not a good car to own
And, that's strange, since the Mercury is, usually speaking, a higher-end vehicle than its Ford cousin. We had been looking at the Ford Escapes with less features, which were running about $2,000 or so more than this Mariner ended up being, even by adding a two-way power sunroof to what we got. However, I am surprised that the Mercury Mariner does not have mirror defrosters or an outside temperature reading on it. You can see that the temperature option is available, if you look closely at the digital readout in the top of the dash, but it was not a feature on our Mariner. It does take a little bit of time to heat the entire cabin in really cold weather, since there does not appear to be rear vents in it. I am also sort of surprised that the seating isn't a little more plush. The upholstery kind of reminds me of mid-line trucks with cloth seats, instead of a Mercury SUV. We have been getting pretty good mileage out of it with the 4 cylinder. My wife averages about 28.5mpg most days. Quite a bit of that is interstate driving but she still encounters some traffic with which to contend and still has that average. And, we don't really feel like we compromised on the power with the 4 cylinder engine. It's not like she does any towing, so it's had more than ample power for her needs. All-in-all though, my wife really likes her Mercury Mariner. I'm okay with it and think it beats the heck out of riding in a compact car, like she had before, where I felt as though my posterior was dragging the pavement going down the road. It sits us up quite a bit higher and gets her out of the road spray from tractor trailers in inclement weather.
Great car excellent value for the money - a great small SUV - I was looking for a small SUV and a vechicle that would be comfortable to commute to work with and have enough space for my scuba gear. When I saw the Mariner compared to the Escape was almost 2k less I jumped on board. There is a bit more road noise than I would like but its a small price to pay for a lot of room and a stylish ride.