It would have been easy to list two dozen alternatives to the 2009 Mercury Mariner if one looked outside the narrow interpretation of what constitutes a compact SUV.
But one of the closest competitors to the Mariner is the all-new Dodge Journey.
In terms of styling, the Journey has strong looks that turn heads and plenty of features inside, such as multiple cubbies and rich infotainment options.
However, the Journey's interior design isn't pleasing to the eye, and the materials feel subpar for the category―not just in comparison to the Mariner.
In terms of driving dynamics, the Honda CR-V is one of our all-time favorites, but some people have a hard time getting past the SUV's styling and the lack of optional V-6 power.
More people admire the styling of the all-new Saturn Vue.
Like the Mariner, the Vue offers a hybrid option (a second hybrid choice is on the way for the Vue).
The Hyundai Tucson drives more like the pre-2009 Mariners, but does so with a low price and an especially long warranty.
|2009 Mercury MarinerBrowse Used Listings||2009 Dodge JourneyBrowse Used Listings||2009 Saturn VUEBrowse Used Listings||2008 Honda CR-VBrowse Used Listings||2008 Hyundai TucsonBrowse Used Listings||2008 Nissan RogueBrowse Used Listings|
|17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4|
|2WD Sport Utility Vehicles||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility||2WD Sport Utility||FWD Sport Utility|
|FWD 4-Door I4||FWD 4-Door SE||FWD 4-Door I4 XE||2WD 5-Door LX||FWD 4-Door I4 Manual GLS *Ltd Avail*||FWD 4-Door S|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door||4dr SUV||4 Door SUV||5 Door||4 Door Sport Utility||4 Door|
|Automatic w/OD||Automatic||Automatic w/OD||Automatic||Manual w/OD||Continuously Variable|