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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2010 Mercury Mariner Hybrid Interior

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The Mercury Mariner's cabin stands out for its innovative storage capabilities, good cargo space, and relatively comfortable seats. However, reviewers have mixed opinions on the quality of materials.

  • "The Mariner Hybrid's cabin is a pleasantly functional space, thanks in part to a huge center console with removable bins. Satin-finish metallic accents and available leather upholstery add a premium sheen. However, the Mariner is starting to feel its age in terms of comfort and space." -- Edmunds
  • "The interior of the Mariner is greatly improved over what it was a couple of years ago, but there is still some evidence of cost-cutting, notably the cheap-looking plastic vent covers. Still, the overall look and feel of the interior is quite nice." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The cabin of the Mariner Hybrid is roomy, seating five easily. Since the redesign of the SUV's cabin in 2008, reviewers have consistently praised the style and tasteful color treatments of the hybrid's interior. The one disappointment, however, is the somewhat sub-par quality of the cabin materials." -- Automobile.com
  • "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 aspirations. Our extended-use test vehicle suffered from some misaligned trim on the front-passenger door." -- Consumer Guide

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While reviewers love the Mariner's front-row seats, the rear isn't quite as comfortable. It's also difficult to fold down -- a major problem if you need to expand cargo space. A six-way power driver seat and tilt steering wheel are standard. Leather-trimmed and heated front seats are optional.

  • 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
  • "The rear seat is as flat as a pirate ship's plank and offers neither a recline function nor fore/aft adjustability." -- Edmunds
  • "Adult-size headroom and legroom [in the front], but the optional sunroof trims head clearance a bit for tall occupants. … Knee clearance and foot space [in the 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

Interior Features

The Mariner is well-equipped and comes with mostly easy-to-use controls. The base model comes standard with dual-zone automatic temperature control, remote keyless entry, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with cruise and audio controls, an audio input jack, and Sirius satellite radio with a six-month subscription. It also comes with Ford’s SYNC system, which allows you to operate music and Bluetooth with voice commands.

A voice-activated navigation system with Sirius Travel Link (which shows real-time traffic information) is optional. A rear DVD entertainment system isn’t available. If you need one, look at the GMC Terrain.

  • "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
  • "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 touchscreen presses. Steering-wheel audio controls and voice command via Ford's Sync system helps." -- Consumer Guide


The Mariner Hybrid’s storage capabilities are a big plus. In fact, its center console is large enough to hold a laptop. It also comes with an overhead console with dual storage bins.

The Mariner provides 30.9 cubic feet of space with all seats in use and 66.4 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. This space is excellent for the class. However, a downside is that the rear seats are difficult to fold, making it a chore to expand cargo space. The rear seats don’t slide to increase legroom or cargo space, either. You can find a more versatile sliding rear seat on the GMC Terrain.

  • "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
  • "What's more, folding the seatback down is a royal pain, requiring the headrests to be removed and the bottom cushions to be tipped forward. Cargo volume stands at a useful 29 cubic feet with the rear seat in place and 66 cubic feet when that seat is folded down -- not bad given the Mariner's relatively compact footprint." -- Edmunds
  • "Generous space is enhanced by a low-level load deck and convenient opening tailgate glass. The rear seat backs do not fold flat, however. Cabin small-item storage is plentiful and includes several console bins, as well as pockets in all 4 doors." -- Consumer Guide

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