2010 Mercury Mariner vs. Its Competition

2010 Mercury Mariner FWD 4-door Angular Front Exterior View
John Voelcker John Voelcker Senior Editor

The compact SUV category is so competitive, there are perhaps a dozen strong alternatives to the 2010 Mercury Mariner and Mariner Hybrid.

The most popular are the Toyota RAV4, which offers a seven-seat model, and the Honda CR-V, with its excellent driving dynamics and a softer, more fluid design.

The CR-V lacks a V-6, however-as does the Hyundai Tucson, which benefits from a long warranty and low price.

The GMC Terrain, new for 2010, is even squarer, butcher, and more SUV-like, with none of the Mariner's nicer design flourishes.

Another radically styled alternative is the Nissan Rogue, at the opposite end of the design spectrum from the upright Mariner.

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Quick Specs
7.4
The 2010 Mercury Mariner and Mariner Hybrid have aged well, remaining attractive, capable, and fuel-efficient with more than a little style.
7.6
Despite similarities to the Chevy Equinox, the 2010 GMC Terrain stands on its own as a boldly styled, efficient, and high-featured small/mid-size crossover.
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The 2010 Honda CR-V is a bit homely, but it fits right in for those placing the priority on frugality, safety, and interior space.
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The 2010 Hyundai Tucson doesn't quite take the title of best small crossover, but it handily grabs "most improved" honors.
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The 2010 Nissan Rogue doesn’t wow in any respect, but provided you don’t expect driving excitement its solid set of features, safety, and decent performance won’t let you down.
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Though it might wear a spare tire on its tail like the hard-core SUVs of yore, don't let that throw you off. The 2010 Toyota RAV4 is actually a practical, fuel-efficient choice for frugal families on the go.
MSRP From     
$23,560$24,250$21,545$18,995$20,460$21,675
Gas Mileage     
20 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class     
2WD Sport Utility Vehicles2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility2WD Sport UtilityFWD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name     
FWD 4-DoorFWD 4-Door SLE-12WD 5-Door LXFWD 4-Door I4 Manual GLSFWD 4-Door SFWD 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 Door5 Door4 Door Sport Utility4 Door4 Door
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAutomaticAutomaticManual w/ODContinuously VariableAutomatic w/OD