2007 Mercury Mariner 4WD Hybrid
The Mercury Mariner, based on the Ford Escape, debuted as a 2005 model and was hailed for its responsive handling, smooth road manners and available V6 engine. For 2007, the Mariner continues relatively unchanged except for a new exterior color, interior color, several equipment additions and, the big news, a Mariner Hybrid model for buyers interested in an SUV with better fuel economy and reduced emissions.
Like the Escape Hybrid, the 2007 Mercury Mariner is a full hybrid, capable of running under gasoline or electric power--or a combination of the two. It runs quietly in pure electric mode at speeds less than 25mph, and to further save fuel, its 2.3-liter Atkinson-cycle gasoline engine can shut off when the vehicle comes to a stop. The engine automatically restarts very smoothly.
The 2007 Mercury Mariner Hybrid is a 4-door, 5-passenger sport-utility, available in one trim only, the 4WD. Upon introduction, the Mariner Hybrid is equipped with a standard 2.3-liter, I4, 133-horsepower, hybrid engine that achieves 33-mpg in the city and 29-mpg on the highway. A variable speed automatic transmission with overdrive is standard. The 2007 Mercury Mariner Hybrid is a carryover from 2006.
Positive: The 2007 Mercury Mariner Hybrid has typically excellent full-hybrid fuel economy around town and in slow traffic. Its low-speed acceleration is solid, and it boasts a small, easily parkable footprint.
Negative: The 2007 Mercury Mariner Hybrid's suspension manages to give both excessive body roll and harshness over poor surfaces. The entire entertainment/information system needs a serious upgrade in order to be even second rate.
Summary: The Mercury Mariner is a good example. It's a nice package. The size and basics are right. Fuel economy is respectable with the four-cylinder and six-cylinder engines and downright impressive with the Mariner Hybrid. Plus, it's affordable even when fully optioned.
|VEHICLE SPECIFICATIONS AND DIMENSIONS|
|Final Assembly Location||USA|
|Engine||DOHC Hybrid 2.3-Liter Atkinson Cycle, I4, 16-Valve, DOHC, SEFI Engine; Front Mounted With Horsepower Of 133@6000, Torque Of 124@4250, Alloy Block and Alloy Cylinder Heads; Permanent Magnet Electric Motor With Horsepower Of 94@5000 (Hybrid System Net Horsepower)|
|Horsepower@RPM||133 hp @5000rpm|
|Torque Lbs. Per Ft||124@ 4250|
|Valves per cylinder||4|
|Engine Block Material||Alloy|
|Block Head Material||Alloy|
|Fuel Capacity||15.00 gallons|
|Fuel Delivery Name||SEFI|
|Transmission||Continuously Variable Electronically Controlled Automatic Transmission With Overdrive and Floor Mounted Shifter|
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