans, other SUVs and even pick-ups and this is by far the best vehicle I have ever owned. I bought my Mountaineer in 2008 with 14,000 miles on it and have enjoyed her ever since. When I visited the dealership in 2008 I was actually looking to buy a Ford Edge and was very pleasantly surprised when I test drove the Mountaineer, which lead me to buy it instead. We have 2 children and with the 3rd row up or down, we have plenty of room for all of us and our junk too. I would recommend this vehicle to anyone that loves comfort, space and beauty in an SUV."

4 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Great vehicle, well maintained, thoroughly cleaned

By on Thursday, June 04, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 35,000

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: "Great car for a family with DVD system-not used"

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

"Extras include vent shades, hood deflector, f&r flaps, weather tech premium mats, car starter-very clean as always washed especially during winter use to maintain finish."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

First vehicle in over 27 years I wanted to keep.

By on Monday, October 20, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100,000

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
6/10

Pros: "Great car for dog shows or running grandkids."

Cons: "would love better gas mileage"

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

"First vehicle in over 27 years I've liked enough and wanted to keep with over 100,000 miles on it. Just purchased another 36,000 mile warranty for it."

13 people out of 20 found this review helpful

Comfort and All Wheel Drive GOES GREAT IN SNOW !!!

By on Sunday, September 07, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 71,000

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
10/10

Pros: "Great value"

Cons: "4.0 6 cyclinder motor has good power and 24 mpg"

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

"Comfort with lots of room and always goes in even the deepest snow. Best vehicle I ever owned for Winter and rain."

6 people out of 12 found this review helpful

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