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Once hybrid automobiles from Honda and Toyota proved to work effectively in the actual world of American streets in the course of the early 2000s, different U.S.-market producers climbed aboard the gasoline-electric bandwagon. Ford launched the Escape Hybrid for the 2005 mannequin 12 months and gross sales proved fairly sturdy; its Mercury-badged sibling, the Mariner Hybrid, appeared the next 12 months. The Mariner Hybrid by no means induced many car customers to signal on the road which is dotted, regardless of gasoline costs going completely ape in 2008, although it remained out there all through the Mercury model’s 2010 demise. Here’s a type of uncommon vans, present in a Denver-area yard final month.

The Escape/Mariner Hybrids acquired wonderful gas economic system for tall, truck-shaped machines, although the severe penny-pinchers with lengthy commutes skipped something constructed within the twenty first century and started driving up the costs of the once-scorned Geo Metro XFi, gas-sipping champion of the earlier decade.

The Mercury model was on the ropes by this time, with not a lot to tell apart the once-distinctive Mercury machines from their near-identical Ford counterparts. The 1999-2002 Cougar was the final Mercury bought right here with no twin brothers over within the Ford showrooms.

I do see the occasional Escape Hybrid in locations like this, although such gas-saving small SUVs are inclined to retain their worth effectively sufficient that it takes a crash to retire one. This Mariner Hybrid hit one thing exhausting and both flipped on its aspect or scraped a guardrail for a long way.

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The airbags deployed and, presumably, spared the occupants from severe harm. That’s the excellent news. The dangerous information is that fixing this type of injury to a 13-year-old car made by a defunct model simply is not price it to insurance coverage firms, hybrid-electric powertrain or not. We can assume that the battery pack lives on in one other Escape/Mariner.

Navigation, Bluetooth, and different options that had been thought-about fairly slick in 2007.

This truck was in fairly good condition till the very finish.

Jill Wagner proved you can bury a Mercury emblem in volcanic soil and it’ll develop right into a brand-new Mariner Hybrid. That’s how science works!

You can go to the identical subject and faucet on a Mercury emblem, if you wish to get an everyday gasoline Mariner.