The Mountaineer is a plusher, upscale version of the Ford Explorer.
It seats seven with the optional third row.
Optional adjustable pedals allow shorter drivers to find a comfortable driving position.
The standard engine is an adequate-performing but coarse-sounding 4.0-liter V6; a more powerful 4.6-liter V8 is also available.
The ride is firm and controlled.
Handling is sound if unexceptional.