A great mid-size, three row family hauler. Quiet interior, smooth ride, strong v8 engine. Great value and comfort for a large family without the huge size of a full size counter part. The only two complaints about this suv is the placement of the parking brake release and no telescopic steering wheel adjustment. This is my 2nd vehicle with Carmax - once again a happy customer.
I bought the V8 model used with 36K miles. It is spaceous, comfortable and has plenty of power. I have towed heavy machenery with no issues. I am averaging 14-15 miles per gallon city and 18-19 highway. The third set of seat comes in handy but when down, the back cargo space provides plenty of room.
2007 & 2009 Mercury Mountaineer Premier Owner. The third row seating is what drew me to stick with the mountaineer. There just aren't many vehicles who offer this option without being a V8 or other features. This SUV is not heavy or sluggish so it drives smoothly. The 2009's upgrades such as a USB port and the Sync System made it an even better winner. The only thing I totally hate about the 2009 model is the new design of the headrests...very uncomfortable. Other than that, this car has lots of bells and whitles that make for a great ride wether in town or long drives. CONS: Due to it being a narrow, high SUV there is some rocking that you have to be aware of if you plan to make sharp turns or go over bumps. I find that I am constantly getting front end alignments. The only major issues I had with my 2007 was wheel barring issues and the front bar was knocking so that had to be adjusted. Unfortunatley Mercury stopped making this car and Ford has redigned the Ford Explorer (which is the exact replica of the mountaineer) and I don't really like the new style of the Explorer. So now I guess I have a "classic" because they aren't making them anymore....smile.