X

Photos: 2009 Mercury Mariner Hybrid

Sporting Ford's Sync system and Sirius Travel Link, the Mercury Mariner Hybrid features some of the best cabin tech in the business, we're only let down by the mediocre audio quality of the stereo. The engine also gets an update for the 2009 model year.

Wayne Cunningham
Wayne Cunningham reviews cars and writes about automotive technology for CNET's Roadshow. Prior to the automotive beat, he covered spyware, Web building technologies, and computer hardware. He began covering technology and the Web in 1994 as an editor of The Net magazine.
Wayne Cunningham
33367944_OVR.JPG
1 of 25 Corinne Schulze/CBS Interactive

2009 Mercury Mariner Hybrid

The Mercury Mariner and stablemate the Ford Escape are two small SUV models from Ford, with identical drivetrain options. Ford began offering full hybrid versions of the cars for the 2005 model year.
33367944_FRONT.JPG
2 of 25 Corinne Schulze/CBS Interactive

Grille design

Styling differentiates the Mercury Mariner Hybrid with the Ford Escape Hybrid, such as the different grille designs.
33367944_SS01.JPG
3 of 25 Corinne Schulze/CBS Interactive

Hybrid horsepower

The 2009 Mariner Hybrid gets a bigger engine than its predecessor, up to 2.5-liters from 2.3-liters. The addition of an electric motor gives the car a net 177 horsepower.
33367944_SIDE.JPG
4 of 25 Corinne Schulze/CBS Interactive

Room for five

As a small SUV, the Mariner Hybrid has room for five, plus cargo space, with a high driving position.
33367944_SS02.JPG
5 of 25 Corinne Schulze/CBS Interactive

Ride quality

The Mariner Hybrid is top-heavy, so not designed for spirited driving. The suspension delivers a comfortable ride.
33367944_SS03.JPG
6 of 25 Corinne Schulze/CBS Interactive

Back glass

The back glass opens independently from the tailgate, making access easy.
33367944_SS04.JPG
7 of 25 Corinne Schulze/CBS Interactive

Cargo space

Opening the tailgate allows full access to the cargo area, a space that can be increased by folding down the second row seats.
33367944_INTERIOR.JPG
8 of 25 Corinne Schulze/CBS Interactive

Interior materials

The Mariner Hybrid isn't that much more luxurious than the Escape Hybrid, but the leather and chrome accents are nice.
33367944_SS05.JPG
9 of 25 Corinne Schulze/CBS Interactive

Electric power steering

The Mariner Hybrid uses electric power steering, helping out the fuel economy. Many new models are coming out with this feature.
33367944_SS07.JPG
10 of 25 Corinne Schulze/CBS Interactive

Green zone

When the needle is in the tachometer's green zone, the engine has shut off, usually at a stop light or in traffic.
33367944_SS08.JPG
11 of 25 Corinne Schulze/CBS Interactive

Transmission

As with most full hybrids, the Mariner Hybrid uses a continuously variable transmission, delivering smooth acceleration.
33367944_SS06.JPG
12 of 25 Corinne Schulze/CBS Interactive

Sync button

The voice button on the steering wheel activates the car's Sync system, which lets you play music just by saying an artist's name.
33367944_SS09.JPG
13 of 25 Corinne Schulze/CBS Interactive

Power flow

This power flow animation shows the car working in hybrid mode, drawing power from both the engine and electric motor.
33367944_SS10.JPG
14 of 25 Corinne Schulze/CBS Interactive

Maps

Maps are rich and colorful, and include useful information such as traffic flow on major roads.
33367944_SS11.JPG
15 of 25 Corinne Schulze/CBS Interactive

On-screen keyboard

We like this simple onscreen keyboard method of address entry.
33367944_SS12.JPG
16 of 25 Corinne Schulze/CBS Interactive

Weather information

Sirius Travel Link brings in weather information, complete with a five day forecast and a weather map for the whole country.
33367944_SS14.JPG
17 of 25 Corinne Schulze/CBS Interactive

Gas prices

One key feature of Sirius Travel Link are fuel prices, which can be sorted by cheapest to most expensive.
33367944_SS15.JPG
18 of 25 Corinne Schulze/CBS Interactive

Movie times

The system also includes movie times, making it particularly easy to plan impromptu outings.
33367944_SS16.JPG
19 of 25 Corinne Schulze/CBS Interactive

Sync phone system

The Sync Bluetooth phone system is very good. It can import your phone's contact list and give you voice commands for calling friends.
33367944_SS17.JPG
20 of 25 Corinne Schulze/CBS Interactive

Sirius satellite radio

Sirius satellite radio is present, and includes little graphics for the current station.
33367944_SS19.JPG
21 of 25 Corinne Schulze/CBS Interactive

MP3 CDs

The single disc slot can read MP3 CDs, but the interface merely shows folders.
33367944_SS18.JPG
22 of 25 Corinne Schulze/CBS Interactive

USB port

The USB port can be used for a USB drive, an iPod, and many other kinds of MP3 players.
33367944_SS20.JPG
23 of 25 Corinne Schulze/CBS Interactive

Track display

The track display shows various information about the currently playing music, and allows access to the Music Library.
33367944_SS21.JPG
24 of 25 Corinne Schulze/CBS Interactive

Music Library

In the Music Library, you can choose to browse music by album, artist, and genre, whether your music is on an MP3 player or USB drive.
33367944_SS22.JPG
25 of 25 Corinne Schulze/CBS Interactive

Audio system

The premium audio system in the Mariner Hybrid has seven speakers and a subwoofer, but isn't all that good.

More Galleries

My Favorite Shots From the Galaxy S24 Ultra's Camera
A houseplant

My Favorite Shots From the Galaxy S24 Ultra's Camera

20 Photos
Honor's Magic V2 Foldable Is Lighter Than Samsung's Galaxy S24 Ultra
magic-v2-2024-foldable-1383

Honor's Magic V2 Foldable Is Lighter Than Samsung's Galaxy S24 Ultra

10 Photos
The Samsung Galaxy S24 and S24 Plus Looks Sweet in Aluminum
Samsung Galaxy S24

The Samsung Galaxy S24 and S24 Plus Looks Sweet in Aluminum

23 Photos
Samsung's Galaxy S24 Ultra Now Has a Titanium Design
The Galaxy S24 Ultra in multiple colors

Samsung's Galaxy S24 Ultra Now Has a Titanium Design

23 Photos
I Took 600+ Photos With the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max. Look at My Favorites
img-0368.jpg

I Took 600+ Photos With the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max. Look at My Favorites

34 Photos
Do You Know About These 17 Hidden iOS 17 Features?
Invitation for the Apple September iPhone 15 event

Do You Know About These 17 Hidden iOS 17 Features?

18 Photos
AI or Not AI: Can You Spot the Real Photos?
img-1599-2.jpg

AI or Not AI: Can You Spot the Real Photos?

17 Photos