in 2010 Affordable Compact SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $12,173 - $14,463
Original MSRP: $23,560 - $27,380
MPG: 21 City / 28 Hwy
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2010 Mercury Mariner 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.

  • "Other pluses: The Mariner offers a simple center stack, great visibility -- in part because of its razor-thin A-pillars -- and a bargain-basement price." -- Car and Driver
  • "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
  • "The Mariner'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
  • "Again an exercise in contradiction, the Mariner is marketed as a more upscale version of the Escape and Tribute, but fails to live up to those pretensions. The interior's seemingly sole upgrade is a two-tone layout that is unfortunately made up predominantly of hard, cheap, and sometimes ill-fitting plastics. Many owners and testers alike have found mismatched surfaces and misaligned joints." -- Car Gurus


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 manual two-way driver seat and tilt steering wheel are standard, while Premium models upgrade to a six-way power driver seat and heated front seats. Leather-trimmed seats are optional.

  • "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
  • "Up front, the seating position is too tall and there's no telescoping steering wheel, granting one the feeling of hovering above the controls. The front seats are shaped well enough, but the rear seat is as flat as a pirate's plank and offers neither a recline function nor fore/aft adjustability." -- Edmunds
  • "Space, at least, is abundant for both passengers and cargo, although the rear seats fail to fold flat, curiously. … Occupants will similarly find a wealth of space, hampered only by the addition of the sunroof." -- Car Gurus

Interior Features

The Mariner is well-equipped and comes with mostly easy-to-use controls. The base model comes standard with 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.

Ford’s SYNC system, which allows you to operate music and Bluetooth-connected phones with voice commands, is standard on Premium models. 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 Chevy Equinox.

  •  “[T]he controls themselves are generally well-placed and intuitive, with some minor exceptions. Most issues can be combated by using another of the vehicle's systems, such as Ford's Sync voice command system, although one has to consider the fact that you shouldn't have to bypass or otherwise circumvent your vehicle's controls just for ease of use." -- Car Gurus
  • "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's storage capabilities are a big plus. In fact, its center console is large enough to hold a laptop. Premium models come with an overhead console with dual storage bins, as well as an interior cargo management system with an area where you can store wet items or even use as a cooler for ice and cold drinks.

The Mariner provides 31.4 cubic feet of space with all seats in use and 67.2 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.

  • "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
  • "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." -- Edmunds

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