The horsepower of the Mercury Mariner I is 16 hp bigger when compared to the Lexus RX I. As the difference is small this should not affect the car performance largely.
With more luggage capacity the Mercury will have much more room for carrying things and be more functional one than the Lexus RX I 2.2 139HP. If the capacity of the trunk is important to you, the Mercury will be better to buy as it is around 340 l larger than the boot of its competitor.
The Mercury Mariner I has 17 mm longer wheelbase than Lexus RX I. Therefore the Mercury Mariner I is safer and has a better stability. What is more, longer wheelbase has impact on convenient and more comfortable driving.
Model release date
Production of the older vehicle started much more earlier than its rival thus it is reasonable to suppose that this vehicle is equipped with significantly less advanced technologies .
If you are a tall man or you happen to carry in the trunk thinks of big size, the Mercury Mariner I 2.3 155HP, which is by 4 percent higher than the Lexus RX I 2.2 139HP, is appropriate choice for you. However, these two vehicles do not vary much in its height and it should not be much perceptible.