The 2008 Mercury Mariner Hybrid offers a good level of comfort, but experts at TheCarConnection.com note that some may find cargo space lacking.
This is a "five-seat Mariner Hybrid," according to Cars.com. The word from Automotive.com is that the Mariner Hybrid’s seats "should have enough cush to prevent butt numbing and enough support to limit fatigue during a long commute." ConsumerGuide reports "adult-size headroom and legroom, but the optional sunroof trims head clearance a bit for tall occupants." According to Edmunds, the backseat is "roomy and comfortable enough to keep a pair of adults content on road trips," and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel notes that "with almost a flat floor, there's knee and foot room for the center passenger and, surprisingly, the designers also gave that person a reasonably comfortable seating position."
The Mariner Hybrid’s cargo and storage space is generous, but slightly compromised because of the need for battery storage under the cargo floor. Car and Driver complains that "cargo provisions aren't up to snuff," although according to Edmunds, "there are almost 28 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats with up to 66 cubic feet when folded."
The Mariner’s interior receives upgrades this year, but not all reviewers re convinced its a step forward. According to Cars.com, the "updated cabin still feels cheap, with missing convenience features and substandard materials." Edmunds notes a drawback unique to the Mariner Hybrid power system: "its lack of an electric air-conditioning compressor...means that the cabin only stays cool when the engine is running." Like most hybrids, however, the 2008 Mercury Mariner Hybrid is exceptionally quiet; Autoblog says it's "12 percent quieter on the highway and 20 percent quieter in high velocity cross winds."