in 2010 Affordable Midsize SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $15,790 - $18,105
Original MSRP: $29,480 - $37,180
MPG: 14 City / 20 Hwy
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2010 Mercury Mountaineer Interior

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The Mercury Mountaineer is roomy and comes with lots of standard features. Its available third row is especially spacious for a midsize SUV. However, reviewers said the Mountaineer’s cabin is filled with low-quality plastic, which is surprising considering it had one of the higher base prices in its class when it was new.

  • "Interior materials mostly solid-feeling. Many surfaces are cheap-looking plastic, which we deem inappropriate given Mountaineer's upscale intentions." -- Consumer Guide
  • “The optional Sync phone/MP3 voice activation and hard-drive-based navigation systems are both effective and modern, but the rest of the cabin is decidedly dated. Most of the climate and audio controls include lots of similar-looking black buttons, while there are also some low-grade materials here and there." -- Edmunds
  • "Inside, the Mercury is dressed more like a luxury sedan than an SUV. Case-in-point: The full feature bucket seats are trimmed in leather and include a memory feature. The pedals are power-adjustable with memory feature. You simply set the accelerator and brake pedals to your liking then save the positions into one of the two memory settings." -- AutoMedia.com

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The Mountaineer has standard seating for five and Premier models come with a power-folding third row that increases seating to seven. Reviewers found the first and second rows comfortable. While the third row is quite spacious, some said the cushions aren’t soft enough. Quad bucket seating, with second-row sport bucket seats and a center floor console, was optional on Premier models when it was new.

  • “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

Interior Features

Though the Mountaineer is well-equipped, reviewers found the instrument panel and controls generally difficult to read. The upward-hinged door handles were especially confounding for reviewers. The base Mountaineer comes with a leather-wrapped tilt steering wheel with audio controls, a six-way power driver’s seat, an audio input jack, a single disc CD player and air conditioning.

The Premier model has a power moonroof, a premium sound system, a reverse sensing system, Ford’s SYNC infotainment system, front and rear climate control and power-adjustable pedals with memory. Available features on Premier models when they were new include a voice-activated navigation with Sirius Travel Link, a power-folding third row and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system.

  • "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
  • "The Mountaineer's two-tone interior blends style and functionality with ease, and there's room for five, six or seven passengers, depending on your preference.” -- Edmunds


The Mountaineer provides adequate cargo space that's about average for its class. It has 13.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, 45.1 cubic feet with the third row folded down (and 43.1 cubic feet on models without the third row) and 83.7 cubic feet with the second row folded down (or 85.8 cubic feet on models without the third row). Testers noted a lack of storage cubbies for small items.

  • "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
  • "The center console includes a pair of large cupholders but, more important, it also includes the six-speed automatic gearshift lever along with a comfortable elbow-level armrest. Beneath the armrest is a healthy storage compartment." -- AutoMedia.com

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