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in 2010 Affordable Compact SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $15,223 - $16,495
Original MSRP: $30,105 - $31,855
MPG: 34 City / 31 Hwy
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Used Car: 2010 Mercury Mariner Hybrid Review

Review Last Updated: 7/26/12

The 2010 Mercury Mariner Hybrid is a competent SUV with excellent fuel economy, making it a good choice for anyone who needs the utility of a compact SUV but wants to spend less money at the pump.

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When it was new, critics praised the 2010 Mariner Hybrid for delivering excellent fuel economy while driving like its gas-only counterpart. Several noted that the transition between gas and electric propulsion is smooth, and the powertrain makes ample power for daily driving. They said its interior was generally inviting and tastefully executed. The Mariner Hybrid also has a strong reliability score which beats most rivals’.

The Mariner Hybrid’s gas/electric powerplant produces a total of 177 horsepower, and while no critic called it fast, most said it feels peppy enough for day-to-day driving. Fuel economy is 34/31 mpg city/highway with front-wheel drive, which is superb for the class. All-wheel drive is also available, but it decreases fuel economy slightly.

Inside, the 2010 Mariner Hybrid drew mixed reviews. Many critics liked its airy design, yet others criticized it for lackluster material quality. Reviewers generally found the front seats very comfortable, while several said the back seats were not. The Mariner Hybrid can carry up to 66.4 cubic feet of cargo with the rear seats folded, which is fairly good for the class. It comes standard with cloth seats, dual-zone climate control, an auxiliary input jack, satellite radio and SYNC infotainment system. Optional equipment when it was new includes navigation, leather seats, a power sunroof, backup camera and Active Park Assist, which parallel parks the Mariner Hybrid with minimal driver input.

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Other Cars to Consider

If you’re considering the Mariner Hybrid, you should also check out the 2010 Ford Escape Hybrid. The Mariner Hybrid and Escape Hybrid are mechanically identical, meaning they both have the same hybrid powertrain and great fuel economy. The Escape Hybrid is also available with the same features found on the Mercury, so unless you prefer the look of one over the other, check out both to see which you can get the best deal on.

If you’re looking for great fuel economy but aren’t necessarily looking for a hybrid, consider the 2010 Chevrolet Equinox. Four-cylinder variants get some of the best fuel economy ratings for gas-only compact SUVs. The Equinox was also praised by critics for its comfortable, versatile interior with sliding rear seats, as well as its pleasant drive.

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