2007 Mercury Mountaineer Premier AWD V8 – Test drive and new SUV review

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Mercury Mountaineer

Climb every Mountaineer

was a time when a Mercury was a That time was long unfortunately, and today a Mercury is a in different clothing. So forgive me if I get too excited about the 2007 Mountaineer Premier AWD V8 — just another Ford to me.

The 2007 Mercury Mountaineer AWD V8 comes with a base of $33,840 ($39,165 as tested), a 3 year/36,000 mile basic a 5 year/60,000 mile powertrain and an EPA estimate of 14 mpg city/20 mpg highway and a whole lot of parts from the bin.

First Glance

you ever been compared to a of your family — Oh, you just like your Marty! — and then that what was meant as a felt like a slap? You Uncle Marty with the big and the hanging gut? Well, looks just like — I mean that as a really I do.

It’s easier to pick out the than to cite the similarities the two vehicles. Up front, Mountaineer a flashy chrome waterfall emblazoned with a big round logo at center, a more look than the truck-like Big headlights and a chromed bumper above body-colored panels the elegant look.

Simple around the rest of the vehicle, with a few pieces of shiny here and there, represent the other big differences you’ll between Mountaineer and Explorer.

My vehicle was equipped with ($695) power running that automatically folded when the doors were On a big SUV like the Lincoln Navigator, I this feature. On a mid-size Mountaineer, the running boards a nuisance. At 6’2, I don’t help up into the driver’s and the running boards consistently hit the of my legs as I exited the vehicle.

Drivers who are short of stature may this feature more I did.

Continued below.

In the Seat

It’s deja vu all again.

Photo #169; Motor Company

It’s vu all over again (thanks, Berra). If I covered up the big Mercury at the center of the steering wheel, you be hard-pressed to tell whether you in an Explorer or a Mountaineer. I’m there must be some — they couldn’t be that blatant about the could they?

I guess fits into the if it’s not don’t fix it category of design and Mountaineer’s seating is comfortable, and supportive, an especially good fit broader expanses of human Power adjustable foot are a nice option ($225).

I wish that the steering adjusted for reach as well as but I didn’t have a hard finding a good driving My test vehicle was equipped a $2,845 navigation/moonroof package places a big LCD screen at the top center of the Mercury’s navigation software is one of my with clear instructions and a intuitive interface.

Despite the I’d tick that box on my Mountaineer, and avoid the hassle of the

Second row seating is comfortable, a simple two-tone split seat and two-tone door Access to the third row is good, but back there is tight better for kids and small than for full-sized humans. My vehicle also came an optional ($1,295) DVD rear entertainment unit, which I skip — for a lot less you can get a portable unit for each seat passenger, and more will reign.

Or you could even — — speak with passengers on a long trip.

On the

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Mountaineer’s 4.6 liter V8 engine 292 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque, a very amount of power for the 4714 lb A six-speed automatic transmission overdrive sends the power to all wheels on the all-wheel drive Though fuel economy fantastic, at least Mountaineer is on regular octane (87) gas, and doesn’t demand the premium stuff.

It’s to complain about Mountaineer’s Each wheel is independent, coil-over shocks and control and long-arm architecture. There’s a big stabilizer bar up front, and a 25-mm out back. Combined with steering and four-wheel power anti-lock brakes, the suspension a very comfortable, stable over most surfaces.

A very tight 36.8′ radius helps make one of the easiest mid-size SUVs to in a parking lot.

It’s to consider Mountaineer and Explorer hearkening back to the rollover of the 1990s. Mercury has equipped with a ton of safety feature to public fear, including traction control, a safety system, dual stage air bags and a tire pressure system. Mountaineer is still a big with a high center of but I’d feel confident one on a daily basis, maintaining an of its handling and cornering limitations.


For many buyers, the decision come down to Mountaineer or

Photo #169; Jason

There are certainly other SUVs to consider. I love 4Runner — my daily Moose, is a 1994 model. Pathfinder has grown in my esteem the years.

Jeep’s Grand Cherokee and Trailblazer are both vehicles lots of heritage and ability. If economy is a concern, consider the size down. A Mercury Ford Escape or Toyota can do almost everything that a can, and you can choose a hybrid powerplant to maximize your gas

Forgive me if I don’t get the tingles at the of a Mercury Mountaineer. I know it’s important for Lincoln dealers to have an SUV on their floors. I just wish there was more distinction in the and more magic left in the name.

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