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By Cars.com Staff
August 7, 2009
Vehicle Overview The Mercury Mountaineer is an upscale twin to the Ford Explorer. It competes against SUVs like the Buick Enclave and Kia Borrego. It's available in base or Premier trim, with optional four-wheel drive. It seats up to seven people.
New for 2010 The Mountaineer adds a few standard features to the Premier trim, and the navigation system gains Sirius' Travel Link service. The electronic stability system adds trailer-sway control.
Exterior Mercury says the front styling and rectangular headlights suggest a subtle evolution in the company's design direction, with an emphasis on the vertically stacked front-end elements. Premier models add upgraded wheels and aluminum roof rails.
17-, 18- and 20-inch wheels
Satin aluminum touches on exterior
Available power-retractable running boards
Standard black crossbars for roof rails
Standard capless fuel filler system
Interior The Mountaineer can carry five occupants, with an optional third-row seat raising capacity to seven. The Sync communication system integrates phones and media players and allows those devices to be voice-activated. Sirius' subscription-based Travel Link service, included with the optional navigation system, can pull up local gas prices, movie times, weather reports and sports scores.
Optional heated leather seats
Second-row seats can be bench or buckets; they recline on the Premier
Optional Sync system and satellite radio
Optional rear-seat DVD entertainment system with 8-inch video screen
Optional navigation system with Sirius Travel Link
Optional power-folding third-row seats
Under the Hood There is a choice between a V-6 or V-8 engine for the Mountaineer.
210-horsepower, 4.0-liter V-6 with 254 pounds-feet of torque
292-hp, 4.6-liter V-8 with 315 pounds-feet of torque
Five-speed automatic with V-6; six-speed automatic with V-8
Rear- or all-wheel drive
Can tow up to 7,055 pounds when properly equipped
Safety Ford's AdvanceTrac now incorporates standard trailer-sway control. The system senses when the trailer you're towing is starting to sway and takes measures to bring it back into line. Other standard features include:
Four-wheel-disc antilock brakes
Side-impact and side curtain airbags
Electronic stability system with Roll Stability Control