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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
can be fitted to carry up to five or seven occupants
plenty of room on comfortable seats
pleasingly quiet on the road
The 2008 Mercury Mountaineer offers three rows of seating and a relatively plush interior, though as with most other SUVs, that third-row seat is a little tight for adults.
The Mountaineer’s basics give drivers some flexibility with people and cargo. Automotive.com reports that the "2008 Mercury Mountaineer offers three interior layouts: five-passenger, six-passenger or seven-passenger," along with "multi-adjustable front seats make for comfortable commutes." Cars.com says that "second-row seats can be ordered as either a bench or bucket seats," and Mercury Mountaineer 2008 Premier models "have reclining seatbacks." ConsumerGuide "plenty of room on comfortable seats...three adults can squeeze across in the roomy 2nd row," while amazingly, "third-row headroom is expansive, and legroom is surprisingly good." On the other hand, Kelley Blue Book that "the third row is narrow and low to the floor, making long trips uncomfortable for adults"--which is the usual case for SUVs.
Mercury Mountaineer storage space is decent, according to Automotive.com, who reports that a "second- and third-row seats fold down to reveal a useful rear cargo area." ConsumerGuide says that the Mercury Mountaineer 2008's rear "separate-opening hatch glass is handy, but the hatch itself is weighty to open or close...second- and 3rd-row seats fold nearly flat for ample cargo room." However, "aside from a large console box, interior storage is meager."
Opinions on cabin materials are fairly consistent from what we've seen at TheCarConnection.com. The interior Mercury Mountaineer materials "are generally nice, though there are some plastics that smack of cost-cutting," according to Automotive.com, which adds that "front door handles and door pulls are strangely placed and are at first awkward to use." ConsumerGuide is less than complimentary, saying that Mercury Mountaineer 2008 interior materials are "mostly solid-feeling...many surfaces are hard plastic, however, which we deem inappropriate given Mountaineer's upscale intentions."
A spacious, flexible cabin gives the 2008 Mercury Mountaineer plenty of room for adults and cargo.