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Pros: Seating height and great visibility, power pedals, mirror and seat.
Cons: small noisy engine and lack of smooth downshifts when climbing hills
Advice: pay attention to engine noises at 3000 rpm shift points and forced downshifts on hills.This is a very good, well built car, fine fit and finish, nice and comfortable to drive. The more I drive it the better I like it. I do mostly highway driving and it does very well. My highway fuel mileage af 26 mpg at 65-70mph is a little disapointing relative to the estimated mpg of 29, but still not bad compared to the competition. It definitely needs about 25 more horses under the hood and more torque. I would like to see significantly more sound proofing in the firewall and better isolation from road and wind noises. I would just as soon not hear anything but the radio while 'm driving.
Pros: the ride
Cons: the mileage
Advice: if you want a great ride with AWD and can live with less than 25 mpg on average trips - buy it.Handling in traffic is great due to the steering, smoothness of the ride and the height of the seats/vehicle. Power is somewhat lacking. Mileage is depressing. I have 7k miles on it, and going into a 30 mph wind crossing Wyoming resulted in 20.7 mpg for over 280 miles. Coming back the next day, with the wind, averaged almost 25 mpg. The superb traction in snow and slippery roads makes it almost worth it.
Pros: Side safety beams, and high seating position
Cons: rounded design
Advice: If you like a safe car go for it.I have a 2005 Montego Premire, Don't like center leaner design, you have to move the seat to get it out of your way. The original drawings of the car where great. The designers could have stuck to it. Why doesn't the car have a front sway bar? The car could be nimbler. Maybe like a benz. The engine could also be not as sloppy. I guess that's the best they can do running on 87 octane. Also the doe everthing lights in the front, need a yellow side light, or just put lights on the side view mirrors. The rear is kind of ugly too. If the could have made it look like a large Mercury Millan maybe I would like the looks more. I brought this car for my wife. The good it came with a hell of a lot of options, and safty gear to keep the family safe.
Advice: test drive one, you'll be hookedSpace and seating is one of the main attractions of this car. Almost every other car I test drove felt like I was being stuffed into a cockpit. Rear seat is spacious but the car appears mid-sized. Six gallons of milk behind the driver on the back seat floor when I had the front seat as back as far as I like (I'm 6 foot). Very pleased with car. Tons of room in front , back, and trunk. Fun to drive. Especially like the AWD option that will let me get out of my neighborhood in snow (didn't need to buy that SUV aferall). Safety is a big plus; the frame seems very solid with cross members. I can change my own oil, the filter is easiliy accessible near the drain plug. Fit and finish are as good as anything I've seen on imports in this price range.
Cons: Features Lacking
Advice: Best overall small-sized SUV available if you want to downsizeI moved to a Mariner Limited from a Ford Explorer. It is a great small-sized SUV but lacks a few luxury features I would have liked such as (1) climate control air (2) driver side memory seats and (3) ambiente temperature sensor. Its performance is quick and light, it is quiet and its ride is excellent for an SUV. With the features mentioned I would rate it maximum in all categories.
Pros: Roomy interior
Advice: You got to Love it. Buy it!This car looks and drives awesome smooth acceleration. Watch out Honda! Ford is going in the right direction.
Pros: INFO DISPLAY NEAR STEERING COLUMN
Advice: ENJOY ITVERY COMFORTABLE TO DRIVE