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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 116 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

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."

4 people out of 7 found this review helpful

best vehicle I have had!

By on Saturday, September 06, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 175,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "comfortable and easily managed"

Cons: "maybe a little larger storage area in back"

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

"Due to having high mileage I neede another car. I would have went with another mountineer again but they are no longer made : ( this has been an excellent suv and kept service updates. Anytime a light comes on in my car the dealership gets a call. All in all I would rate my experience with the mercury mountianeer 100."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Great family car

By on Friday, August 29, 2014

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

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
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Quietness of cabin, smooth ride, comfortable"

Cons: "Position of handle to close the door"

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

"I bought my mountaineer almost nine years ago one week before my first child was born now 3 kids later and 3 moves. This SUV has handled everything we have thrown at it. From hauling trailers to kids and all their gear. I just kept all the maintenance up at the dealer and it has run like a champ. I'm thinking of buying a Navigator when we upgrade in a couple of years since they don't make mercurys any more. I would recommend this car to any one searching for a car to grow their family in."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Most fun truck ever

By on Thursday, June 05, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 70,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "alot of fun to drive"

Cons: "uses gas"

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

"Its been a complete pleasure to own this truck.. Smooth ride and extremely reliable. Beautiful looking truck."

9 people out of 13 found this review helpful

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."

3 people out of 8 found this review helpful

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."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

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