The Mercury Mariner is one of three small models sharing a common architecture. Introduced for 2005, the Mariner was built through 2011 before it and the Mercury brand were canceled.
The first-generation Mercury Mariner arrived on the market four years after its Ford Escape and Mazda Tribute platform-mates were introduced. It debuted with two engine choices. A 2.3-liter four-cylinder was standard, while a 3.0-liter V6 was optional. Both engines are paired with a four-speed automatic transmission.
Standard equipment for the 2005 Mariner includes cruise control, power windows and door locks, a tilt steering wheel, air conditioning and a four-speaker sound system. Upgrades include leather seats, power front seats, side steps, a roof rack and a sunroof.
Changes for 2006 were limited to minor trim updates and package shuffling. For 2007, safety features were added to the higher-end models, bringing in seat-mounted side airbags, side curtain airbags and reverse parking sensors. A new package was introduced that combined satellite radio, a moonroof, an in-dash CD changer and a roof rack.
The second-generation Mercury Mariner rolled out for the 2008 model year, gaining a bolder grille, a taller hood and a raised beltline. A multi-function display, blue instrument panel lighting and interior improvements leading to a quieter cabin were among the other changes. The same engine and transmission combinations offered in the first-generation Mariner were carried over to start the second generation.
Standard equipment on the 2008 Mariner includes alloy wheels, fog lights, privacy glass, full power accessories and a four-speaker audio system with a CD/MP3 player. Leather seats, a power driver’s seat, an in-dash CD changer, a sunroof, navigation and a towing package were among the upgrades available.
For 2009, the big changes for the Mercury Mariner involved the powertrains. The base engine was swapped out for a larger 2.5-liter four-cylinder, and the V6 gained a 40-horsepower performance boost. The previous four-speed transmission was replaced by a six-speed automatic. Mercury also made its voice-activated Sync system available and introduced an all-new Premier I4 trim.
Changes for 2010 included making satellite radio and the MyKey parental oversight system standard across the model line. Newly available options included a rearview camera and self-parking technology.
In anticipation of the brand’s pending discontinuation, the 2011 Mercury Mariner was offered unchanged from the previous year.
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