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Rating 52/100 Background What happens when you take an Explorer and slap a Mercury badge on it? Why, you get the 2010 Mercury Mountaineer, of course. Aside from minor styling and equipment differences, the Mountaineer is basically an Explorer by another name, which means it’s a holdout from that bygone era when all SUVs employed …

Rating 67/100 Background In a shameless (and savvy) exhibit of capitalism, Mercury brought out its Ford Explorer twin, the Mountaineer, when the Ford’s popularity was sky high. The Mountaineer provided a different styling take and a slightly more upscale interior than the Explorer, and its available all-wheel-drive system helped make it more appealing to people …

Rating 52/100 Background The Mercury Mountaineer was created at a time when the Ford Explorer was the hottest thing since the planet Mercury. The Mountaineer provided a different styling take and a slightly more upscale interior than the Explorer, and its available all-wheel-drive system helped make it more appealing to people who just wanted all-weather …

Rating 80/100 Background Although it’s one of the more practical midsize SUVs on the market, the Mercury Mountaineer has always lived in the shadow of its more popular twin, Ford’s Explorer. It has all the main virtues of its sibling — a roomy, functional interior well-stocked with storage areas, a fold-flat third-row seat that allows …

Rating 57/100 Background With so many stylish and luxurious crossover SUVs now populating showrooms, it’s hard to believe that the original SUVs were rather bland vehicles based on pickup trucks. The reason for the crossovers’ success is that they are generally superior to old-school utes in the areas that matter most to consumers: cabin space, …

Rating 52/100 Background With crossover SUVs becoming increasingly popular, it might be easy to forget that SUVs started out based on pickup trucks. While crossovers hold an attractive edge in terms of drive and handling dynamics, and usually better fuel efficiency and interior space, traditional truck-based utes still offer tougher off-road capability and greater towing …

Rating 88/100 Background The Chrysler Aspen debuted last year as the brand’s first-ever SUV. Chrysler designed it to appeal to consumers interested in premium features and an upscale appearance. In most respects, the Aspen delivers. It can seat up to eight in three rows of seating, comes standard with V8 power and has a solid …

Rating 68/100 Background The GMC Envoy nameplate dates back to the late 1990s when it debuted as a luxury trim level of the now defunct GMC Jimmy. A few years later, GMC ditched the Jimmy name completely and introduced the all-new Envoy. A corporate twin of the Chevrolet TrailBlazer, the two midsize SUVs share much …

Rating 73/100 Background The 2007 Buick Rainier represents the company’s sole foray into the luxury SUV market. Based on the same body-on-frame midsize SUV platform shared by the Chevrolet TrailBlazer and GMC Envoy, the Rainier incorporates distinctive styling elements such as an ellipsoid grille and unique lighting clusters. To emphasize the intended luxury persona, Buick’s …