The new engine is expected to gain 1 mpg in both city and highway fuel economy when equipped with the new six-speed transmission, as compared to the previous model's smaller-displacement 2. Sirius Travel Link, another option, provides navigation plus real-time traffic, weather, and fuel prices among other features, and can be easily controlled by voice commands. The recall began on July 18, 2014. Powertrain sound quality is enhanced by a new air induction system for V-6 engine models and a new exhaust system on all models. Those are all good things, because the redesigned 2008 Mariner left me lukewarm.
It provides ample room for four adults, but driving with three across the rear bench seat is best left for shorter trips. Sirius Travel Link is also optional. All three have gas-electric hybrid versions, also covered in the Cars. A responsive and fuel-efficient six-speed automatic is newly offered with either engine standard with the V-6. This engine uses Ford's new six-speed transmission exclusively in place of the four-speed automatic used previously.
Responsive with its peak 166 ft. Mercury Mariner was up 2. Total passenger volume is 99. Depending on the trim level, the seats are available in a monochromatic color scheme or two-toned with Alcantara suede inserts. Inside, materials and appointments were extensively upgraded for 2008, including matte-metallic accents and a two-tiered instrument panel. The standard six-speed automatic operates effortlessly and helps the Mariner see improvements in both performance and fuel economy.
The vehicles' suspension has been revised and retuned, with the addition of a new rear stabilizer bar and revised shock absorber tuning, helping to deliver a balance of enhanced ride comfort and handling confidence. This gives Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner a 1. Safety In crash tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Mariner earned the top score, Good, for side impacts. Customers looking for more power can order the optional 3. The electric-assist power steering system delivers good steering response and eliminates the need for a belt-driven pump, which draws power from the engine.
The system automatically engages counter measures to help the driver maintain maximum control and reduce the risk of rollover. Four front airbags are standard, as are side-curtain airbags that extend into the second row. All three have gas-electric hybrid versions, also covered in the Cars. Then one latch per seatback must be released. Like before, antilock braking is standard. Enhanced Dynamics, Ride ComfortThe 2009 Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner feature a series of chassis system upgrades that improve dynamic capability, steering response and ride comfort. Other aspects of the 2009 Mercury Mariner's performance have improved as well, with the notable exception of braking.
Antilock brakes, traction control and an electronic stability system are also standard. The plug-in research vehicle uses high voltage, lithium-ion batteries and can travel up to 30 miles on battery power alone before switching to full hybrid mode, delivering the equivalent of up to 120 miles per gallon for far fewer trips to the gas station. And they built more of them than all the other car companies combined, and sold more of them too. A lot has changed on the Mercury Mariner when compared to last year's model, but one aspect left largely untouched is the styling. Surprisingly, the Hybrid holds nearly the same values as the V6 Premier models.
Starting with the base 4-cylinder, the engine has been updated to a 2. New four-cylinder and V-6 drivetrains produce more power with better gas mileage, and ride quality and braking performance have improved. For a lot of you, the Mariner should prove adequate. We tried to give our customers more of both, so there wouldn't be any compromise with Escape and Mariner. Sustainable ComfortThe 2009 Escape and Mariner score in both comfort and sustainability with the addition of new comfort-designed seats. A wider range of gear ratios is key to the six-speed transmission's ability to deliver this combination of performance and fuel economy.
The Nav system was fairly easy to use I give it a 4 on a scale of 5. The rear seats are livable, but the bottom cushions are a bit short for adults. The Premier model I drove was finished with a quality paint job and featured two-tone leather seats. The blue-green instrument lighting is extremely easy to read. Because it operates only when required for steering assistance, it contributes to lower fuel consumption than the hydraulic pump, which operated constantly during engine operation. If you're looking for more power, the significantly enhanced 3. In addition to the updated engines, Ford has also replaced the archaic 4-speed automatic with a new six-speed which helps improve performance and fuel economy.
Escape Hybrid and Mariner Hybrid are the only small hybrids to offer such an advanced safety technology. Horsepower increases 11 percent to 170 and the mpg increases by 1. Show full review The 2009 Mercury Mariner has been mechanically overhauled, on the heels of a total redesign for 2008. Cargo space is respectable on the 2009 Mercury Mariner, but unlocking the Mercury Mariner's full potential in this regard can be a hassle. The 2009 Mercury Mariner gets high marks for safety. Among its strong points is the powertrain line-up, with a new 2. Mulally also reaffirmed that Ford will reach benchmark levels of new or significantly freshened products, delivering a showroom with 70 percent new or freshened vehicles by the end of 2008 and 100 percent by 2010.
That two-toned theme carried over onto the door trims, as well as the dash and console trim, making a very handsome, upscale looking interior. Recall Date 2015-06-03 Description The Timken Company Timken is recalling certain aftermarket front wheel bearings, part number 510072, sold from January 22, 2015, to May 21, 2015, to be used as service parts on 2001-2012 Ford Escape, 2001-2011 Mazda Tribute, and 2005-2011 Mercury Mariner vehicles. The new engine offers an 11 percent increase in power output versus the 2. Elements like the hazards button and overhead sunglass holders look like they were added as an afterthought, and the center controls and gearshift surroundings go overboard with silver-painted plastic. With the introduction of the 2009 models, the Escape Hybrid adds a new model, the Escape Limited Hybrid. My only beef concerns the six-speed automatic, which seemed even choppier here than it does with the V-6.