Overall, they like the hybrid aspects, but dislike the luxury part of this luxury upgrade to the Ford Escape hybrid. After reading the article, I found myself wondering why it was rated at only 6.4. The reviewer had a real problem with the navigation and entertainment system but was happy with the overall ride. Is the nav system that important?
CNET Review of the Mercury Mariner Hybrid
* Editors' rating: 6.4 Good
* The good: The 2006 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.
* The bad: The 2006 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.
* The bottom line: Although the hybrid system performs well in the 2006 Mercury Mariner Hybrid, the subpar navigation and audio system quickly lower the techie value of this small SUV.