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2009 Mercury Mariner Sport Utility Crossover

FWD 4dr I4 Premier

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2009 Mercury Mariner Sport Utility Crossover

Benefits of Driving a 2009 Mercury Mariner Sport Utility Crossover

The Mariner is a compact sport-utility vehicle that is mechanically similar--and nearly identically priced--to the Ford Escape, but with different interior and exterior styling and equipment details. Like the Escape, the Mariner is one of the boxier compact utility vehicles--with the styling of a traditional SUV--even though it has more road-friendly car-like mechanical underpinnings. It's also one of the more fuel-efficient small SUVs, more so this year with a standard engine that adds power while being more fuel-stingy. The available Sync system stands out as being better than any other communications interface available in the Mariner's class.

What's new for 2009?

After a rather extensive redesign for 2008, the Mercury Mariner gets several significant mechanical improvements for 2009, including a new 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic transmission that help the standard Mariner be both more powerful and more fuel-efficient. The optional V-6 also gets a 20-percent boost in power and improved fuel economy for 2009, and the Hybrid model gets a new

Model Strengths

  • Interior space
  • smooth ride
  • maneuverability
  • safety features
  • hybrid fuel economy

Model Review

The base engine on the Mariner is now a 171-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, combined with either a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission, while the available 240-horsepower, 3.0-liter V-6 comes solely with the six-speed automatic. Both engines have variable intake timing for improved response through the entire rev range without a sacrifice in fuel efficiency. Front-wheel drive is

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2009 Mercury Mariner Hybrid

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Not a cloud clots the vivid blue sky above Florida's Gold Coast in Fort Lauderdale as we troll the beach-bordered route A1A, South Atlantic Boulevard, driving at a snail's pace in the far right lane with traffic stacking up behind us.

Our slow-go intent is not to frustrate other motorists on the thoroughfare but to figure out exactly how high we might influence the miles-per-gallon fuel consumption numbers along a measured route while steering a new version of the hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) from Mercury. This HEV, looking elegant in a sculptured package with crisp lines and a distinctive prow trimmed in smooth satin-finish metal, is derived from Mercury's unibody-based Mariner crossover utility vehicle.

Its nameplate is self-explanatory -- Mariner Hybrid. The HEV looks virtually identical to a conventional Mariner as a four-door CUV for the compact class, although the two-box body shell effectively conceals a hybrid powertrain nestled below Mariner's squared front hood that's not conventional at all.

You see, there's not one but two motors aboard. There's a new fuel-efficient 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that sips gasoline plus a battery-powered electric traction motor of permanent-magnet design.

The electric motor is capable of propelling the wagon by itself, or it can work in concert with the gasoline engine to deliver a power boost that's equivalent to the kick of a V6.

An electronic control module aboard the wagon manages all energy produced by the two plants and applies it directly to the front wheels -- or to all four wheels for the optional all-wheel-drive (AWD) version -- in infinitely variable measures through an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission (eCVT).

Virtually silent at start-up with only the electric motor switching on, the Mariner Hybrid leaps forward on command with help from the electric motor, which can propel the wagon up to 25 mph. When more power is needed, a generator cranks up the gasoline engine in only a fraction of a second. At highway speeds the gas-drinking engine does most of the motivating, while in reverse gear it's the electric motor that handles all of the work, and the electric motor also serves as the primary plant in stop-and-go traffic on city streets where a gas engine is inefficient.

Power from the gasoline engine is utilized in two different ways. One portion of this energy is used to turn the wheels, while another portion powers an electric generator that runs the electric motor, which in turn sends the supplemental power to the wheels.

Stomp the accelerator to romp into a passing lane and the electric motor adds an extra boost, yet for such a heavy demand of power the operating energy for the motor comes directly from a bank of on-board batteries.

Internal recharging occurs either during braking, when the gas engine operates as a generator, or when the electric generator does the recharging job. Thus, a Mariner Hybrid never needs to be plugged in for recharging as would a purely electric vehicle. The new four-cylinder gasoline-fired plant, with dual overhead cams and intake variable cam timing (i-VCT) plus modifications for fuel-efficient combustion under the Atkinson-cycle concept, develops 153 hp at 6000 rpm plus torque of 136 lb-ft at 4500 rpm.

The 330-volt electric motor, tied to a nickel-metal hydride battery, kindles power measured in kilowatts, but it's the approximate equivalent of 94 hp at 5000 rpm.

Adding the hybrid technology to Mariner produces a CUV which earns uncommonly high fuel economy numbers but also dramatically pared tailpipe emissions such as unburned hydrocarbons (HC) and oxides of nitrogen (NOx).

Fuel economy figures rise to 34 mpg for running on city streets, and the reduced emissions qualify the wagon for the stringent Advanced Technology Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (AT-PZEV) standard.

Actually, Mariner Hybrid achieves better fuel efficiency when driving on city streets in start-and-stop traffic rather than when cruising at a swifter pace on a highway. That's because in city traffic with frequent stops the electric motor takes over more often. Our own fuel economy test, conducted over a 20-mile loop coursing through Fort Lauderdale, generates an impressively tall fuel consumption number -- 45 mpg.

The caveat is that we use every trick to conserve fuel, from putting a feather touch on the accelerator to coasting on downgrades and riding the brakes for battery recharging, and we become a nuisance in traffic due to our slow pace. For normal navigation in town traffic or at speed on a freeway, our drive brings lower numbers -- 32 mpg or so.

Still, such figures are well above the ratings of a Mariner with the conventional four-cylinder engine tied to a six-speed automatic transaxle -- it scores about 20 mpg for city driving and 26 mpg on the road. Adding optional AWD traction trims the fuel numbers on Mariner Hybrid, but not too much (29/27 mpg city/highway).

Mariner's AWD mechanism is a smart traction system that distributes power between front and rear wheels selectively as changing conditions of road or trail may warrant -- the intent is to maintain a firm tire grip no matter what happens on pavement or dirt.

The package design for Mercury's gas/electric CUV is fresh to forge a tougher look in a chiseled design with a sloping and stepped front hood, a high beltline and big wheels and tires as emphasized by flared wheel arches. A bold face features Mercury's vertical-bar grille in satin-finish metal and corner cluster headlamps set above tilting squares of foglamps planted in the fascia.

Regarding safety measures for the CUV, front riders have dual two-stage frontal air bags plus seatbelts with load-limiting retractors and buckle pretensioners, while in the rear there are anchors to tether a child's safety seat. Side-impact air bags mounted on outboard front seats and curtain-style air bags concealed in headliners above front and back rows are also on tap as new standard gear.

Equipment promoting active safety includes the quick all-electric power assist steering through a direct rack and pinion system and four-wheel disc brakes tied to an anti-lock brake system (ABS) plus the AdvanceTrac electronic stability control device with Roll Stability Control (RSC). Entry MSRP for Mariner Hybrid comes to $30,090.

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

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Traction/Stability Control Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

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Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
Rear Body Side Air Bag Std
Rear Head side Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Fog Lamps Std
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Std
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std

Accident Prevention

Rear Parking Aid Opt
Handsfree Wireless Std

Security

Anti-theft System Std
Telematics Std
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

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Mercury Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

Manufacturer's 7 years / 100,000 miles Powertrain Limited Warranty from original in-service date. 12-month/12,000-mile comprehensive limited warranty. See dealer for details. Rental Car Reimbursement $30/day.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 2009-2011 model years & less than 80,000 miles
Lease Term Certified Yes
Point Inspection 172
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $100

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