A more expensive, higher class brother to the Ford Explorer, the 2010 Mercury Mountaineer is capable of delivering ready off-road performance - and keeping you very comfortable at the same time. These midsized SUVs also provide you with a surplus of space to carry luggage, groceries and even extra passengers. The well-crafted interior space is plentiful and comfortably seats up to seven passengers.
There are two trim levels available for the 2010 Mountaineer: the Base and the Premier. Both are available with your choice of rear-wheel or all-wheel drive configurations. Additionally, you have your choice between two separate powertrain configurations: a 4.0L 210hp V6 in conjunction with a 5-speed automatic tranny or a beefier 4.6L 292hp V8 mated to an optional 6-speed auto transmission. Both powertrain configurations perform very well. You may choose the more powerful configuration if you are inclined towards adverse terrain conditions regularly. For city driving though, the 4.0L engine provides plenty of juice.
If you opt for the Premiere trim level, you will be treated to 18-inch chrome wheels, dual-zoned automatic climate control, leather upholstery, satellite radio, the SYNC Communications System and a very convenient third-row of seating. Ford's AdvanceTrac stability control system provides you with electronic rollover protection that constantly monitors the probability that the vehicle will capsize. In fact, it determines that probability 100 times per second. In addition, your safety is enhanced with anti-lock brakes, a nice assortment of front, side and curtain airbags, electronic traction control and more.
The 2010 Mountaineer from Mercury has not seen very many changes from the 2009 models. New standard equipment, including a powered moonroof, position-memorizing heated front seats, adjustable foot pedals, separate climate control for the rear areas and an intense new audio system are all stock features. One very popular feature that is helping the Mountaineer to sell quite well is the Ford Reverse Sensing System. When you are reversing at low speeds, this system provides you with an audible signal whenever there is an object behind you. As you get closer and closer to the object, the audible signal beeps faster and faster.
Manufacturer's suggested retail pricing for the 2010 Mountaineer ranges from $29,080 up to $36,780. Fuel efficiency ratings are not spectacular, but are adequate considering the class. The Mountaineer will deliver you 14 miles for every gallon of fuel spent in the cities and 20 MPG on the highways.
The 2010 Mercury Mountaineer has been designed and manufactured to allow buyers to experience increased comfort, luxury and styling when they're in the market for a mid-sized SUV. In other words, if you have the extra money, these Mountaineers are going to make the Ford Explorer seem inferior on every level. And don't forget, the Explorer is and has been one of the best-selling trucks-style SUVs in automotive history. Check out the new Mercury Mountaineer and get to know the finer side of Ford.