Mercury Mariner Hybrid Review

Posted on 03. Aug, 2006 by in Auto News

During a business trip to Canada, my manager and I watched a Swedish colleague to use his cell phone to hold a three-way conference call with Tel Aviv and Hong Kong. The boss was furious, his U.S. cell could not reach Toronto from Toronto. He called Sprint on a landline. "This is unacceptable," he shouted. "It is un-American technology, which is seven years behind the Europeans to sell!" Exactly the same thing was about to face Detroit inability said fuel-sipping low-emission hybrid. Finally, enter the Mercury Mariner Hybrid. Ah, but is the gas / electric Merc ready for prime time or is it just a Johnny-come-lately to call it?

Like its platform partners, the Ford Escape and Mazda Tribute, the Mariner is a dapper looking cute-ute. While I have never. A fan of the brand 20-toothed family barbecue, the vertical blingery suits the Mariner of the massive front bumper like shoulder pads on a three-button suit The SUV tight and neatly together sculpting is equally well handled, the concave effect indicates a healthy, trim vehicle with a bit of sporting pretension. Our testers Charcoal Beige Clearcoat Metallic paint kept the chrome jewelry from visual overload, while the 16 "five-spoke aluminum wheels that fill (almost) the arcs show brand loyalty restraint. If ever a badge-engineered vehicle gained a little something The Mariner in the translation it is.

Mariner within the cabin, there is a replacement world, after all. The soft-roaders The combination of faux leather, imitation wood and forged aluminum is remarkably effective in a 50-Las Vegas hotel room kinda way. Although it is not a bad place to spend some time to save the planet, there are many cavils: the HVAC Controller (repealed by Focus) could go no further down market, when they crossed Union Square in a mini skirt, leather-covered Olsen Twin thin steering wheel, and the cow-clad seats are less supportive than a deadbeat dad. Despite six-way seats, a perfect seating position proved difficult forever. And I dare you to find the seat-heater button.

The Mariner Nav System / Head Unit is the largest SUV ergonomic error. The credit card sized screen may not match street names – just tiny white lines. Why did not you install the Ford Freestyle, the big, beautiful LCD touch screen? Half the fun (satisfaction?) For controlling a hybrid comes from watching a real time mpg readout layer while modulating the throttle and brakes to maintain as much as possible to save fuel. The Mariner can be micro-screen check not you. Your power source (engine? Batteries? Hybrid drive?) And mileage at the same time You have to jump back and forth between the two screens-the bad form for a company publicly committed to automotive safety.

Speaking of not dying, it is best to pay attention to the brakes on the Mariner. Thanks to the regenerative braking gear weighs a ton anchor pedal. There is simply no way to easily roll on the braking power, you have to pound. The batteries and second Mariner engine benefits from charging Push The total weight up to nearly two tons. The extra weight worsens the high, short wheelbase truck ride and handling characteristics. At 80 mph, driving the Mariners feels as if you are riding a battered washboard.

There are three types of drive systems. Flutter the go-pedal and the torquey 94HP electric grinder does the deed clean (although I could only Mariner in full-electric mode when upgrading some parking). Mash the gas and the hybrid switches to its 2.3L I-4 style dead dino Atkins diet. Ninety-seven percent of the time you are with the two mills. Was after a few hundred miles of mixed driving the bottom line … 25.8mpg. This is almost the same as the 21/24 EPA estimates for the four-wheel drive 2.3 liter Mariner. What's the point? Why spend $ 10k more for an extra £ 400 to tow. Netting you about 10% less fuel?

It gets worse. Wintered in stop and go traffic, the Mariner engine. With the engine off, the already weak air conditioning calls anemic is an insult to the iron deficiency. Mercury recommendation: if it is "excessively hot" switch controls the MAX AC that keeps the engine off. In summer, daylight will save the planet and between not sweat to choose death. The opposite is also true. The instructions have the same warning when it "too cold," the Mariner electric motor is little more than a heater. If you are in an apartment, live temperate climate and enjoy slow cruising Mercury has for sale a very nice hybrid to you.

Taken as a whole, the Mariner Hybrid can not compete with full hybrid Toyota Highlander. But at least Mercury launched the hybrid conversation with his mid-market buyers. Bold Moves are usually not successful first time, they need to follow through and persistence. As long as Mercury keeps hitting redial, they will eventually make the connection.

Mercury provided the vehicle evaluated. Insurance, taxes and a tank of gas