Compare 2008 Mercury Mountaineer vs 2009 Honda Pilot

2008 Mercury Mountaineer
2009 Honda Pilot
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RWD 4-Door V6
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
RWD 4-Door V6 14 20 $23,934 $26,800
AWD 4-Door V6 13 19 $25,980 $29,125
RWD 4-Door V6 Premier 14 20 $26,138 $29,305
RWD 4-Door V8 Premier 13 20 $27,291 $30,615
AWD 4-Door V6 Premier 13 19 $28,180 $31,625
AWD 4-Door V8 Premier 13 19 $29,333 $32,935
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2WD 4-Door LX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD 4-Door LX 17 23 $25,101 $27,695
4WD 4-Door LX 16 22 $26,546 $29,295
2WD 4-Door EX 17 23 $27,631 $30,495
4WD 4-Door EX 16 22 $29,077 $32,095
2WD 4-Door EX-L 17 23 $30,522 $33,695
2WD 4-Door EX-L w/RES 17 23 $31,968 $35,295
4WD 4-Door EX-L 16 22 $31,968 $35,295
2WD 4-Door w/Navi Touring 17 23 $33,414 $36,895
4WD 4-Door w/RES EX-L 16 22 $33,414 $36,895
2WD 4-Door w/RES & Navi Touring 17 23 $34,860 $38,495
4WD 4-Door w/Navi Touring 16 22 $34,860 $38,495
4WD 4-Door w/RES & Navi Touring 16 22 $36,306 $40,095
Pricing
Invoice Price
$23,934
$25,101
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$26,800
$27,695
Monthly Payment Estimate
$447 / month
$462 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2008 Mercury Mountaineer is what an Explorer looks like in lipstick and heels. The 2009 Honda Pilot looks more SUV-like in its second edition, but it has the room of a minivan, along with some notable styling miscues and expensive choices to make from the options list.
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Fuel Economy
City
14 mpg 17 mpg
Highway
20 mpg 23 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
2WD Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Front Leg Room (in)
42.4 41.4
Third Head Room (in)
NA 38.2
Front Hip Room (in)
55.4 58.6
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- TBD - 153.7
Third Shoulder Room (in)
NA 58.9
Second Leg Room (in)
36.9 38.5
Front Head Room (in)
39.8 40.0
Second Hip Room (in)
55.5 56.9
Front Shoulder Room (in)
59.0 61.5
Passenger Capacity
5 8
Third Leg Room (in)
NA 32.1
Second Head Room (in)
38.7 39.8
Third Hip Room (in)
NA 48.4
Second Shoulder Room (in)
59 62.2
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.2 8.0
Length, Overall (in)
193.4 190.9
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
72.8 71.0
Liftover Height (in)
33.7 NA
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.8 67.5
Wheelbase (in)
113.7 109.2
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73.7 78.5
Track Width, Front (in)
60.9 67.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
85.8 87.0
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA 18.0
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - NA
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
45.1 47.7
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - NA
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.85 x - TBD - 13.1 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.0 x - TBD - 13.0 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
22.5 21.0
Steering
Steering Type
Variable Assist Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 3.69
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
18.9 19.0
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.8 38.6
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Rear Tire Size
P245/65R17 P245/65R17
Rear Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Front Tire Size
P245/65R17 P245/65R17
Spare Tire Size
P245/65R17 Compact
Front Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
350 350
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
525 350
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3500 3500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3500 3500
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4539 4319
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 17 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 17 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
12.2 9.93
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
121 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
650 - TBD -
Engine
Displacement
4.0L/245 3.5L/212
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
210 @ 5100 250 @ 5700
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System
SEFI MPFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
254 @ 3700 253 @ 4800
Engine Order Code
99E NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
20 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
14 17
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 19
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.54 1.07
Trans Type
5 5
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA -
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.71 0.61
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 1.89
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.29 1.61
Trans Order Code
- TBD - NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.55 4.31
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.77
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)
3.22 2.70
Summary
Vehicle Name
Mercury Mountaineer Honda Pilot
Body Style
4 Door 4 Door
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Trailing Arms
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - 1.04
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 0.91
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Multi-link
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 5

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