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2010 Mercury Mountaineer 2010 Ford Explorer 2010 Toyota Highlander
     
RWD 4dr
  • RWD 4dr
  • AWD 4dr
  • RWD 4dr Premier
  • AWD 4dr Premier
RWD 4dr XLT
  • RWD 4dr XLT
  • 4WD 4dr XLT
  • AWD 4dr XLT
  • RWD 4dr Eddie Bauer
  • 4WD 4dr Eddie Bauer
  • RWD 4dr Limited
  • 4WD 4dr Limited
  • AWD 4dr Limited
FWD 4dr L4 Base (Natl)
  • FWD 4dr L4 Base (Natl)
  • FWD 4dr L4 Base (GS)
  • FWD 4dr L4 Base (SE)
  • FWD 4dr V6 Base (Natl)
  • FWD 4dr V6 Base (GS)
  • FWD 4dr V6 Base (SE)
  • 4WD 4dr V6 Base (Natl)
  • 4WD 4dr V6 Base (GS)
  • 4WD 4dr V6 Base (SE)
  • FWD 4dr V6 Sport (Natl)
  • FWD 4dr V6 Sport (GS)
  • FWD 4dr V6 Sport (SE)
  • 4WD 4dr V6 Sport (Natl)
  • 4WD 4dr V6 Sport (GS)
  • 4WD 4dr V6 Sport (SE)
  • FWD 4dr V6 Limited (Natl)
  • FWD 4dr V6 Limited (GS)
  • FWD 4dr V6 Limited (SE)
  • 4WD 4dr V6 Limited (Natl)
  • 4WD 4dr V6 Limited (GS)
  • 4WD 4dr V6 Limited (SE)

Prices

MSRP $29,480 $29,280 $25,855
Invoice $27,626 $27,404 $23,269
Avg. Paid $15,790 $14,817 $16,500

U.S. News Scores

Overall 7.7 7.6 8.5
Critics' Rating 7.0 8.0 8.2
Performance 7.3 7.9 8.0
Interior 7.8 8.0 8.1
Operating Cost 7.4 7.3 7.8
Safety 8.4 8.4 9.2
Reliability 4.5 3.0 5.0

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Great towing capacity
  • Strong available V8 engine
  • Good reliability rating
  • Fairly roomy available third row
  • Great hauling and towing power
  • Fairly roomy third row
  • Good reliability score
  • Excellent reliability and safety ratings
  • Smooth ride
  • Fuel-sipping base four-cylinder engine
  • Versatile interior
Cons
  • Rivals have better safety scores
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Cheap-feeling interior materials
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Truck-like handling
  • Outdated interior
  • Four-cylinder is underpowered
  • Minimal cargo space with all seats in use
  • Small third row

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Automatic Automatic
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas V6 4.0L/245 Gas V6 4.0L/245 Gas I4 2.7L/163
MPG 14 City / 20 Hwy 14 City / 20 Hwy 20 City / 27 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style 4 Door 4 Door 4 Door

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 113.7 113.7 109.8
Length, Overall (in) 193.5 188.4
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 73.5 73.7 75.2
Height, Overall (in) 72.8 71.9 68.1
Step Up Height - Front (in) - TBD -
Step Up Height - Side (in) - TBD -

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Privacy Glass Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Sun/Moon Roof Optional Optional Optional
Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof Optional Optional Optional
Sunroof Sunshield Optional Optional
Running Boards Optional Optional Optional
Rear Spoiler Standard

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 4525 3847

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front All-Season Standard Standard
Tires - Front All-Terrain Standard
Tires - Rear All-Season Standard Standard
Tires - Rear All-Terrain Standard
Full Size Spare Tire Standard Standard Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Standard Standard Standard
Wheel Locks Optional

Towing

Trailer Hitch Receiver Standard Optional Optional

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Optional
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard Standard
Cruise Control Standard Standard Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard Optional
Fog Lamps Standard Standard
Auto-Off Headlights Standard Optional Standard
Interior Cargo Shade Standard Optional
Luggage Rack Standard Standard Optional
Rear Parking Aid Optional Optional
Front Reading Lamps Standard Standard Standard
Rear Reading Lamps Standard Standard
Rear Seat Heat Ducts Optional Optional Optional
Remote Engine Start Optional Optional Optional
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard Standard
Navigation from Telematics Optional
Trip Computer Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard Standard Optional
Keyless Entry Standard Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Standard Optional Optional
Heated Mirrors Standard Optional
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard

Dimensions

Passenger Capacity 5 5 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) - TBD - 145.7
Front Head Room (in) 39.8 39.8 39.7
Front Leg Room (in) 42.4 42.4 43.2
Front Shoulder Room (in) 59.0 59.0 59.7
Front Hip Room (in) 55.4 55.4 56.7
Second Head Room (in) 38.7 38.7 40.1
Second Leg Room (in) 36.9 36.9 38.3
Second Shoulder Room (in) 58.9 58.9 59.5
Second Hip Room (in) 55.5 55.5 56.5
Third Leg Room (in) 29.9
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (cu. ft.) 85.8 85.8 95.4
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (cu. ft.) 45.1 45.1 42.3
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (cu. ft.) 10.3
Cargo Volume to Seat 4 (cu. ft.)

Entertainment

AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard Standard
CD Changer Optional
CD Player Standard Standard Standard
MP3 Player Standard Standard Standard
Satellite Radio Optional Optional Optional
Entertainment System Optional

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control Optional
Dual Zone A/C Optional
A/C Standard Standard Standard
Rear A/C Optional Optional Optional

Navigation & Communication

Onboard Hands-Free Communications System Optional Optional
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Optional Optional Optional

Seats

Cloth Seats Standard Standard Standard
Leather Seats Optional Optional
Additional Rear Seat Optional Optional Optional
Heated Driver Seat Optional Optional
Driver Lumbar Standard Standard
Passenger Lumbar Optional Optional
Seat Memory Optional
Power Driver Seat Standard Standard Optional
Power Passenger Seat Optional
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard Standard Standard
Bucket Seats Standard Standard Standard

Safety

Airbags

Driver Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard Standard

Brakes

4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard Standard
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard Standard
Daytime Running Lights Optional Optional
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard Standard
Adjustable Pedals Optional Optional
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard
Rear Wheel Drive Standard Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard
V6 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas V6 Gas I4
Displacement 4.0L/245 4.0L/245 2.7L/163
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 210 @ 5100 210 @ 5100 187 @ 5800
Torque (Net @ RPM) 254 @ 3700 254 @ 3700 186 @ 4100
Transmission Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD Automatic
Turning diameter 36.8 36.8 38.7

Fuel

Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 14 14 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 20 20 27
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 22.5 22.5 19.2

Suspension

Suspension Type - Front Independent Independent
Suspension Type - Rear Independent Independent
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs
Suspension Type - Front Independent SLA
Suspension Type - Rear Independent SLA

Transmission

Automatic Standard Standard Standard
5-Speed Automatic Standard Standard
6-Speed Automatic Standard