The Mercury Mariner compact SUV was introduced in 2005. It is a sibling of the Mazda Tribute and Ford Escape, although the Mariner is a Luxury SUV and the other two are not. Mechanically, it is identical to the Mazda Tribute. It also includes stylistic differences, such as a two-tone interior, European-style turn signal repeaters, and the signature Mercury satin "Waterfall" grille just to mention a few. The Mariner is Mercury's first car-based SUV, and is slotted below the Mountaineer in the lineup.
The 2008 Mariner is significantly Restyled with a new look.
The changes will include a new grille, headlights, taillights a new liftgate a higher beltline and new doors and wheels.
The interior was also significantly updated with higher quality materials and more refined features.
The Engines will remain the same but the 3.0L Duratec V6 has been modified to reduce fuel consumption by 10% and the 2.3L Hybrid I4 will reduced fuel consuption by 14%.
The 2008 Mercury Mariner and Mariner Hybrid are in Mercury showrooms now.
"The New Mercury Mariner VOGA Edition" This new Mariner features a stylish Moss Green exterior color and chrome grille and badgeing, unique "VOGA" badging, plus chrome 17-inch wheels with "VOGA" center caps. Inside, cashmere leather-trimmed seats sport contrasting Ash stitching and embroidered "VOGA" logos on the front seatbacks, as well as complementary Tarragon Green Metallic paint accents. Also inside there's ambient lighting in your choice of seven shades. The Mercury Mariner VOGA Edition.
The Mariner Hybrid is powered by a 2.3 liter inline-4 running on the Atkinson Cycle. Power is transmitted to all four wheels through a CVT. The Mariner Hybrid is sold as an upgraded model, with only the higher end options missing from its equipment list.
"The overall look is one of polish and refinement." — New Car Test Drive
"Gauges large and legible, controls handy and intuitive." — Consumer Guide
"Two-tone suede and leather seating steals the show...and combined with contrasting stitching, the look is very handsome." — Edmunds.com
"Fun to drive, the Mariner offers impressive road manners for a compact SUV. It drives much like a tautly suspended sedan, with little body roll and responsive steering." — Edmunds.com
"The Mariner is an SUV that drives much like a car. Strong and lightweight unibody construction, as well as a tuned four-wheel independent suspension, gives a supple ride while providing the proper control in emergency maneuvers." - Car and Driver
The Mercury Mariner debuted in late 2004 as a 2005 Luxury compact SUV, which is based on the Ford Escape with enhancements and more luxury touches and features. The Ford Escape was jointly developed with Mazda, in which Ford owns a controlling interest, and was released a few months after the nearly-identical Mazda Tribute. The Escape is sold in Europe as the Ford Maverick while the Mariner is not.
It is built on the Ford CD2 platform, which is in turn based on the Mazda GF platform, which was used by the Mazda6.
For 2008 The Mercury Mariner is significantly restyled .
Customers told Mercury the changes should focus on styling, the reduction of noise and vibration, and the addition of navigation and MP3 compatibility. There's also a new exterior design that raises the Mariner's beltline while tweaking its front and rear fascias, headlights and taillights, liftgate and hood.
Inside there are new seats, which are quite comfortable. The seat's leather looks and feels like quality, as do most of the plastics lining the pillars, doors and dash. Overall, the interior design and materials are a substantial improvement.
The 2008 Mariners ride quality has also been improved significantly also. It's virtually silent with the exception of a few unobtrusive. Even at freeway speeds, tire and wind noise are significantly damped.
It's also safer. All Mariners come standard with side-impact airbags that deploy from the seats, plus curtain-type head protection airbags.
Dual knobs for driver and passenger climate controls are found on either side of the dash, and the temperature display is high on the dashboard above the audio and navigation system. Mercury says this design makes the information easier to read while driving
After flipping up the seat bottoms and removing the headrests — a lengthy process relative to its competition — the Mariner's rear seats fold flat to accommodate 66.2 cubic feet of cargo space, some 7.6 cubic feet more than the Mazda CX-7.