Compare 2008 Mercury Mariner vs 2009 Dodge Journey

2008 Mercury Mariner
2009 Dodge Journey
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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 SE
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door SE 19 25 $19,517 $20,925
FWD 4-Door SXT 16 21 $22,247 $23,925
AWD 4-Door SXT 15 21 $24,563 $26,470
FWD 4-Door R/T 16 21 $25,577 $27,585
AWD 4-Door R/T 15 21 $27,170 $29,335
Pricing
Invoice Price
$19,215
$19,517
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$21,540
$20,925
Monthly Payment Estimate
$359 / month
$349 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.6
8.4
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. As a smaller crossover, the Journey's a good alternative to the Saturn Vue and Subaru Forester, maybe even to a Dodge Grand Caravan--just don't pile on the expensive options.
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Fuel Economy
City
20 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
26 mpg 25 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
2WD Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.9 56.9
Front Leg Room (in)
41.6 40.8
Front Hip Room (in)
53.4 53.8
Passenger Volume (ft³)
99.4 125.6
Second Leg Room (in)
35.6 33.6
Front Head Room (in)
40.4 40.8
Second Hip Room (in)
49.1 54.4
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.6 57.5
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Head Room (in)
39.2 39.9
Third Hip Room (in)
- NA
Third Head Room (in)
- NA
Third Shoulder Room (in)
- NA
Third Leg Room (in)
- NA
Exterior Dimensions
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
66.7 66.6
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 30.8
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.4 62.3
Wheelbase (in)
103.1 113.8
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.1 72.2
Track Width, Front (in)
61.1 61.8
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.4 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
175.2 192.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - 41.4
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
29.2 37.1
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - 33.1
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
66.3 67.6
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA NA
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA 12.0 x 0.47
Brake Type
Power Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
10.0 x - TBD - NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.9 x - TBD - 11.9 x 1.1
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.5 20.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.7 38.5
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 3.3
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
17.7 18.6
Tires
Spare Tire Size
Compact T145/80D16
Front Tire Order Code
- TBD - TRD
Spare Tire Order Code
- TBD - TBC
Rear Tire Size
P235/70TR16 P225/70R16
Rear Tire Order Code
- TBD - TRD
Front Tire Size
P235/70TR16 P225/70R16
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 100
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3385 3692
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact 16.0 x 4.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 7.9
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 160
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 525
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
152 @ 4250 166 @ 4400
Engine Order Code
99Z ED3
Displacement
2.3L/140 2.4L/144
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
153 @ 5800 173 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
SFI SMPI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
26 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
20 19
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 21
Transmission
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.89 2.84
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00
Trans Type
4 4
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
- TBD - -
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.45 up/1.57 down
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.31 2.21
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.57 1.57
Trans Order Code
- TBD - DFF
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.77 4.28
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.70 0.69
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic
Summary
Body Style
4 Door 4dr SUV
Vehicle Name
Mercury Mariner Dodge Journey
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA multi-link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA MacPherson
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
NA - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- - TBD -

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