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#21

in 2009 Affordable Midsize SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $13,365 - $16,619
Original MSRP: $28,700 - $35,030
MPG: 14 City / 20 Hwy
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2009 Mercury Mountaineer Interior

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The Mountaineer is comfortable and well-appointed, according to reviewers. It seats five and had a third-row option to seat seven.

  • "Among the quieter SUVs of any stripe. Wind and road noise are well-muffled. So is noise over bumps. The engine intrudes only under full throttle." -- Consumer Guide
  • "You'll find some low-grade materials here and there, but overall, the cabin is attractive and solidly constructed." -- Edmunds
  • "The interior is highly stylized, and as a result might not be to everyone's liking. With some things, especially the upward-hinged door handles, they really let the designers run wild. For the most part I think it looks pretty good." -- AutoWeek
  • "Interior materials mostly solid-feeling. Many surfaces are hard plastic, however, which we deem inappropriate given Mountaineer's upscale intentions." -- Consumer Guide

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Seating

Although the general opinion among auto writers was that the front row is spacious, reviewers didn't agree on the comfort in the second row and available third row.

  • "Three adults can squeeze across in the roomy 2nd row. Legroom is tight only with the front seats fully aft. The 3rd-row seat cushion is low to the floor, pancake flat, and the floor shape obstructs foot space. Third-row headroom is expansive, and legroom is surprisingly good." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Two adults can ride in the third-row seats on short trips, and children will be content sitting back there." -- Edmunds
  • "These seats also felt like they were sitting right on the floor of the vehicle, and --despite selecting several different driving positions -- I never found one I was comfortable with." -- AutoWeek

Interior Features

Though the Mountaineer is well-equipped, reviewers expressed disappointment that the 2008 redesign didn't include tweaks to the instrument panel and controls, which are generally hard to read.

  • "Large, clear main gauges. The transmission shift lever blocks easy access to some climate controls. The dashboard design puts the radio just out of easy reach, and the turn-signal stalk is mounted at an awkward angle." -- Consumer Guide
  • "It's interesting how so many people feel the need to reinvent the wheel. When you have to look a couple of times to find the door handle, maybe the designers went a bit too far." -- AutoWeek
  • "Unfortunately, they also designed some of the least ergonomic interior door handles we've ever encountered." -- Edmunds

Cargo

The Mountaineer provides 13.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row and 45.1 cubic feet without the available third row. Even more space is available with all the rear seats folded.

  • "Separate-opening hatch glass is handy, but the hatch itself is weighty to open or close. Second- and 3rd-row seats fold nearly flat for ample cargo room. The available power-folding 3rd row is a real convenience. Aside from a large console box, interior storage is meager." -- Consumer Guide
  • "It has all the main virtues of its sibling -- a roomy, functional interior well-stocked with storage areas. ..." -- Edmunds

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