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  • (4.6) 21 reviews
  • MSRP: $3,585$11,605
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 19-23
  • Engine: 153-hp, 2.3-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: 4x4
  • Seats: 5
2008 Mercury Mariner

Our Take on the 2008 Mercury Mariner

The 2008 Mariner has a much bolder presence than the outgoing model, as this compact SUV has received its first major redesign since its launch as a 2005 model. The 2008 has new, squared-off bodywork, as well as improvements to combat road and engine noise.The 2008 Mariner, which shares its platf... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Backseat comfort
  • Awkward backseat folding
  • Spotty interior quality
  • Some cheap controls
  • So-so acceleration
  • Mushy brakes

Notable Features

  • Restyled for 2008
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • FWD and AWD
  • Related to Ford Escape
  • Hybrid version available

2008 Mercury Mariner Reviews Expert Reviews

For a while it looked as though SUVs would grow to school-bus size entries to hold not just the family but the neighborhood.Explorer, Expedition, Excursion. Big, bigger and biggest -- and those are only Ford's entries.And then came Escape, a compact sport-utility vehicle that, as the name implies, offers an escape from the huge size and low mileage while still at home off-road.Escape bowed... Read full review for the 2008 Mercury Mariner

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Consumer Reviews


Average based on 21 reviews

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nice american car

by joe from chicago illinois on April 17, 2008

rides fairly smooth for a short wheelbase suv, could use a less aggressive tire, but its pretty standard with all suv's. very roomy in back seats.....plenty cargo area. nice touch, getting rid of park... Read Full Review

6 Trim Levels Available

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2008 Mercury Mariner Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 5 recalls for this car.

Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,100 per year.

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Warranty Coverage





Roadside Assistance Coverage


What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.


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