...Put a Ford Escape in a Mercury outfit and what do you get? An excellent small SUV in pretty dapper digs.Published: 10/02/2005 Updated: 10/02/2009 What's New for 2005: The Mariner,
Source: MSN Autos
...The ride was comfortable as the vehicle handled nimbly in city traffic. I pulled into parking spots without fuss, and the Mariner managed a good amount of road bumps with ease, just transferring mild road vibrations to passengers. Potholes were a different story, with riders feeling some impact. The Mariner has a MacPherson strut front suspension and an independent, multilink rear and rides on 16-inch tires. The 4-wheel-drive system doesn't require any input from the driver. It automatically monitors traction and transfers power to the appropriate wheels when needed. Thanks to the V6, maximum...
...Automatic "intelligent" four-wheel drive is available. When properly equipped, a V-6-powered Mariner can tow up to 3,500 pounds. Safety Antilock brakes with Brake Assist are standard. Side-impact and side curtain-type airbags are optional. Driving Impressions The Mariner has its own styling touches and interior features, so its Ford Escape foundation is largely hidden. The Mariner isn't as sporty as the Escape, and it maneuvers nicely and rides reasonably smoothly most of the time. Harsher pavement can roughen the ride, but control is seldom affected. The easy-to-drive Mariner doesn't feel...
...Reviewers commented on the greater comfort of the Mariner seats when compared to the Escape. And with more sound insulation than its siblings, Mariner affords the quietest interior. Mercury focuses on the "luxury" aspect of its compact SUV to gain entry to this niche market.The ride tends to be softer than the Escape, but proves to be as "tossable" on the highway due to the shared running gear platform. The Mariner offers either a front or a four-wheel drive configuration driven through a four-speed automatic transmission by either an I4 or a V6. At a "slender" 3,285 - 3,328 pounds (depending...
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