The 2009 Mercury Mountaineer offers up to three rows of seating and a relatively plush interior, though as with most other SUVs, that third-row seat is a little snug for anyone larger than a “tweener.”
The Mountaineer’s basics give drivers some flexibility with people and cargo. Automotive.com reports that the "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 2009 Premier models "have reclining seatbacks." ConsumerGuide points out "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 contends 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 acceptable, according to most reviews TheCarConnection.com read. ConsumerGuide says that the Mercury Mountaineer 2009'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 2009 interior materials are "mostly solid-feeling...many surfaces are hard plastic, however, which we deem inappropriate given Mountaineer's upscale intentions."
For a truck-derived sport-ute, the Mountaineer has pleasant road manners. Most reviewers say that the ride is quite comfortable, but ConsumerGuide places the Mercury Mountaineer 2009 "among the best of traditional truck-type SUVs...compliant, and devoid of sloppy motions."