Best Bet
  • (3.5) 15 reviews
  • MSRP: $5,580$13,228
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 23-24
  • Engine: 171-hp, 2.5-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: 4x4
  • Seats: 5
2010 Mercury Mariner

Our Take on the 2010 Mercury Mariner

Our Take

The Mercury Mariner, which shares its platform with the Ford Escape and Mazda Tribute, received a few new high-tech options for 2010. The Mariner Hybrid is covered separately in the Cars.com Research section. The Mariner, which seats five people, competes with other small SUVs, including the Hond... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Backseat comfort
  • Awkward backseat folding
  • Spotty interior quality
  • Some cheap controls
  • Automatic-transmission operation
  • Low-tech rear drum brakes

Notable Features

  • FWD or AWD
  • Related to Ford Escape, Mazda Tribute
  • Hybrid version available (covered separately)
  • Automatic transmission
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • New self-parking option

Reviews

Our Expert Reviews

Editor's note: This review was written in October 2008 about the 2009 Mercury Mariner. Reliability data for the current generation have since emerged, rendering a predicted reliability score of Average or Better Than Average from Consumer Reports for a new Mariner, depending on the specific drivetrain. To see other changes for 2010, click here, or check out a side-by-side comparison of the... Read full review for the 2010 Mercury Mariner

Consumer Reviews

3.5

Average based on 15 reviews

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My last 3 cars were Navigators.

by Pineknot from Jupiter, Florida on May 24, 2011

I bought this car new a year ago because I was concerned about rising gas prices. I've driven it round trip along the Smoky Mountains following the ridge South /North/South to the U. S. borders in 3 w... Read Full Review

4 Trim Levels Available

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Safety

Crash-Test Reports

Recalls

There are currently 3 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: $3,900 per year.

Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

36mo/36,000mi

Powertrain

60mo/60,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

60mo/60,000mi

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

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

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.

Powertrain

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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