There are two versions of the 2011 Mercury Mariner Hybrid; the Front-wheel Drive and the All-wheel Drive. Both of these models include standard specifications like cruise control, 16-inch alloy wheels, power-adjustable driver seat, external mirror with blind-spot mirror, full power accessories, dual-zone auto climate control system, steering wheel control, wood grain interior trims, leather-enclosed steering wheels and Sync electronics interface. There are also additional packages that can be added up to either trim levels of the Mariner. Reviews highly favored the Leather package which gave the Mariner's owner a more lavish driving experience. This package included leather upholstery, adjustable lumbar support for the driver' seat, heated front seats and ambient lighting. Another package that got good reviews is the Hybrid Premium package that included all the good stuff from the leather package plus features like heated side mirrors, 7-speaker stereos, rear parking sensor and a good navigation system. There are other packages available to suit your needs but that, of course, add up to the total value of the ride.
The Mariner Hybrid 2011 version has a 2.5liter, 4-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor. Combined running power of the two engines equal to about 177hp. The All-wheel drive model has an additional electric motor/generator that gives more power to support the rear wheels. Based on driving tests and reviews, 0-60 mph acceleration can be achieved in about 9 seconds. This rate is comparable to most of the SUVs in the market today. Safety specifications of the Mercury Mariner Hybrid include an anti-lock braking system, side curtain airbags and rollover sensors and front-seat side airbags to name a few. Government reviews and crash testing gave the Mariner a perfect score for both front-impact and side-impact crashes. Reviews on braking capacity of the SUV also showed poor performance compared to other models of SUVs. As expected, the Mariner Hybrid is not as impressive as its powered counterpart but reviews on it doesn't really disappoint.