Compare 2008 Ford Escape vs 2009 Mercury Mariner

2008 Ford Escape
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FWD 4-Door I4 Manual XLS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door I4 Manual XLS 22 28 $18,104 $19,140
FWD 4-Door I4 Automatic XLS 20 26 $19,024 $20,140
FWD 4-Door I4 Automatic XLT 20 26 $20,229 $21,685
4WD 4-Door I4 Automatic XLS 19 24 $20,624 $21,880
FWD 4-Door V6 Automatic XLT 18 24 $21,148 $22,695
4WD 4-Door I4 Automatic XLT 19 24 $21,839 $23,455
FWD 4-Door V6 Automatic Limited 18 24 $22,712 $24,415
4WD 4-Door V6 Automatic XLT 17 22 $22,758 $24,465
4WD 4-Door V6 Automatic Limited 17 22 $24,324 $26,185
FWD 4-Door I4 CVT Hybrid 34 30 $25,470 $27,445
4WD 4-Door I4 CVT Hybrid 29 27 $27,080 $29,215
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FWD 4-Door I4
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door I4 20 28 $21,082 $22,650
FWD 4-Door V6 18 26 $22,001 $23,660
4WD 4-Door I4 19 25 $22,674 $24,400
FWD 4-Door I4 Premier 20 28 $23,006 $24,765
4WD 4-Door V6 17 24 $23,593 $25,410
FWD 4-Door V6 Premier 18 26 $23,916 $25,765
4WD 4-Door I4 Premier 19 25 $24,598 $26,515
4WD 4-Door V6 Premier 17 24 $25,508 $27,515
FWD 4-Door I4 Hybrid 34 31 $27,852 $30,090
4WD 4-Door I4 Hybrid 29 27 $29,444 $31,840
Pricing
Invoice Price
$18,104
$21,082
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$19,140
$22,650
Monthly Payment Estimate
$319 / month
$378 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.2
7.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2008 Ford Escape looks better inside and out, but the curtain airbags, higher-output V-6 and Sync audio system in the upcoming 2009 model year version are worth the wait. The 2009 Mercury Mariner is an attractive and capable compact SUV, now with vastly improved performance.
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Fuel Economy
City
22 mpg 20 mpg
Highway
28 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
2WD Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD Sport Utility Vehicles
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
39.2 39.2
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.9 55.9
Front Leg Room (in)
41.6 41.6
Front Hip Room (in)
53.3 66.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
99.4 99.4
Second Leg Room (in)
35.6 35.6
Front Head Room (in)
40.4 40.4
Second Hip Room (in)
49.1 29.2
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.6 56.6
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.5 8.4
Length, Overall (in)
174.7 175.2
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
43.2 - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
67.7 67.9
Liftover Height (in)
29.4 - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.4 60.2
Wheelbase (in)
103.1 103.1
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
33.3 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.1 81.3
Track Width, Front (in)
61.1 60.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
40.7 - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
34.7 - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
29.2 29.3
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
37.3 - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
66.7 - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
66.3 66.3
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA NA
Brake Type
Power Power
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
10.0 x 1.65 10.0 x - TBD -
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.9 x 0.5 11.9 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.5 16.5
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
17.7 17.5
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.7 36.7
Steering Type
Pwr Electric pwr assisted steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
40.1 - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size
P235/70R16 P235/70R16
Spare Tire Size
T145/90R17 Compact
Front Tire Order Code
T53 - TBD -
Spare Tire Order Code
NA - TBD -
Rear Tire Size
P235/70R16 P235/70R16
Rear Tire Order Code
T53 - TBD -
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1500 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3272 3385
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
17 x 4 Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 16 x 7
Front Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 16 x 7
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
5.3 - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
550 - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System
SMPI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
152 @ 4250 171 @ 4500
Engine Order Code
99Z 997
Displacement
2.3L/140 2.5L/- TBD -
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
153 @ 5800 171 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
28 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
22 20
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 23
Transmission
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.03 1.45
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Automatic w/OD
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.75
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.67 4.58
Clutch Size (in)
8.86 NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.31 1.91
Trans Type
5 6
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA -
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.84 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.45 2.31
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.06 2.96
Trans Order Code
NA - TBD -
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.93 3.51
Summary
Body Style
4 Door 4 Door
Vehicle Name
Ford Escape Mercury Mariner
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-link Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA MacPherson strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 6

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