Kelley Blue Book ® - 2009 Mercury Mountaineer Overview

Vehicle Overview from Kelley Blue Book

KBB.com 2009 Mercury Mountaineer Overview

Overview:

EDITORS' NOTES
Although the 2009 Mercury Mountaineer may look like a high-end premium SUV, it's actually a stylish version of the rugged Ford Explorer. Mercury's twist, which includes a heavy dose of its trademark vertical-line styling and heavy chrome accents, dresses up the vehicle to near-Lincoln levels of luxury. Best of all, the Mountaineer retains all the beneficial features of the Explorer, including seven-passenger seating, a rugged body-on-frame architecture and all-wheel-drive capability. Toss in the standard Safety Canopy side-curtain airbags and a long list of luxury and entertainment features, and the Mountaineer looks to be quite a bargain.

YOU'LL LIKE THIS CAR IF...
If you like everything about the Ford Explorer, but you'd like to own a vehicle with a little more distinction, the 2009 Mercury Mountaineer may be quite appealing.

YOU MAY NOT LIKE THIS CAR IF...
Those who need to tow a trailer may find the Mountaineer with the V6 engine to be underpowered. Compared to some newer mid-size SUVs, the Mountaineer's interior can feel slightly narrow. Also, side airbag coverage does not fully extend to cover the third-row seat glass.

WHAT'S SIGNIFICANT ABOUT THIS CAR
Other than some minor repackaging and trim upgrades, there are no major changes for 2009.

Driving It:

DRIVING IMPRESSIONS
On the road, the 2009 Mercury Mountaineer delivers on all points. Its independent rear suspension provides it with great stability while cornering and the variable-rate power steering returns excellent feedback to the driver. The ride is as soft and controlled as any full-size sedan, and the Mountaineer's cockpit is amazingly quiet and rattle-free. Mercury has spent considerable time and money in an effort to reduce noise, vibration and harshness, and the payoff is evident. The Mountaineer also has an impressive array of safety features, with crumple zones in the front fenders, three-point seat belts at all positions and a side-curtain airbag system that deploys to cover seventy-five percent of the side glass area.

OUR FAVORITE FEATURES
Reverse Sensing System
The optional Reverse Sensing System alerts you to objects behind the vehicle that are out of the range of the rearview mirror.

Safety Canopy Airbag System
The Mountaineer's standard Safety Canopy airbag system protects first- and second-row passengers in the event of a rollover or side collision.

Vehicle Details:

INTERIOR
The Mountaineer's interior is beautifully arranged, with high-quality plastics and an intelligent dash design that features new audio and climate controls. The available power-adjustable pedals are most helpful in finding a comfortable driving position. Second-row passengers have good leg and headroom, but the third row is narrow and low to the floor, making long trips uncomfortable for adults. This year's VOGA trim package adds even more style, offering an abundance of chrome exterior trim and cashmere leather seating.

EXTERIOR
The 2009 Mercury Mountaineer takes the rugged good looks of the Explorer and stamps Mercury's new styling theme on its sheet metal. Features such as the retractable running boards and the external keypad lock/unlocking system are unique in this segment and help bolster the Mountaineer's sophisticated image. Some may find the Mountaineer's tall step-in height and roof a bit of a challenge, especially when trying to access items secured to the roof rack. From the waterfall grille and the unique side cladding to the ribbed tail lamps, the Mountaineer places a different but attractive spin on a familiar platform.

NOTABLE STANDARD EQUIPMENT
The entry-level Mountaineer provides a long list of standard equipment, including a V6 engine, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, SecuriLock passive anti-theft system, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), two-row side-curtain airbags, rear defroster, power windows, power locks, dual-heated power mirrors, illuminated entry with remote and driver's door keypad, fog lights, automatic headlamps, AM/FM stereo with CD, power driver's seat with manual lumbar support, cruise control, tire pressure monitor, 17-inch machined-aluminum wheels and a rear wiper/washer.

NOTABLE OPTIONS
Options include a 4.6-liter V8 engine, all-wheel drive, power-adjustable pedals, power glass moonroof, voice-activated navigation, heated windshield, Reverse Sensing System, power folding third-row seats, rear-seat DVD entertainment system, Audiophile sound system, SYNC hands-free communication system, heated leather seats, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, second-row quad bucket seating, power-extendable running boards and an automatic garage door opener.

UNDER THE HOOD
Acceleration and passing power are adequate with the V6, but you won't want to be towing a very big trailer with this engine. The V8 is the powerplant of choice. Its three-valve-per-cylinder design helps create lots of torque and it runs very smoothly. Conventional wisdom might assume the V6-powered Mountaineer is more frugal than the V8 version, but thanks to a six speed automatic transmission, the V8 actually earns better EPA fuel economy ratings.

4.0-liter V6
210 horsepower @ 5100 rpm
254 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3700 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/20 (2WD), 13/19 (AWD)

4.6-liter V8
292 horsepower @ 5700 rpm
315 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/21 (2WD), 14/19 (AWD)

Pricing Notes:

PRICING NOTES
The two-wheel-drive 2009 Mercury Mountaineer with a V6 engine has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting around $28,000, while the all-wheel-drive Premier with the V6 starts around $33,000. The top-of-the-line Premier with the V8 and all-wheel-drive starts around $34,500 and, when loaded, can top out near $43,000. Our New Car Blue Book Value shows real-world transaction prices in your area, so be sure to check it out before you begin negotiating price. Kelley Blue Book expects the Mountaineer to hold only average resale values over time. All-wheel-drive models with the V8 are expected to retain a slightly higher resale than the V6, but all versions fall far below the values held by competitors from Toyota, Honda and Nissan.

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