The 2011 Mercury Mariner Hybrid returns with a long list of available features. Though Ford plans to discontinue the Mercury nameplate in 2012, the final rendition of the Mercury Mariner Hybrid remains a solid choice for those looking for a hybrid SUV. Learn what's new on the 2011 Mercury Mariner Hybrid and review specifications, features and mpgs.
What's New - 2011 Mercury Mariner Hybrid
The Mercury Mariner Hybrid returns largely unchanged for 2011. However, an HD radio is now available as an optional feature. Given the vehicle's similarities to last year's model, car shoppers on a budget might consider taking a look at a lightly used 2010 Mercury Mariner Hybrid model.
2011 Mercury Mariner Hybrid Styling
The Mercury Mariner is strikingly similar to its more well-known cousin - the Ford Explorer. However, the Mariner Hybrid distinguishes itself with a unique grille and taillights that are intended to give it a slightly more upscale appeal. As far as compact SUVs go, the Mercury Mariner delivers a fairly conservative body style. As such, if you're in the market for a traditionally styled SUV that boasts an undertone of refinement, then the Mariner is likely meet your aesthetic needs.
Inside, the Mariner offers a build quality that commingles hard plastics with softer, more luxurious materials. Overall, the vehicle delivers good storage capabilities and solid comfort for front-seat passengers. However, like many compact SUVs, approval ratings for the rear seat are less than unanimous. At 66.4 cubic feet, maximum cargo capacity is above average for the class. Innovative overhead storage bins and a large center console also help bolster available cargo options.
Potential downsides worth noting include engine noise during acceleration and a rear seat that is difficult to fold flat
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2011 Mercury Mariner Hybrid Performance
The Mariner Hybrid delivers an estimated 34 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway (32 mpg combined). Along with the Ford Explorer Hybrid, these figures can't be beat in the SUV class. Opt for the available four-wheel drive, and drivers can expect efficiency to drop to 30 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.
These eco-friendly figures are offered courtesy of a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that is paired with an electric engine. Combined, these powerplants deliver 177 horsepower. Compared to other compact SUVs, the Mariner offers competitive performance. Many reviewers also praise the hybrid powertrain for its seamless operation and lack of artificial feel. Braking, on the other hand, is a bit long when compared to competitors.
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2011 Mercury Mariner Hybrid Safety
The 2011 Mariner Hybrid comes standard with six airbags, anti-lock brakes (front disc, rear drum) and stability control. Parents may also be interested in the standard MyKey system, which allows them to set maximum speed levels and stereo volume levels for teenage drivers. Rear parking sensors are optional. In crash tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Mariner Hybrid earned a best-possible rating of "Good" in both frontal- and side-impact crash tests.
2011 Mercury Mariner Hybrid Prices
With a base price of $30,115, the Mariner Hybrid is a bit expensive when compared to non-hybrid alternatives. However, Ford attempts to justify this high price somewhat with the inclusion of a number of standard features. Base models come equipped with dual-zone climate control, cruise control, full power accessories, power driver's seat, four-speaker stereo, satellite radio, auxiliary input, steering-wheel controls and voice-activated Sync technology.
Notable options include leather seats, heated front seats, seven-speaker stereo, remote engine start, sunroof and navigation system.
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