2010 Mercury Mariner
14 reviews
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2010 Mercury Mariner
Available Price Range $5,650-$14,086 Trims4 Combined MPG 23-24 Seats 5

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


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


Average based on 14 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 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.


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Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 3 recalls for this car.

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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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