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Selected Style FWD 4-Door I4 Manual XLS
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Trim

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
FWD 4-Door I4
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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
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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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
Fuel Economy - City 22 mpg 20 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 28 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification 2WD Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD Sport Utility Vehicles
Interior Dimensions
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
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
Exterior Dimensions
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
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
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
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 -
Brakes
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
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 -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 16.5 16.5
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) - TBD - - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) 40.1 - TBD -
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
Tires
Rear Tire Size P235/70R16 P235/70R16
Rear Tire Order Code T53 - TBD -
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 -
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 1500 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 150 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3272 3385
Wheels
Front Wheel Material Steel Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x 6.5 16 x 7
Spare Wheel Size (in) 17 x 4 Compact
Rear Wheel Material Steel Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x 6.5 16 x 7
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 5.3 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 550 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 110 - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 153 @ 5800 171 @ 6000
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System SMPI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 152 @ 4250 171 @ 4500
Engine Order Code 99Z 997
Displacement 2.3L/140 2.5L/- TBD -
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 22 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 28 28
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 23
Transmission
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
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
Summary
Vehicle Name Ford Escape Mercury Mariner
Body Style 4 Door 4 Door
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA MacPherson strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
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
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score - 6
 
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