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The 2010 Mercury Mountaineer is a midsize SUV, identical to the Ford Explorer with some differences in exterior styling and equipment differences, the Mountaineer is basically an another version of the Explorer with extra premium features and softer suburban look. The Mercury Mountaineer is optional Four-Wheel-Drive SUV, while Ford Explorer is FWD vehicle. The Mountaineer offered decent off-roading capability along with good space for a medium-size family (with optional third-row seats), decent handling and ride quality. The Mercury Mountaineer is available in two trim-levels; base and Premier, rear-wheel drive is standard on both trims, with all-wheel drive optional.
The 2010 Mercury Mountaineer is offered with two engine options; 4.0-liter V6 and 4.6-liter V8. The 4.0-liter engine makes 210 horsepower and 254 pound-feet of torque. The optional 4.6-liter V8 engine puts out a peppier 292 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed automatic transmission is standard with the V6, while the V8 comes with a six-speed automatic transmission. Both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive are available with either engine. The V6 achieves 14 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on the highway while the V8 consumes 15 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway.
The 2010 Mercury Mountaineer base model comes equipped with cruise control, full power accessories, a six-way power driver seat, a leather-wrapped tilt steering wheel with audio controls, and a stereo with a CD player and auxiliary audio jack. There are other optional features available as package called “Five-Passenger Value Package” and “Seven-Passenger Value Package”. The Five-Passenger Value Package adds driver memory functions, rear manual climate controls, leather upholstery, reverse parking sensors, running boards, dual-zone automatic climate control, power-adjustable pedals, heated power front seats, satellite radio and the Sync voice-activated communication and entertainment system. The Seven-Passenger Value Package includes the same features plus a 50/50-split manual-folding third-row bench. Sunroof is also available as stand-alone option.
The Mercury Mountaineer Premier comes standard with rear parking sensors, aluminum roof rails, leather upholstery, aluminum-trimmed heated exterior mirrors with puddle lamps, 18-inch chrome wheels, heated power front seats, a sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, rear manual climate controls, driver memory functions and Sync. Optional features on the Premier model include 20-inch wheels, tow package, a power-folding third-row seat, power running boards, a rear-seat entertainment system, second-row fold-flat bucket seats and a voice-activated navigation system with DVD audio and video capability and an internal hard drive.
Standard safety equipments include antilock disc brakes and stability control with a rollover sensor, front-seat side airbags and first- and second-row side curtain airbags.
The interior looks neat and well arranged with the use high quality of materials. Second-row passengers have good leg and headroom, but the third row is narrow and low to the floor, tall adults might find the third row uncomfortable over long drive. The Seven-passenger Mercury Mountaineers can hold 83.7 cubic feet of luggage, while the five-passenger versions can hold 85.8 cubic feet.
The cabin is comfortable and spacious, and the trunk’s 11.8 cubic feet of storage. The Ford Fusion Hybrid and Mercury Milan hybrid are almost identical.
The hybrid system consists of a 156-hp, 2.4-liter four-banger hooked to a 106-hp electric motor. The system’s total power output is 191 horsepower, taking it to 60 mph in 8.5 seconds. In terms of fuel economy it gives 41 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway. When traveling under 47 mph, the system forces itself into battery-only, electric-vehicle mode often and appropriately, and the engine cuts in and out smoothly and relatively unobtrusively during such shifts.
The Mercury Milan Hybrid accelerates slightly faster than a four-cylinder 2010 Milan. The Mercury Milan Hybrid uses electronically-assisted steering. The Milan Hybrid offers a very light steering feel that can take time to grow accustomed to. The brakes are also electronically-assisted and gives a soft feel.
The Mercury Milan Hybrid comes in a single trim level. Standard equipment includes 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, rear parking sensors, foglamps, cruise control, keyless entry and keypad code exterior access, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, power front seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, eco-friendly cloth upholstery, an LCD gauge cluster, the Sync electronics interface system, and a six-speaker stereo with a six-CD/MP3 changer, auxiliary audio jack and satellite radio.
Options include the Moon & Tune package that adds a 12-speaker surround-sound system and a sunroof. The voice-activated navigation system includes DVD audio and video capability, 10GB of digital music storage and Sirius Travel Link. The Driver’s Vision package adds a blind-spot warning system, a rearview camera and cross-traffic alert.
Standard safety equipment includes front, electronic stability control, side and curtain airbags, antilock brakes, traction control and rear parking sensors. A backup camera and blind-spot warning system are optional.
The cabin is comfortable and spacious, and the trunk has got 11.8 cubic feet of storage. The battery of the 2010 Milan Hybrid is located partially in the trunk. That robs the hybrid model of some space, making it a midsize car with a trunk size closer to that of many small cars. The hybrid model does not offer folding rear seats. The Mercury Milan Hybrid has two cupholders and two bottleholders in the front row and two cupholders in the rear seat’s armrest. There are a couple of convenient cubbies, including one in front of the gearshift and another at the base of the center stack.