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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 New for 2011

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 147 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
    8.8/10
    Styling
    8.8/10

Great Vehicle

By on Saturday, November 21, 2015

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

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Very nice vechical on the hiway ."

Cons: "Holds the road well. Great fuel econy with the 4"

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

"Purchased this Mariner from my father in laws estate. It has always spent the winters in Florida. Only seen snow twice in its life. A true snow bird. lol All normal maint and oil changes done to date with reciepts."

9 people out of 17 found this review helpful

Very nice for a small SUV

By on Monday, September 14, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 90,000

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
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Don't really have any complaints with this vehicle. I wanted the size of a small SUV but with better gas mileage (previously owned a Chevy Blazer) and was extremely happy. It has become my family car with two kids and plenty of room. Mine had the optional 4 cylinder engine and the only complaint would be the power of the engine. But other than that, great car!"

6 people out of 13 found this review helpful

This is by far my best vehicle ever.Over 50 yrs dr

By on Tuesday, June 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 33,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great fuel economy reliable secure with Awd."

Cons: "no interior grab handles No hatch release button!"

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

"This 2008 Mercury Mariner Hybrid is rated highly by me, the owner, because of my driving experience with this vehicle over the last seven months."

8 people out of 22 found this review helpful

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."

10 people out of 16 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..!!!!"

14 people out of 29 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."

14 people out of 26 found this review helpful

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