Things have been kept simple in this relatively novel realm of hybrid SUVs. For now there is but one trim level of Mariner Hybrid, the 4WD, a wonderful vehicle that is sporty and capable while efficient.
The green factor is provided by a gas engine/electric motor combo. The electric motor provides the power up to 25 mph, when the gasoline engine takes over. While the gas engine runs it simultaneously recharges the battery for the electric motor. Together they produce the power of 155 horses.
Mercury's Intelligent 4WD is a sophisticated system that constantly monitors traction at each wheel (5000 times per second, says the manufacturer) and then communicates how much additional torque is needed in the rear wheels to control slip (this car-based SUV operates on 2WD). It's nice to let it do the thinking for you while you keep your mind on other matters of driving.
For instance, while you're watching the road you may be thinking about how you're doing your part to help reduce'America's dependence on foreign oil, how you're helping Mother Nature, and how you're saving money at the pump. What you can look for from your Mariner Hybrid is 32 city miles to the gallon and 29 on the highway.
The Regenerative Braking System is another technological marvel. It recycles kinetic energy by transferring it to the battery pack for recharging purposes when the brakes are. Impressive!
Mercury rewards its Hybrid buyers with some nice amenities. The driver gets a six-way power-adjustable seat and a leather-wrapped wheel, and every passenger gets to enjoy the Audiophile Sound System with an in-dash changer. There are also carpeted floor mats, a message center, and power locks, windows, and side mirrors. Aesthetic and practical bonuses include chrome door handles, body-color protective cladding, roof rails, and 16-inch spoked aluminum wheels.
Load up your smart purchase by adding some options. Technophiles will love the Hybrid Energy Audio & Navigation System, which comes with a premium audio system, turn-by-turn navigation capability, hybrid energy flow display, and real-time fuel economy display. The Safety Package adds front seat-mounted airbags and side-curtain units with rollover sensors. The Premium Package adds both of the aforementioned packages plus heated (front) leather seats, heated side mirrors, a cargo-area cover, and an obstacle-sensing parking aid.
Visibility to other drivers is maximized thanks to fog lights and side repeater lamps. The Mariner Hybrid as security features, too, including a remote keyless entry and an entry keypad on the driver's door.
|Air Conditioning||Front air conditioning · Single front air conditioning zones|
|Airbags||Dual front airbags · Passenger airbag deactivation: occupant sensing deactivation|
|Audio System||6 disc in-dash CD · MP3 player: CD MP3 Playback · AM/FM radio · 4 Total Speakers|
|Brakes||ABS: 4-wheel · Braking assist · Electronic brakeforce distribution · Front brake diameter: 11.9 · Front brakes: ventilated disc · Rear brake diameter: 11.9 · Rear brakes: disc · Regenerative Braking System|
|Comfort Features||Floor Mat Material: carpet · Floor Mats: front · Rear floor mats · Steering wheel trim: leather|
|Convenience Features||Cargo area light · Center console: front console with storage · Cruise control · Cupholders: front · Dimming rearview mirror: auto-dimming · Keyless entry: keypad · Multi-function remote keyless entry, · One-touch windows: 1 · Power outlet(s): 12V front · Power steering · Reading lights: front · Retained accessory power · Steering wheel: tilt-adjustable · Steering wheel mounted controls: cruise controls · Storage: door pockets, front seatback · Vanity mirrors: dual illuminating|
|Doors||Liftgate window: manual flip-up · Rear door type: liftgate|
|Driver Seat||Height adjustable · Power adjustments: 6|
|Drivetrain||4WD Type: on demand · Axle ratio: 2.93 · Center differential: mechanical · Limited slip differential: center|
|Engine||Electric Motor Battery Type: nickel-metal hydride · Electric Motor HP: 94 · Electric Motor Power Output (Kilowatts): 70 · Electric Motor Torque: 100 · Hybrid Gas Engine HP: 133 · Hybrid Gas Engine HP@RPM: 6000 · Hybrid Gas Engine Torque: 124 · Hybrid gas Engine Torque@RPM: 4250|
|Header||Midyear release: no|
|Headrests||Front headrests: adjustable · Number of front headrests: 2 · Number of rear headrests: 3|
|Instrumentation||Clock · Tachometer · Trip computer · Warnings and reminders: low fuel level, tire fill alert|
|Lights||Exterior entry lights · Front fog lights · Headlights: auto delay off|
|Mirrors||Exterior mirrors: power|
|Passenger Seat||Manual Adjustments: 4|
|Rear Seats||Type: 60-40 split bench|
|Safety||Child safety locks · Child seat anchors|
|Seatbelts||Rear center seatbelt: 3-point · Seatbelt pretensioners: front|
|Seats||Front seat type: bucket · Rear headrests: adjustable · Rear seat folding: split · Upholstery: premium cloth|
|Security||2-stage unlocking doors · Anti-theft alarm system: remote · Engine immobilizer · Power door locks|
|Spare Tire||Mount Location: underbody · Size: temporary|
|Spare Wheel||Rim Type: steel|
|Suspension||Front Arm Type: lower control arms · Front Shock Type: gas shock absorbers · Front Spring Type: coil springs · Front Suspension Classification: independent · Front Suspension Type: MacPherson struts · Rear Shock Type: gas shock absorbers · Rear Spring Type: coil springs · Rear Suspension Classification: independent · Rear Suspension Type: multi-link · Stabilizer bar(s): front|
|Tires||Tire Pressure Monitoring System · Type: all season|
|Tires and Rims||P Tires|
|Windows||Front wipers: intermittent · Power windows · Privacy glass · Rear defogger · Rear wiper|