Compare 2008 Mercury Mariner vs 2009 Saturn VUE

2008 Mercury Mariner
2009 Saturn VUE
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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 I4 XE
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door I4 XE 19 26 $22,116 $23,280
FWD 4-Door I4 XR 19 26 $23,744 $25,395
AWD 4-Door V6 XE 16 23 $24,657 $25,955
FWD 4-Door V6 XR 17 24 $24,716 $26,435
AWD 4-Door V6 XR 16 23 $26,586 $28,435
FWD 4-Door V6 Red Line 17 24 $27,054 $28,935
AWD 4-Door V6 Red Line 16 23 $28,924 $30,935
Pricing
Invoice Price
$19,215
$22,116
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$21,540
$23,280
Monthly Payment Estimate
$359 / month
$388 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.6
8.0
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
City
20 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
26 mpg 26 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
2WD Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
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 -
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
Exterior Dimensions
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
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 -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
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 -
Brakes
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
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.5 19
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
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
Tires
Spare Tire Size
Compact T155/90D16
Front Tire Order Code
- TBD - QKG
Spare Tire Order Code
- TBD - - TBD -
Rear Tire Size
P235/70TR16 P235/65R16
Rear Tire Order Code
- TBD - QKG
Front Tire Size
P235/70TR16 P235/65R16
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 150
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
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3385 3664
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7 16 x 6.5
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
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 9.0
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
152 @ 4250 161 @ 5100
Engine Order Code
99Z LE5
Displacement
2.3L/140 2.4L/145
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
153 @ 5800 169 @ 6200
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
SFI MFI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
26 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
20 19
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 22
Transmission
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 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
Summary
Vehicle Name
Mercury Mariner Saturn VUE
Body Style
4 Door 4 Door SUV
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Independent Strut
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
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 6

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