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SAFETY | 7 out of 10
Safety features include ABS, traction control
Five stars, front impact; five stars, side impact
Good" ratings for both frontal offset impact and side impact
The 2010 Mercury Mariner and Mariner Hybrid get decent marks for safety despite a basic design that's a decade old, which many reviews read by TheCarConnection.com explicitly mention.
Both the IIHS and NHTSA award the Mercury Mariner their highest possible marks in every impact category. In NHTSA tests, the 2010 Mercury Mariner earns a five-star rating in all four frontal impact tests and side impact tests. The IIHS also gives the Mercury Mariner its highest possible rating, "good," in both the frontal offset and side impact tests.
ConsumerGuide reports that "available safety features include ABS, traction control, antiskid system, curtain side airbags and front side airbags." Electronic stability control is standard, as is a tire-pressure monitoring system.
Edmunds notes that "a rollover sensor" for the curtain airbags is standard. On the other hand, they point out that the Mercury Mariner's "rear brakes were downgraded to inferior drums," saying the Mariner "continues to bear this badge of shame." TheCarConnection.com's editors remark that drum brakes weigh more and may be inferior for high-speed braking ability, but cost less for manufacturers to fit.
The 2010 Mercury Mariner and Mariner Hybrid are two of relatively few small sport-utility vehicles to be rated three stars for rollover from NHTSA-in both front-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive models.
While some new crossovers are notorious for poor visibility-Chevrolet Equinox, we're talking to you-the compact Mercury Mariner and Mariner Hybrid don't suffer from this common SUV criticism. In fact, ConsumerGuide proclaims that the Mercury Mariner offers "fine all-around visibility," thanks to its commanding driving position and large windows. An available Rear View Camera System is a new option for 2010, further improving rear vision.
The 2010 Mercury Mariner and Mariner Hybrid get good marks for safety, compromised by rear drum brakes and lower-than-usual rollover ratings.