Mariner gets great gas mileage on average 24.5. Ride is comfortable but a little noisy from outside air. Plenty of interior room as long as you only are carrying 4. Plenty of cargo room for groceries but not good if you need to hall much more unless you fold down rear seat which is cumbersome. You have to take the head rests off to fold it down. I am a do it yourself er and can be inconvenient. Only mechanical problem has been a vibration in the accelerator pedal between 3 & 4 gear but is occasional. I noticed the same problem on a loaner car while in shop for problem. I figured it is just something I will have to get used to unless the transmission starts to slip.
I was looking for a crossover SUV and found a great package with the Mercury Mariner Premier. The interior is very nice with leather seats, ambient lighting, sunroof, etc. Drives wonderfully. Very quiet. I love the Sync system except that I find it wants to sync with anyone that gets in the car and has that option on their device as well. I like that I can charge my iphone by plugging in the USB cable but cannot let anyone connect that way because it will sync to their device. This can easily be solved by purchasing an actual car charger for the phone. I have been having a few difficulties with the Bluetooth. Many people say that they either cannot hear me or that they hear a high pitched noise in the background. Not sure if this is a fault of mine or the car yet though. All in all, very satisfied!
I decided I needed to move from a sports car to an SUV and have always been a Ford girl. While doing some research I happened upon the 4 wheel drive Mercury Mariner. I am so happy with it! It is comfortable, roomy, versatile and has a ton of options! I am so addicted to the SYNC system and love the fact that my family can watch movies while we're traveling. The engine with its 6 speed transmission has some great power and I'm never left behind in traffic. The fact that I can easily tow our hunting trailer and carry the kayak on the roof was a major selling feature. I am thrilled!