Used 2011 Mercury Mariner SUV
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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.
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.
For urban commuters, the combination of the Mariner Hybrid's 34 miles per gallon EPA rating and large interior is hard to beat.
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.
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 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.
Notable 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)
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)
The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for a base 2011 Mercury Mariner is around $23,600. The all-wheel drive Premier model starts at around $27,400 and can reach $35,000 when fully loaded. The Hybrid model starts just over $30,000 and climbs to $31,800 with all-wheel drive. The Fair Purchase Price on kbb.com shows real-world transaction prices in your area, so be sure to check it out before you begin negotiating price and click the incentives tab to see any dealer incentives being offered. Kelley Blue Book expects the 2011 Mercury Mariner to hold an average resale value that is on par with the Chevrolet Equinox, but much lower than those of the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4. Surprisingly, the Hybrid holds nearly the same values as the V6 Premier models.
Mercury Mariner Consumer Reviews
November 22, 2017
My Favorite Purchase Yet!
I recently considered selling this vehicle, but I could not get myself to give her up with such low miles, custom green paint, she...
October 12, 2017
Solid comfortable vehicle
I have a 2009 Mercury Mariner with about 158,000 miles on it. Very comfortable car and very reliable. Only problems I had were...
May 28, 2017
Roomy great fuel economy w/Awd 58cu ft storage
This is the very best used or new vehicle I have ever owned period! My 08 Mercury Mariner Hybrid.. Real world gas mileage: 26city 32Hwy.
December 31, 2016
Best suv ever
My 09 v6 4wd mariner has 282k miles original drivtrain. Drives great, love the 4wd, sync. Big moonroof. Great on gas. This suv is...
September 24, 2016
Amazing First Vehicle!
This is the first vehicle that I have ever purchased on my own... and let me say that I LOVE this little SUV. It is reliable, I feel...
November 21, 2015
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...
September 14, 2015
Very nice for a small SUV
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...
June 23, 2015
This is by far my best vehicle ever.Over 50 yrs dr
This 2008 Mercury Mariner Hybrid is rated highly by me, the owner, because of my driving experience with this vehicle over the last...
June 22, 2015
I loved my Mariner! Too bad I can't get another.
It's a great car. A few maker issues at first, but after recall, no further issues.
May 14, 2015
I certainly enjoy this vehicle
It offers almost everything I desire in a vehicle