The Mariner comes in either base trim, Premier or as a hybrid. The base engine is a Duratec 2.5L 4-cylinder, making 171 horsepower and 171 pounds-feet of torque. Standard on the Premier and optional on the base trim is a Duratec 3.0L V6 engine that makes 240 horsepower and 223 pounds-feet of torque. All trims are available in either front wheel drive or 4-wheel drive. The base Mariner comes standard with a 5-speed manual or an optional 6-speed automatic transmission. The 6-speed is standard with the 3.0L V6 engine.
The Mariner Hybrid uses a 2.5L gasoline 4-cylinder Atkinson cycle engine, and is combined with a 94-horsepower electric motor. The gas engine delivers 153 horsepower at 6000 rpm and 136 pounds-feet of torque at 4500 rpm. The engine also has a permanent magnet AC synchronous motor. Mileage is rated at 34 mpg in the city and 31 mpg highway. MSRP for the Mariner Hybrid starts at $29,995.
Along with anti-lock brakes, Ford's AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control is standard on all Mariners. Seat-mounted front side air bags with head-protecting Safety Canopy side-curtain air bags, a tire pressure monitoring system, and a rear view camera system are all standard.
Standard equipment on the base Mariner includes an auxiliary input jack, 110-volt AC outlet, air conditioning, keyless entry and a 4-speaker CD sound system. The Premier adds machined-aluminum wheels, leather seats with Alcantara inserts, roof rack, trip computer, ambient interior lighting and an upgraded sound system with CD changer and Sirius satellite radio. The Hybrid Limited features additions options, such as heated seats, a power moonroof and SecuriCode entry.