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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
8.6
Out of 10

Based on 142 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

Pretty nice with good milage

By on Sunday, February 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 30,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Good for saving gas"

Cons: "Agility"

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

"No big concern during 5 year driving, Good fuel economy. A little delayed response when I adds up speed."

2 people out of 7 found this review helpful

I love this car...absolutly no issues....

By on Sunday, December 14, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 41,500

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: "A fun car to own and drive..beautiful design too"

Cons: "No cons..wish it had a heated steering wheel"

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

"Great handling and manuverability...comfortable and great gas mileage...perfect size for everything...ive always loved the Mercury brand...my first car ever was a Mercury convertible....loyal to the brand...any Ford Motor product really..!!!!"

10 people out of 19 found this review helpful

Great vehicle- no issues in over 140000 miles!

By on Monday, November 24, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 143,000

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
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Outstanding gas mileage!"

Cons: "No sun roof"

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

"This fantastic vehicle has not needed a tuneup, or even a brake job in over 140,000 miles. Yes, I have had the oil and all filters changed religiously, but that's all it has ever needed. The engine does not even turn on until you hit 40MPH. Phenomenal on gasoline mileage! I love this vehicle, and only wish it had a sun roof. Other than that, no concerns. I am moving overseas, so I can not take it."

9 people out of 19 found this review helpful

Wish they still made these.

By on Friday, November 14, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 84,000

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

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

"I like everything about this SUV. Handles well and is comfortable even for long distances. I have had no issues with this vehicle."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

My lovely red ride.

By on Monday, October 20, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 4,300

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Fun to drive, smooth ride. Roof rack, storage good"

Cons: "No cons as far as I am concerned."

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

Bafore racks

"Absolutely love this vehicle and hate to part with it. I just need to downsize for personal reasons. Runs great, gives a smooth ride. Great vehicle. Love the sun roof, get good gas mileage. Have owned it since 2010 and have had no problems with it. Get regular checks, oil changes , tire rotations, etc. It has not gotten a lot of wear and tear as I have not driven it a lot because my dad picks me up in his car, I do not go to and fro work, just local driving. Will miss it terribly. Great sound system too."

12 people out of 25 found this review helpful

Bafore racks

Will NEVER buy an American car again!

By on Friday, September 05, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 10,100

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
2/10
Quality
3/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
3/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Good gas mileage"

Cons: "Noisy ride, cheap interior, no rear A/C standard."

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

"For over 20 years we had Nissan products and never had a problem with any of them. We also have a 2006 VW Jetta Diesel and that car has only had one recall and no mechanical problems. We traded our Murano in for the Mariner Hybrid because we needed something more fuel efficient and the Murano got TERRIBLE gas mileage (that's one thing that Nissan doesn't seem to care about). I looked at reviews of all Hybrid SUVs and the Mariner got very good marks out of the ones available in 2008. It was very difficult to find a car to test drive because dealerships at the time weren't stocking them, so you basically had to buy the car sight unseen. However, we lucked out and the dealership 2 miles from us had ONE on the lot. When we test drove it, we were not impressed with the interior even though it had the convenience packages and leather interior The door panels and the dash were all made out of cheap looking plastic. However, the ride was comfortable, and I have to say for an SUV, it gets around 25MPG in city driving. Where it has failed us is that last month, we received a recall in the mail for a mechanical failure on the power steering that could fail at any time without warning leaving the driver to deal with driving a heavy car with pure muscle. I was waiting to make a convenient appointment, when our neighbor knocked on the door and asked if we knew that the rear driver's seat window was down. I tried to bring it back up and could hear the motor whirring, but the window stayed in the down position. When I took it to the dealership for the recall, the technician explained to me that these electric windows have a scissor mechanism and the cables are steel, but the rotor is plastic and fails as it ages and gets brittle. OK, so $250 wasn't so bad. Yesterday (3 weeks after the first repair), I went to run some errands and pick up lunch on the way home. When I went to roll up the driver's window, it dropped! SAME problem! Since we have no garage and were expecting rain, I had to take it to the dealership and rent another car. I called FORD customer service and asked how I could complain about this and get some type of reimbursement for this faulty equipment. I was told there was nothing they could do, and there was no appeal process. The only thing I could do would be to write to FORD. I don't know why the other people rating this car love it so much. On the highway, it picks up road noise at an annoying level, has a very cheap looking interior for a $34,000 car, and at 6 years old is developing all kinds of rattles. That never happened with the Japanese cars we owned. I am disappointed - I though that the American auto makers had learned their lesson from the Japanese and other manufacturers, but I guess I was wrong. The double whammy is that it's worth 1/2 of what we paid for it when the engine compartment, interior, and exterior are still impeccable. The only defect is that someone had accidentally put a 3 inch scratch on the right side (fixed with touch-up paint and clearcoat), so it can't be rated as "perfect" condition. My VW Jetta which is a 2006 is worth almost as much and we only paid $23,000 for that one. I am done with Ford product. I have owned 3 Fords in my lifetime and they have all been pieces of junk."

12 people out of 25 found this review helpful

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