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.
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.