2008 Mercury Mountaineer vs. Its Competition

2008 Mercury Mountaineer
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

Ford sells about times as many Explorers as Mercury does Mountaineers.

Editors from TheCarConnection.com offer a myriad of answers why, but mostly it's because Mercury drivers are using Mountaineers as car and/or minivan substitutes, not as truck alternatives.

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2009 GMC Acadia SLE12009 GMC Acadia
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2009 Honda Pilot2009 Honda Pilot
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2008 Toyota Highlander 4WD 4-door Limited (Natl) Angular Front Exterior View2008 Toyota Highlander
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Quick Specs
The 2008 Mercury Mountaineer is what an Explorer looks like in lipstick and heels.
The 2009 Ford Flex is one of the most stylish new crossovers, with great passenger room and more features than some minivans.
The 2009 GMC Acadia is better-looking than most minivans, and a whole lot more useful than full-size SUVs for passenger duty.
The 2009 Honda Pilot looks more SUV-like in its second edition, but it has the room of a minivan, along with some notable styling miscues and expensive choices to make from the options list.
Most Americans prefer mushy white bread, and the 2008 Toyota Highlander is a larger, high-quality "loaf" that will satisfy most every consumer.
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13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6
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2WD Sport Utility Vehicles2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name    
RWD 4-Door V64-Door SE FWDFWD 4-Door SLE12WD 4-Door LXFWD 4-Door Base (SE)
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
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Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
4 Door4 Door4 Door4 Door4 Door
Automatic w/ODAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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