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.