"I purchased this car for the AWD and utility. It is great. It has a smooth ride for an SUV and I'm averaging about 21+ mpg with the 6 cylinder engine. It's a good car for a couple or small family. I avoided the Toyota and GM vehicles in this year range due to the recalls and safety issues. The Mariner is criticized for its rear drum brakes. I have had zero problems slowing down and do not see them as an issue. I personally recommend FoMoCo. The Mariner is doing it's job very well and the tech features are handy and enjoyable. "