2009 Mercury Mountaineer

Find Another Mercury Mountaineer
13 CITY / 19 HWY
Overall Quality
Overall Performance and Design
Predicted Reliability


What Changed for 2009:
  • Mountaineer is a carryover model, with no significant changes for 2009
For 2009, the Mercury Mountaineer returns as a carryover model. This is the third year of the midsize SUV's third generation. The Mountaineer shares its platform with the Ford Explorer. The 5- or 7-passenger Mountaineer SUV has a maximum towing capacity of 7215 pounds with the V-8 engine. It is available in either 2-wheel drive (2WD) or all-wheel drive (AWD) configurations.

Model Lineup
The 2009 Mercury Mountaineer is available in three trim levels: Standard, Premier V-6 and Premier V-8. All are offered with a choice between 2WD or AWD. Standard features include 17-inch aluminum wheels with all-season tires; 5-passenger seating (on base V-6 models); power door locks; power steering; color-keyed and leather-wrapped steering wheel with speed and redundant audio and climate controls; message center with 4-line display; auto-dimming rearview mirrors; dual power heated outside mirrors with security and approach lamps; remote keyless entry; Ford's \"capless\" fuel-filler system; liftgate; fog lamps; headlamps with auto on/off function; premium AM/FM stereo with single CD player and MP3 capability; auxiliary audio input jack; first-row cloth seats with 6-way power driver seat with manual lumbar support; and a second-row cloth fold-flat 60/40-split bench seat. The Premier V-6 and Premier V-8 models have standard front leather-trimmed seats; third-row 50/50 split-bench seat with optional Power Fold 50/50-split bench; fixed running boards; satin-aluminum exhaust tip; and 18-inch satin aluminum chrome-clad wheels. Unique 18-inch bright chrome-clad wheels are also available.

Options for the 2009 Mercury Mountaineer include dual-zone automatic climate control (standard on Premier V-6 and Premier V-8); rear auxiliary climate controls; power-adjustable pedals with or without memory; universal garage door opener; power-deployed running boards; reverse sensing system; roof rail crossbars; roof side rails (standard on base, optional on Premier V-6 and Premier V-8); retractable cargo cover; second-row quad bucket seats; second-row leather-trimmed 60/40-split bench seat; all-weather floor mats; heated windshield; power moonroof; 20-inch polished aluminum wheels (on Premier V-8); and 7-passenger seating (optional on base V-6, standard on Premier V-6 and Premier V-8). A total of 12 option packages are available, including Audiophile, auxiliary climate control, two third-row seat packages, amenities, chrome, comfort, heated, moon and tune, navigation plus moon and tune, rear-seat entertainment, and upgraded trailer towing.

The 2009 Mercury Mountaineer offers two engine choices. A 4.0-liter V-6 engine is standard on the base Mountaineer and generates 210 hp at 5100 rpm and 254 lb.-ft. of torque at 3700 rpm. The engine is mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission. The 2009 EPA fuel-economy ratings for the V-6 2WD are 14 mpg city and 20 mpg highway. An optional 4.6-liter V-8 engine (available on the Premier V-8) delivers 292 hp at 5700 rpm and 315 lb.-ft. of torque at 4000 rpm. The V-8 is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. When properly equipped, the V-8 Mountaineer can tow a maximum of 7215 pounds. The V-8 4WD model earns EPA fuel-economy estimates of 14 mpg city and 19 mpg highway.br>
All 2009 Mercury Mountaineer models feature independent front and rear suspension, 4-wheel power disc brakes, anti-lock braking system (ABS), limited-slip rear differential, optional remote start, and AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control.

Standard safety features on the 2009 Mercury Mountaineer include the AdvanceTrac stability control program with Roll Stability Control; Safety Canopy side curtain air bags for the first and second rows with rollover protection sensors; front-seat side air bags; adaptive energy-absorbing steering column; belt-minder system; and second-generation driver and front-passenger front air bags. Other standard safety features include a tire-pressure-monitoring system; ABS; 4-wheel power disc brakes; child safety locks; Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH) system; and remote keyless entry with keypad. A reverse sensing system is optional.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) the 2009 Mercury Mountaineer received 5-star ratings (the agency's highest score) in frontal and side-impact crash tests. In the NHTSA rollover testing, the Mountaineer received a 3-star rating for both 2WD and AWD models. While 2009 ratings were not available at writing, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the 2008 Mountaineer a \"Good\" rating (the Institute's highest) for frontal offset crash protection.

Technology features of note on the 2009 Mercury Mountaineer include Ford's Sync voice-activated system (optional on base models, standard on Premier V-6 and Premier V-8 models); optional Sirius satellite radio; standard audio input jack; optional Audiophile sound system; and an optional rear-seat entertainment system. Various equipment packages provide combinations of technology features, including Moon and Tune, Navigation plus Moon and Tune, and rear-seat entertainment system packages. Ford's capless fuel-filler system, introduced in the 2008 model year, is a racing-based technology that saves consumers time by doing away with unscrewing and replacing a fuel-filler cap. The company says that in addition to providing a better seal, the capless fuel-filler system also cuts down on emissions of smog-forming vapors.


J.D. Power Ratings

J.D. Power data for this year, make and model is not available at this time

Power Circle Scoring Legend:

Among the best
Better than most
About average
The rest
*Please note that JDPower.com Power Circle Ratings may not include all information used to determine J.D. Power awards. Learn more about how J.D. Power Ratings are calculated.

The Latest Mercury Articles:

Critical Knowledge:2010 Mercury Grand Marquis: The Mercury Grand Marquis is nearing extinction. The traditional, full-size, rear-wheel-drive sedan is expected to go out of production by the end of the 2010 calendar year, so if this is your dream car, act now.2010 Mercury Mariner: Technology finds the Mariner SUV for 2010. MyKey programming sets maximum speed and stereo volume settings, Active Park Assist finds a parallel parking space that's big enough, then parks the SUV without steering assistance from the driver, and the Sync communications and entertainment system is upgraded for 2010. Also new: an optional rearview camera.
Critical Knowledge:Mariner gets more powerful enginesNew VOGA trim for Milan, Sable and Mountaineer2009 Mercury Mariner:While the exterior remains almost identical to the outgoing 2008 model, the big news for the Mariner compact SUV from Mercury is a powertrain lineup that consists of a more powerful 2.5-liter, inline 4-cylinder engine mated to a new 6-speed automatic transmission, which produces 171 hp versus 153 for the 2008 model. Peak torque comes in at 171 lb.-ft. The 3.0-liter, Duratec V-6 engine also receives a bump by 40 hp, bringing its new total to 240 hp. Both engines have seen an increase in EPA fuel-economy numbers, even though the engines produce more power. The Mariner Hybrid model includes an Atkinson Cycle version of the new 4-cylinder powerplant that has been adapted for seamless transitions between gas and electric modes. Other features for 2009 focus on improving the noise, vibration and harshness of the vehicle, as well as increasing fuel economy. Electric power-assist steering is standard on all 2009 Mariner models, as are aerodynamic refinements to improve cabin quietness and overall fuel economy.