The 2009 Mercury Mountaineer is a dressed-up Ford Explorer. But that’s not a bad thing, as the Explorer has one of the best, most recognized shapes of the truck-based SUVs. Overall, reviewers don’t have much to say about its style.
According to sources from around the Web—and in the opinion of TheCarConnection.com’s editors—the Mountaineer’s exterior styling is clean and uncluttered, with the chrome grille looking right at home. Some reviewers, however, such as the one writing at Car and Driver, find that the Mercury Mountaineer "styling looks perhaps too familiar," which is not surprising. The Mountaineer shares much of its sheetmetal, and even its detailing, with the Explorer, but Kelley Blue Book does not necessarily consider this a detriment: "the Mercury Mountaineer takes the rugged good looks of the Explorer and stamps Mercury's new styling theme on its sheetmetal."
The Mountaineer’s interior sports a more urbane look than that of the Explorer, but it’s still straightforward, uncomplicated, and handsome. Kelley Blue Book says the Mercury Mountaineer 2009 "interior is beautifully arranged, with high-quality plastics and an intelligent dash design." A reviewer at MotherProof observes "opening...the doors on the Mercury Mountaineer elicits big wows everywhere we go."