2011 Mercury Mariner
Review, Prices, Comparisons, Pictures
Key features of the 2011 Mercury Mariner include its availability in both base and premier levels, which are typical of Mercury's distribution of vehicle trims and options. The base model is available for the relatively reasonable price of $23,565 while the premier model is available for $25,635. The base model is equipped with either a 2.5 liter 4 cylinder engine or a 3.0 liter V6 engine. The engine is paired with an automatic transmission that yields up to 22 miles per gallon in the city and up to 28 on the highway. The base Mariner comes with all wheel drive as an option, a satellite radio, stability control, an mp3 player, side and curtain air bags, traction control, and the options to add features such as a DVD player, an iPod auxiliary input, and bluetooth wireless connectivity.
If you spend about $2000 more, you can purchase the premier level of the Mercury mariner. For the extra money, you still have the choice between the 2.5 and the 3.0 engine and automatic transmission, and as a result, the mileage is about the same in the city and on the highway. Most of the features within the premier trim level are the same as those found in the base trim level. However, the premier includes a number of interior trim options that make it more visually appealing, including leather trim options and other interior comforts. Overall, the base model is likely to be chosen by more drivers due to its similarities to the premier model but cheaper price.
In conclusion, the 2011 Mercury Mariner is a sport utility vehicle that offers a good combination of internal features and on the road performance. Shortcomings of the Mariner include its extended stopping distance, while strengths include its styling, handling, and reasonable fuel economy.