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Compare 2008 Mercury Mariner vs 2009 Saturn VUE

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Selected Style FWD 4-Door I4
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Trim

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
FWD 4-Door V6 Premier 18 24 $21,798 $24,475
FWD 4-Door I4 Hybrid 34 30 $25,032 $28,150
4WD 4-Door I4 19 24 $20,773 $23,310
4WD 4-Door V6 17 22 $21,666 $24,325
4WD 4-Door V6 Premier 17 22 $23,356 $26,245
4WD 4-Door I4 Hybrid 29 27 $26,590 $29,920
FWD 4-Door I4 XE
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door I4 XE 19 26 $22,116 $23,280
FWD 4-Door V6 XR 17 24 $24,716 $26,435
FWD 4-Door V6 Red Line 17 24 $27,054 $28,935
AWD 4-Door V6 XE 16 23 $24,657 $25,955
AWD 4-Door V6 XR 16 23 $26,586 $28,435
AWD 4-Door V6 Red Line 16 23 $28,924 $30,935
FWD 4-Door I4 XR 19 26 $23,744 $25,395
Pricing
Invoice Price
$19,215
$22,116
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$21,540
$23,280
Monthly Payment Estimate
$359 / month
$388 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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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 its available V-6 engine, the 2009 Saturn Vue is a bit more fun to drive than other compact SUVs; otherwise it’s not a standout.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 20 mpg 19 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 26 mpg 26 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification 2WD Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in) 35.6 36.9
Front Head Room (in) 40.4 40.2
Second Hip Room (in) 49.1 52.9
Front Shoulder Room (in) 56.6 56.0
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Second Head Room (in) 39.2 39.3
Second Shoulder Room (in) 55.9 55.9
Front Leg Room (in) 41.6 40.7
Front Hip Room (in) 53.4 52.6
Passenger Volume (ft³) 99.4 - TBD -
Exterior Dimensions
Rear Door Opening Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 71.1 72.8
Track Width, Front (in) 61.1 61.4
Min Ground Clearance (in) 8.4 7.8
Length, Overall (in) 175.2 180.1
Rear Door Opening Width (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in) 66.7 67.0
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in) 60.4 61.8
Wheelbase (in) 103.1 106.6
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) 29.2 29.2
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) - TBD - - TBD -
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 56.4
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 -
Brakes
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.9 x - TBD - 11.7 x 1.14
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 11.9 x .78
Brake Type Power Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) 10.0 x - TBD - NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 16.5 19
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) - TBD - 3.46
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 17.7 18.5
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 36.7 40.0
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
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 T155/90D16
Front Tire Order Code - TBD - QKG
Spare Tire Order Code - TBD - - TBD -
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA - TBD -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA 1500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA 1500
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA 150
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3385 3664
Wheels
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Alloy
Spare Wheel Material - TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x 7 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact 16 x 4.0
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x 7 16 x 6.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD - 9.0
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 153 @ 5800 169 @ 6200
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System SFI MFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 152 @ 4250 161 @ 5100
Engine Order Code 99Z LE5
Displacement 2.3L/140 2.4L/145
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 20 19
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 26 26
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 22
Transmission
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High - TBD - -
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1) 2.31 2.14
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.57 1.63
Trans Order Code - TBD - MX0-4
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.77 3.91
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.70 0.68
Trans Description Cont. Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low NA -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 2.89 2.96
Clutch Size (in) NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 1.00
Trans Type 4 4
Summary
Vehicle Name Mercury Mariner Saturn VUE
Body Style 4 Door 4 Door SUV
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) NA - TBD -
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 3-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Independent Independent Strut
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score - 6
 
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