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Used Car: 2010 Mercury Mountaineer Review

Review Last Updated: 1/2/13

The 2010 Mercury Mountaineer provides a bit of luxury for those who need a used SUV that’s a competent hauler and tower. However, as one of the rare truck-based SUVs in its class, the Mountaineer has difficulty competing with smoother-riding and more fuel-efficient crossovers.

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The 2010 Mercury Mountaineer is a good buy for shoppers who want luxury and utility, but its truck-based underpinnings mean that the Mountaineer doesn’t offer the car-like ride of rival crossovers. Its fuel economy and safety ratings are also lower than many of its peers. Reviewers said the Mountaineer’s interior isn’t as refined as competing 2010 midsize SUVs, though some said the available third row is usable for adults, which is rare in this class. Overall, the Mercury Mountaineer is a passable family vehicle for those who need off-road capability or tow on a regular basis.

The 2010 Mercury Mountaineer is available with either a 4.0-liter V6 or a 4.6-liter V8, both of which can be paired with either two- or all-wheel drive. Standard features include a four-speaker stereo with an auxiliary input, cruise control and power windows and locks. The Premier trim comes standard with features like parking sensors, heated seats, leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control with separate rear climate controls, a sunroof and an upgraded audio system.

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The Mercury Mountaineer’s corporate sibling, the 2010 Ford Explorer, shares most of the Mercury’s pros and cons. Like the Mercury, the Explorer is available with a third row of seats and a powerful V8 engine, but its safety scores and fuel economy aren’t as good as some rivals’. If you’re set on the Mountaineer, adding the Explorer to your shopping list will widen your search, which may help you get a better deal on an SUV that’s very similar.

If you’re in the  market for a seven-seat family vehicle with all-wheel drive, but don’t need the Mercury Mountaineer’s beefy towing and off-road capabilities, consider the 2010 Toyota Highlander. Reviewers loved the Highlander’s well-made, spacious cabin and comfortable ride. The Highlander doesn’t offer a V8 engine, so it’s not good for towing your weekend toys, but the Mountaineer can’t compete with the Highlander’s good fuel economy and stellar safety and reliability scores.

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