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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
Five stars, front and side impacts; three stars, rollover resistance
Safety features include dual-stage front airbags
side curtain airbags that protect first and second-row occupants are standard
impressive array of safety features
Kelley Blue Book
Only the vehicle's top-heaviness and tendency to roll--typical of all SUVs--keep the experts at TheCarConnection.com from giving the 2008 Mercury Mountaineer a perfect 10 in the safety category.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) the 2008 Mercury Mountaineer five out of five stars for front and side impact protection, but only three stars for rollover resistance. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), which conducts more rigorous tests, the Mountaineer its top rating of "ood" in frontal offset tests, but the second-highest rating of "cceptable" for side impact tests. In rear impact tests, however, the Mercury Mountaineer receives the lowest rating of "oor."
Kelley Blue Book reports that the Mercury Mountaineer 2008 "has an impressive array of safety features, with crumple zones in the front fenders, three-point seat belts at all positions and a side-curtain airbag system that deploys to cover seventy-five percent of the side glass area," plus the "standard Safety Canopy airbag system protects passengers in the event of a rollover or side collision." According to Cars.com, "antilock brakes, side-impact and side curtain airbags that protect first- and second-row occupants are standard" for Mercury Mountaineer 2008, "as is an electronic stability system." Automotive.com adds that safety features fitted on all Mercury Mountaineers include "curtain airbags [that] have a sensor to activate in a rollover, a tire-pressure monitor, antilock brakes with brake assist [and] traction control." This source also mentions that the Mercury Mountaineer 2008 stability control has rollover mitigation, which uses traction control and stability control to lower the risk of a rollover.
ConsumerGuide reports that Mercury Mountaineer "outward visibility is hindered somewhat by thick roof pillars, but the 2nd- and 3rd-row headrests fold to reduce the obstruction"; in any event, Kelley Blue Book notes an "optional Reverse Sensing System alerts you to objects behind the vehicle that are out of the range of the rearview mirror" available for the 2008 Mercury Mountaineer.
The 2008 Mercury Mountaineer does a superior job of protecting its occupants.