Mercury Mountaineer- A Little Luxury in a SUV Package

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The 2010 Mercury Mountaineer provides a bit of luxury for those who still need a competent hauler and tower. The Mountaineer remains one of the only truck-based SUVs left in a rapidly disappearing class. It does, however, have difficulty competing with its smoother-riding and more fuel-efficient crossover competitors. Add to this the high base price and terrible fuel economy ratings, and it's not hard to see why the Mountaineer is being discontinued.

Standard power for the Mountaineer comes from a 4.0-liter V6 engine that makes 210 horsepower. The Premier trims offer a 4.6-liter V8 that makes 292 horses, but still paired to the same 5-speed automatic transmission. The exterior design blends in with the rest of its class, so there's nothing really special about its appearance. Inside, it's comfortable and well-appointed. Its optional third row is spacious for a midsize SUV, but the cabin's low-quality plastics are a surprise considering it has one of the higher base prices in its class.

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