Compare 2008 Mercury Mariner vs 2009 Chevrolet Equinox

2008 Mercury Mariner
2009 Chevrolet Equinox
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FWD 4-Door I4
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door I4 20 26 $19,215 $21,540
FWD 4-Door V6 18 24 $20,108 $22,555
4WD 4-Door I4 19 24 $20,773 $23,310
4WD 4-Door V6 17 22 $21,666 $24,325
FWD 4-Door V6 Premier 18 24 $21,798 $24,475
4WD 4-Door V6 Premier 17 22 $23,356 $26,245
FWD 4-Door I4 Hybrid 34 30 $25,032 $28,150
4WD 4-Door I4 Hybrid 29 27 $26,590 $29,920
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FWD 4-Door LS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door LS 17 24 $22,977 $24,315
FWD 4-Door LT w/1LT 17 24 $23,847 $25,235
FWD 4-Door LT w/2LT 17 24 $23,847 $25,235
AWD 4-Door LS 17 24 $24,862 $26,310
AWD 4-Door LT w/1LT 17 24 $25,732 $27,230
AWD 4-Door LT w/2LT 17 24 $25,732 $27,230
FWD 4-Door LTZ 17 24 $27,537 $29,140
FWD 4-Door Sport 17 24 $27,825 $29,445
AWD 4-Door LTZ 17 24 $29,422 $31,135
AWD 4-Door Sport 16 24 $29,710 $31,440
Pricing
Invoice Price
$19,215
$22,977
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$21,540
$24,315
Monthly Payment Estimate
$359 / month
$405 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.6
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2008 Mercury Mariner is the nicest Ford Escape you can buy, but it remains a midpack performer in the crowded compact SUV/crossover class. With mediocre handling and fuel economy, the 2009 Chevrolet Equinox isn’t that appealing, but it still offers superior cabin space.
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Fuel Economy
City
20 mpg 17 mpg
Highway
26 mpg 24 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
2WD Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
35.6 40.2
Front Head Room (in)
40.4 40.9
Second Hip Room (in)
49.1 51.3
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.6 55.7
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Head Room (in)
39.2 40.1
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.9 55.9
Front Leg Room (in)
41.6 41.2
Front Hip Room (in)
53.4 51.1
Passenger Volume (ft³)
99.4 106.4
Exterior Dimensions
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.1 71.4
Track Width, Front (in)
61.1 61.6
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.4 7.9
Length, Overall (in)
175.2 188.8
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
66.7 69.3
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 28.6
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.4 61.8
Wheelbase (in)
103.1 112.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
66.3 67.1
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
29.2 35.7
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.9 x - TBD - 11.65 x 1.02
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA 11.93 x 0.79
Brake Type
Power Power
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
10.0 x - TBD - NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.5 20.0
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
17.7 19.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.7 41.8
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Variable power assist
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 3.8
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P235/70TR16 P235/65R16
Rear Tire Order Code
- TBD - QKG
Front Tire Size
P235/70TR16 P235/65R16
Spare Tire Size
Compact - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code
- TBD - QKG
Spare Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 525
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 3500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 3500
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 350
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3385 3660
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7 16 x 6.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 10.6
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
153 @ 5800 185 @ 5200
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas V6
Fuel System
SFI SFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
152 @ 4250 210 @ 3800
Engine Order Code
99Z LNJ
Displacement
2.3L/140 3.4L/209
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
20 17
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
26 24
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 20
Transmission
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.31 5.02
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.57 2.98
Trans Order Code
- TBD - MX0
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.77 2.48
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.70 1.32
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.89 4.58
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.95
Trans Type
4 5
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
- TBD - NA
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.00
Summary
Body Style
4 Door 4 Door
Vehicle Name
Mercury Mariner Chevrolet Equinox
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Trailing arm
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Strut-type
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 5

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