2009 Mercury Mariner Values

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2009 model year changes

After a rather extensive redesign for 2008, the Mercury Mariner gets several significant mechanical improvements for 2009, including a new 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic transmission that help the standard Mariner be both more powerful and more fuel-efficient. The optional V-6 also gets a 20-percent boost in power and improved fuel economy for 2009, and the Hybrid model gets a new Atkinson-cycle version of the four-cylinder engine to pair with its hybrid-electric system, which has been retuned for smoother operation. Along with the revised powertrains, aerodynamic improvements and low-rolling-resistance tires also contribute to efficiency. Also this year Mariner gets a new rear stabilizer bar and its suspension has been revised for improved ride and handling; the steering and braking systems have also been retuned for better responsiveness. Other features introduced for 2009 include a new capless Easy Fuel system, new ambient lighting, and redesigned seats with an eco-friendly seat fabric. Cruise control is now standard on all models. Additionally, a new Mariner Limited Hybrid model brings more luxury features to the most fuel-efficient model in the lineup.

Competitive comparison

Interior space; smooth ride; maneuverability; safety features; hybrid fuel economy

Special features for 2009

The Mariner is a compact sport-utility vehicle that is mechanically similar--and nearly identically priced--to the Ford Escape, but with different interior and exterior styling and equipment details. Like the Escape, the Mariner is one of the boxier compact utility vehicles--with the styling of a traditional SUV--even though it has more road-friendly car-like mechanical underpinnings. It's also one of the more fuel-efficient small SUVs, more so this year with a standard engine that adds power while being more fuel-stingy. The available Sync system stands out as being better than any other communications interface available in the Mariner's class.
After restyling last year, the 2009 Mercury Mariner five-passenger compact SUV gets more powerful and fuel-efficient engines, a new six-speed automatic transmission and an additional t rim level. Available with either front- or all-wheel drive, the Mercury Mariner is equipped with a 2.5L inline four-cylinder engine that produces 171 hp and 171 lb-ft of torque or a 3.0L V6 engine that outputs 240 hp and 223 lb-ft of torque. Properly equipped, the V6 can tow up to 3,500 pounds. EPA fuel economy estimates for the I4 FWD are 20 mpg city/28 mpg hwy, and the I4 AWD gets 19/25, while the V6 FWD V6 achieves18/26 and V6 AWD is good for 17/24. The Mercury Mariner Hybrid is powered by a 2.5L gas engine working with two electric motors for a combined output of 177 hp, paired to a continuously variable transmission. The gas engine is used to recharge the battery pack, and a regenerative braking system also contributes to recharging. On the AWD Hybrid, a third electric motor is used to provide extra power to the rear wheels. The EPA rates Mariner Hybrid fuel economy as 34 mpg city/31 mpg hwy and 32 mpg in combined driving for FWD, while the AWD gets 29/27/28 mpg.