The Mariner Hybrid presents a more refined style than its platform-mate, the Ford Escape Hybrid, with a different grille and interior appointments. But the cars are identical in powertrain and cabin gadgets.

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The exterior of the Mariner Hybrid features a smooth design, where fog lights and headlights are integrated into the body.

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The Mariner Hybrid has a functional design, as do most small SUVs. The upright seating means easy access, with ample cargo space in the rear.

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Hybrid logos are conspicuously placed around the Mariner Hybrid, on the tailgate and the sides of the car.

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The cargo space in the Mariner Hybrid is larger than on many other small SUVs we've seen.

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The interior fit and finish shows some build quality in the Mariner Hybrid.

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This new navigation system is a huge improvement over the system in the previous generation with a bigger map. But we're not crazy about the map's resolution.

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The navigation system's address database presents the usual selection of categories.

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We found the channel guide a convenient way to select satellite radio stations.

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The auxiliary input is conveniently placed at the bottom of the stack, near a 12 volt outlet which can be used to power your MP3 player.

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We like the fine-tuning available on the stereo, but the speakers and amplifier are only good, not great.

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First-time hybrid drivers will be fascinated by the energy-flow diagram.

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This screen shows fuel economy for 15 minutes of city driving, with the over 60 mpg bars representing times the car was running under electric power.

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We would have liked audio controls on the steering wheel.

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The charge/assist gauge on the upper right of the instrument cluster is unique to the hybrid version of the Mariner.

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The Mariner Hybrid uses a 2.3-liter Atkinson cycle 4 cylinder engine, along with a 70 kilowatt electric motor.

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