2010 Mercury Mariner Hybrid Review

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Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor
June 15, 2010

The traditional, upright lines of the 2010 Mercury Mariner and Mariner Hybrid disguise their actual personas: They're carlike crossovers, with a good ride quality, great maneuverability, and decent handling that belies their high driving position and boxy shape.

If maximum economy is your goal, the 2010 Mercury Mariner Hybrid is fitted with Ford's sophisticated hybrid-electric powertrain. Its durability has been proven over many years of use, including combat duty in New York City taxi fleets. It pairs a specially tuned version of the 2.5-liter four with a hybrid transmission incorporating electric motors that both power the car and recharge the nickel-metal-hydride battery pack over the rear axle.

The Mariner Hybrid is rated at 34 mpg city, 31 mpg highway, though gas mileage falls to 30 mpg city, 27 mpg highway if four-wheel drive is specified.

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