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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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2009 Mercury Mariner Hybrid Interior

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Reviewers have positive things to say about the Mariner Hybrid's interior, which was redesigned in 2008. Many test drivers noted its spacious seating and stylish use of materials and color treatments. However, a few still find the quality of materials disappointing.

  • "Thoroughly unremarkable on the whole, Mariner's interior is awash in hard, hollow plastics. Two-tone decor helps improve things a bit. The overall ambiance is low-buck, a shame given Mariner's price and upscale aspiration." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Mariner's interior gives no hint this is a fuel-stingy, earth conscious vehicle. Its available navigation system, power moonroof, heated premium leather seating, reverse sensor, SIRIUS Satellite Radio availability and other high tech amenities give it a luxurious quality feel in a roomy interior with plenty of cargo space, despite the in-floor rear battery pack." -- Road & Travel Magazine
  • "Inside, eco folks can drool over the nickel-metal-hydride battery tucked beneath the cargo area, and drivers who are merely seeking best city mileage can admire the luxe seating, layout and gadgetry." -- Environmental News Network

Seating

The 2009 Mariner Hybrid's seats are comfortable enough for most.

  • Ford also does a solid job of keeping the driver comfortable with leather seating surfaces with good lateral support, a thick, comfortable leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a cushy resting place for our right arm." -- Autoblog
  • "Knee clearance and foot space [in rear] are well above the class norm, helped by a flat floor. The supportive and well-contoured seat is wide enough for short-trip three-adult comfort. Entry and exit are constricted somewhat by smallish door openings." -- Consumer Guide
  • "My kids only complained a little about the rear seats; the seats sit quite upright and don't recline. The cupholders were also a bit of a stretch because they reside toward the back of the center console. Children who are strapped into their child-safety seats won't be able to reach these little buggers." -- Mother Proof

Interior Features

Reviewers find the Mariner Hybrid especially well-equipped and luxurious for its affordable price.

  • "The climate controls are simple to use. The available navigation system absorbs most audio functions. Some simple adjustments are needlessly complicated, requiring multiple button and/or touch screen presses. Steering-wheel audio controls and voice command via Ford's Sync system helps." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Sync is standard on all Mariner Hybrid models, and Sirius Satellite Radio is optional after an initial six-month subscription. The optional navigation system with a 6.5-inch screen can also play DVDs, and a 330-watt stereo with a six-disc CD changer is included in the navigation package." -- Cars.com
  • "Inside, the Mariner Hybrid, which seats five passengers in two rows, retains such standard features as a six-way power-adjustable driver's seat, dual-zone automatic temperature control, power windows, a 60/40 split rear seat, ice-blue interior lighting, and an AM/FM audio system with an MP3 input jack and a satellite-ready 6-CD in-dash changer." -- Car Gurus
  • "On the inside, the Mariner had plenty of interesting features that should help make the daily drive more palatable. To begin with, Ford's new Travel Link navigation system is incredible. You can check sports scores, weather, gas station information, and movie theater times with minimum navigation." -- Autoblog
  • "I was impressed by how effortless it was to use the Sync system. It was a breeze to hook up my cell phone to the Bluetooth hands-free system (I don't have enough hands as it is), and I even got used to asking the car to play a track instead of a song. The steering-wheel-mounted stereo controls were intuitive, too." -- Mother Proof

Cargo

The Mariner Hybrid boasts ample cargo capacity -- 27.8 cubic feet (1.4 less than the non-hybrid Mercury Mariner) and a respectable 66 cubic feet with the rear seats folded (only 0.3 less than the non-hybrid Mariner). However, folding the rear seat to increase space can be a chore.

  • "Generous space is enhanced by a low-level load deck and convenient opening tailgate glass. The rear seatbacks do not fold flat, however. Cabin small-item storage is plentiful and includes several console bins, as well as pockets in all four doors." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Storage space behind the second row is less than spectacular, and folding the back row completely flat into the floor requires that removal of the headrests. That's problematic because of the amount of effort it takes to get them off, but more importantly, there are a lot of people that will remove the head rests and forget to replace them when they put the seats back into the upright position." -- Autoblog
  • "At the end of my test drive, I discovered an interesting feature of the center console. It turns out there are two removable trays inside the console. The smaller tray and the much larger console 'liner' can both be clipped into little notches found by the front passenger's left knee and behind the rear cupholders. The larger interior liner extends the storage area into the backseat enough to make it accessible to kids who are in and out of booster seats." -- Mother Proof

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