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Hybrid Car Review: CNET reviews the Mercury Mariner Hybrid

Thursday, March 23, 2006

CNET reviews the Mercury Mariner Hybrid

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.

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