2009 Mercury Mariner vs. Its Competition

2009 Mercury Mariner
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

It would have been easy to list two dozen alternatives to the 2009 Mercury Mariner if one looked outside the narrow interpretation of what constitutes a compact SUV.

But one of the closest competitors to the Mariner is the all-new Dodge Journey.

In terms of styling, the Journey has strong looks that turn heads and plenty of features inside, such as multiple cubbies and rich infotainment options.

However, the Journey's interior design isn't pleasing to the eye, and the materials feel subpar for the category―not just in comparison to the Mariner.

In terms of driving dynamics, the Honda CR-V is one of our all-time favorites, but some people have a hard time getting past the SUV's styling and the lack of optional V-6 power.

More people admire the styling of the all-new Saturn Vue.

Like the Mariner, the Vue offers a hybrid option (a second hybrid choice is on the way for the Vue).

The Hyundai Tucson drives more like the pre-2009 Mariners, but does so with a low price and an especially long warranty.

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Quick Specs
The 2009 Mercury Mariner is an attractive and capable compact SUV, now with vastly improved performance.
As a smaller crossover, the Journey's a good alternative to the Saturn Vue and Subaru Forester, maybe even to a Dodge Grand Caravan--just don't pile on the expensive options.
With its available V-6 engine, the 2009 Saturn Vue is a bit more fun to drive than other compact SUVs; otherwise it’s not a standout.
The 2008 Honda CR-V doesn't have hip style or performance on tap, but it has the security, utility, and frugality that many sensible moms want.
The 2008 Hyundai Tucson no longer stands out in its class for performance or safety, but it’s still a great value.
With the 2009 Nissan Rogue, the crossover market gets another right-sized entry that’s just a little tighter inside than the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4.
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Gas Mileage     
17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class     
2WD Sport Utility Vehicles2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility2WD Sport UtilityFWD Sport Utility
Style Name     
FWD 4-Door I4FWD 4-Door SEFWD 4-Door I4 XE2WD 5-Door LXFWD 4-Door I4 Manual GLS *Ltd Avail*FWD 4-Door S w/CA Emissions
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
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Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
4 Door4dr SUV4 Door SUV5 Door4 Door Sport Utility4 Door
Automatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomaticManual w/ODContinuously Variable
Detailed Spec Comparison
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