The 2008 Mercury Mariner Hybrid gets good marks for safety due to high test scores, but the lack of an electronic stability system is a surprising omission.
Cars.com says stability control “will be offered on the 2009 model, but there were complications engineering the regenerative brakes to work alongside the stability system.”
While the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the Mercury Mariner Hybrid 2008 excellent (five out of five stars) ratings on front and side impact protection, unsurprisingly the SUV did not fare as well in rollover resistance tests, scoring only three stars. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has not tested the 2008 Mercury Mariner Hybrid.
Automotive.com notes that many "safety features have been upgraded substantially for 2008, making equipment that was previously optional standard across the board, and raising the benchmark for small sport-utilities." Autoblog reports that the Mercury Mariner Hybrid "has as standard safety equipment a side-impact protection system consisting of several components," including "Ford's Safety Canopy side air curtains," which "provide head and neck protection for the first- and second-row passengers, and side impact airbags deploy out of the upper portion of the front seats to protect the upper and lower torso of the driver and passenger." The Mercury Mariner Hybrid 2008 also features "occupant friendly door trims with softened armrests, side impact foam bolsters and intrusion door beams that distribute the loading during an impact to the hinge and B pillars."
Fortunately, visibility is not an issue in the Mercury Mariner Hybrid 2008; according to ConsumerGuide, it offers "fine all-around visibility."