This is my first SUV, coming from sports cars or performance cars. I needed the extra cargo area and more space for my 2 kids. The Mariner solved all of that for me. Spacious rear seats for the kids, decent cargo space and good space for driver and front passenger. My Mariner has all the bells and whistles so it's hard to say what great things they thought of. I like the center console and cup holders. Good acceleration for a 6 cylinder. Gets good gas mileage (18-20 about for me). Our family prefers to drive in this car vs. my wife's Honda Odyssey.
Bought this when planning a trip to DC. Seemed comfortable enough on the test drive, but found out after a few hours on the road that there is no lumbar support. Ended up shoving some small pillows behind my lower back to relieve some of the tension. Also, the tires were very loud. When I got it checked at the tire shop, I was told that they had never been rotated and were worn to the inside. Nice for a road trip, huh?
2008 Mercury MarinerCARSAVVY - , 02/14/2013
I've had my Mercury Mariner two months, and I like the inside space, the quality of the materials, the location of the instrumentation, and the ease of handling on the road. It's a 6 cyl. so I get good mileage, and even some oomph in the power department. The only thing that I wish would have been improved is the suspension; this one is a little bit stiff. Bets of all, my wiffe likes its looks.
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