2008 Mercury Mariner vs. Its Competition

2008 Mercury Mariner
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The 2008 Mercury Mariner is superior to the 2007 models.

This keeps it competitive with the Chevrolet Equinox and Suzuki XL7, but that's not saying much.

The all-new Saturn Vue, Honda CR-V, and Toyota RAV4 are newer designs that offer more refinement than the 2008 Mariner with roughly equal capabilities.

The all-new 2009 Dodge Journey also takes aim at the Mariner, and its overtly crossover style may attract a lot of lookers.

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Quick Specs
7.6
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.
7.8
With mediocre handling and fuel economy, the 2009 Chevrolet Equinox isn’t that appealing, but it still offers superior cabin space.
8.4
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.
8.0
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.
7.8
The 2008 Honda CR-V doesn't have hip style or performance on tap, but it has the security, utility, and frugality that many sensible moms want.
7.6
The 2008 Toyota RAV4 brings a little more space than most compact SUVs without a mid-size price.
MSRP From     
$21,540$24,315$20,925$23,280$20,700$21,500
Gas Mileage     
17 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas I4Gas V6Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class     
2WD Sport Utility Vehicles2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name     
FWD 4-Door I4FWD 4-Door LSFWD 4-Door SEFWD 4-Door I4 XE2WD 5-Door LXFWD 4-Door 4-cyl 4-Speed AT (GS)
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
4 Door4 Door4dr SUV4 Door SUV5 Door4 Door
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/OD