This is my third Exploer / Mountaineer and the new suspension is not an improvement over the previous. The ride is too stiff. You will feel every bump, pothole and defect in the road. If you only go the the corner grocery, the truck is fine. Any trips longer than 15- 20 minutes, look elsewhere for transportation. This Mountaineeer stays parked in the Driveway. I am now driving my 12 year old pickup daily.
Love this SUV. Have taken on 2 trips this summer
Plenty of room and comfort. Averaged over 20 mpg
on the highway. Very luxuruious and loaded with
all the options. The nav system is very cumbersome. We ended up using a garmin unit from one of our other vehicles. Love the i-pod hook up to the stereo system. Only wish so far is that there was more room on console to store personal items and not have to put them in the compartment on the console.
The vehilce rides and drives nice. My daughters all want to drive it everywhere.
I love my Mariner. It has everything I want and nothing I don't need. My only complaints are: the back windows don't go all the way down, the glove compartment is very small, the vanity mirrors are not lighted, and the silver finish (around cup-holders and knobs, etc) can scratch. It comes with a 6 CD player and MP3 plug-in and a front and rear charger (for gps, cellphone). I like that the seat fabric is black and low-key...most fabrics are tacky and loud. This Red is gorgeous....I LOVE it! When I first test drove it ....it felt a little rough but I had been driving a Ford Explorer for several years (worth twice as much due to all the bells and whistles), but this is a smaller SUV, so you really can't compare the two. After a few days, I didn't notice a difference. Ford Escapes, Mazda Tributes and Mercury Mariners are all basically the same vehicle with a different name and minor finish differences.
Big bang for your buck - hope my 2008 Mariner lasts for ever!