The 2010 Mercury Mountaineer is an SUV with a similar platform to that of its sister company's Ford Explorer. The Mercury division of Ford made a lot of effort in producing a luxury truck-based SUV, but didn't quite made it on par with existing crossover contenders. While it does have an appeal to that usual upper class Mercury target market as it provides lavish features, when it comes to performance, it might not be the most ideal candidate. There are other SUVS in the market that are far smoother rides and more fuel efficient based on reviews. For all its badass looks, the Mercury Mountaineer is only competent in the field of hauling and towing.
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The first generation of the Mercury Mountaineer saw the light of day in 1997. It wasn't such a successful SUV back then as Mercury couldn't really justify slapping a higher price tag on a truck almost exactly similar to the Ford Explorer. Reviews back then wasn't too favorable for the brand either so they had to make adjustments to future models to make it more distinguishable that its close relative. Now on its third generation, the 2010 Mercury Mountaineer offers more extravagant features, especially on its interiors, to provide driving comfort. Many reviews out there gave the Mercury Mountaineer good points for its good-looking interiors. For an SUV-truck, the interiors of the car looks more like a Sedan; says one famous review site. Based on our review, this SUV can comfortably seat 5 people in its first and second row, with an option to seat more in the optional third row. The newest addition to the Mountaineer group has added Ford's MyKey technology to all the trim levels, making the 2010 Mercury Mountaineer a safer ride for younger drivers.
If you're not really looking for a luxury SUV with great towing power, you should also consider other makes and models like the Honda Pilot or KIA Borrego. Both cars are cheaper than the 2010 Mountaineer that has a base price of about $29,500. The fuel efficiency of both cars are better, running 17 miles per gallon in the city compared to only 14 miles per gallon on the Mountaineer. Reviews are still better for the Mountaineer when it comes to interiors, but for the price you should consider if you really need all that goodies or just want a nicely performing SUV. Towing power might be an issue for you and KIA Borrego is reviewed to be able to tow up to 7,500lbs which is far better than the 2010 Mountaineer.