2008 Mercury Mariner

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13 reviews
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Available Price Range $4,649-$12,797 Trims6 Combined MPG 19-23 Seats 5

Our Take on the 2008 Mercury Mariner

Our Take

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 bodywo... 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


Our 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

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Consumer Reviews

4.7 out of 5

Based on 13 reviews

Love it

by Happy first time Mercury owner from Olathe,KS on March 26, 2008

I traded in my Expedition (which I bought new in 2000 and loved) I needed better gas mileage and I found it. It's hard to get used to the smaller size but it's fun to drive and I am much happier now t... Read Full Review

6 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up. It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 4 recalls for this car.

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

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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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