2010 Mercury Mountaineer vs. Its Competition

2010 Mercury Mountaineer RWD 4-door V6 Premier Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

Although the 2010 Mountaineer is based on the Ford Explorer, its styling is a little more carlike, and most people are buying them as minivan alternatives; people are more likely to cross-shop the Mountaineer with modern crossovers such as the Ford Flex or Chevrolet Traverse.

Both vehicles have a more passenger-friendly interior, as well as better ride and handling than the Mountaineer.

The Flex's Lincoln sibling, the MKX, also has better passenger comfort while offering comparable cargo versatility.

The Honda Pilot boasts a little more truck toughness but still shows its car roots—and it seats up to eight.

But for those who look to a vehicle like this for off-road ability, the Toyota 4Runner might be a better choice; its interior doesn't feel as spacious, but it's been redesigned for 2010 to be even more refined without sacrificing off-road ability.

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Quick Specs
The 2010 Mercury Mountaineer is just a dressed-up Ford Explorer, though its styling is a better match for family duty.
Strong, sturdy, and spacious, yet carlike in some ways, the 2010 Chevrolet Traverse offers a very appealing compromise.
The 2010 Ford Flex is one of the most stylish new crossovers on the market, with great passenger room and enough features to make everyone happy.
If you can deal with its overwrought styling, the 2010 Honda Pilot is an excellent family vehicle, with the space and comfort of a minivan and good overall performance.
The 2010 Lincoln MKX lives up to its luxury aspirations, offering a classy take on American style.
The 2010 Toyota 4Runner is a brawny “true truck” worth serious consideration if tough off-roading capability for regular trail driving is one of your requirements—and it won’t sacrifice comfort the rest of the time.
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2WD Sport Utility Vehicles2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicles2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
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RWD 4-DoorFWD 4-Door LS4-Door SE FWD2WD 4-Door LXFWD 4-DoorRWD 4-Door L4 SR5 (GS)
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
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4 Door4 Door4 Door4 Door4 Door SUV4 Door SR5
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