2006 Mercury Mariner Luxury 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl 4A)
Bought 4 months ago with 38K miles, just clicked over to 50K today! Took two trips to South Carolina (about 1600 miles roundtrip) and averaged 23 MPG with cruise set between 70-80mph. Got rid of the JUNK stock Continentals and bought All-Terrain tires with a high treadwear rating. Difference between these and the Continentals is night and day! Love the interior (black and creme tu-tone) and get compliments on it all the time. Would buy again for sure. Radio is fantastic,and the keypad entry is great for those times when you don't want to carry your keys with you! Only major complaint is the lack of available power after 55 MPH and not being able to get more than 275-280 miles/tank.
Interior appearance, keypad entry, firm yet comfortable seats, sunroof, easy to park, tight turning radius, excellent radio. Haven't had a single problem with it yet (KNOCK ON WOOD).
Outside temp gauge (available on new ones), larger fuel tank, quieter engine, smooth out the ride, illuminated cruise control buttons; other Fords/Mercury's have them lit, not sure why the Escape/Mariner do not?