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in 2009 Affordable Compact SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $13,773 - $14,978
Original MSRP: $30,090 - $31,840
MPG: 34 City / 31 Hwy
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Used Car: 2009 Mercury Mariner Hybrid Review

Review Last Updated: 7/27/12

The Mercury Mariner Hybrid, which received some revisions for 2009, has some of the best fuel economy in the class, and is a practical and spacious SUV.

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When it was new, the 2009 Mariner Hybrid was praised by critics for its smooth hybrid powertrain that delivers great fuel economy without giving up much in terms of driving feel or interior space. Even the brakes, which typically lack smoothness in hybrid models, were cited for feeling fairly linear, thanks to updates performed for 2009. It also has strong reliability and safety ratings.

The Mariner Hybrid has a gas engine and electric motor that combine to produce a total of 177 horsepower. Critics said that although it certainly isn’t fast, the Mariner Hybrid has plenty of pep for daily driving and is generally a smooth and comfortable SUV. Front-wheel drive variants achieve an excellent EPA fuel economy rating of 34/31 mpg city/highway, while all-wheel drive variants average slightly less.

Generally, the Mariner Hybrid’s interior drew favorable reviews from critics. Most said that it has an upscale appearance, offers enough electronic gadgets and is generally comfortable. The front seats were praised for their comfort and space, while the back seats drew more mixed reviews in terms of comfort, with some critics noting that entry and exit were hampered by narrow door openings. Maximum cargo space with the back row folded is 66.1 cubic feet, which is good for the class. The Mariner Hybrid is well-equipped, with standard cloth seats, dual-zone climate control, SYNC infotainment system and satellite radio. Optional equipment when it was new includes leather seats, a power sunroof and navigation.

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Other Cars to Consider

If you’re looking at the Mariner Hybrid, be sure to check out the 2009 Ford Escape Hybrid as well. The Mariner and Escape Hybrids are very similar. Both have excellent fuel economy, good cargo space and a refined, comfortable ride.

Another 2009 compact SUV to consider is the highly-ranked 2009 Chevrolet Equinox. While it only comes with V6 engines and isn’t as fuel-thrifty as the Mariner Hybrid, critics said that it is a smooth performer with a comfortable ride. They also said it offers a spacious interior with a versatile sliding rear seat that allows it to accommodate either taller passengers or more cargo.

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