The Mercury Mountaineer is a midsize SUV offering room for five or seven passengers. Introduced for the 1997 model year, the Mountaineer is based on the same platform underpinning the Ford Explorer.
Mercury Mountaineer Overview
The Mercury Mountaineer was offered for 14 model years and covered three generations. The first-generation model was introduced for 1997 and built through 2001. The second-generation Mountaineer was introduced for 2002 and built through 2005. The final generation ran from 2006 to 2010.
Upon its introduction, the Mountaineer offered one trim and engine choice: a 5.0-liter V8 engine paired with a four-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive was standard and all-wheel drive was available. This model offers 42.6 cubic feet of standard cargo space or 81 cubic feet with the rear seat folded.
Starting with the 1998 model, a second powertrain combination was offered: a 4.0-liter V6 engine that comes with a five-speed automatic transmission. Mercury also introduced a third drivetrain option: a four-wheel drive system with a two-speed transfer case.
The following year, an available road-leveling system was introduced. For 2001, a child seat tether and anchor system was released.
The second-generation Mountaineer was introduced for 2002. Two engine choices were available: a 4.0-liter V6 engine and a new 4.6-liter V8. Both engines come with a five-speed automatic transmission.
The second-generation model measures 2.5 inches wider than the previous generation and it also gained an independent rear suspension. A third-row seat option was made available, increasing passenger capacity to seven.
For 2003, the Mountaineer gained standard features such as automatic headlamps, heated side mirrors and power-adjustable pedals. Optional features were also added, such as a power sunroof and a new rear-seat entertainment system.
Beginning with the 2004 model, optional stability control was added. The following year stability control and roll stability control were bundled and made standard. Other changes brought in a Designer Series package featuring chrome wheels, scuff plates and suede trim.
For 2006, the Mountaineer underwent a redesign that welcomed in the third generation. A new platform, updated front and rear fascias and a new tailgate were introduced. The V6 was revised and the optional V8 engine was updated. A six-speed automatic transmission was also added to the lineup and a navigation system was made available.
An auxiliary input jack was made standard for 2007, while a heated windshield became available across the model line. The available rear-seat entertainment system gained an 8-inch screen.
Late in the 2008 model year, Mercury Sync became available. This basic infotainment system allowed voice control of phones and music. An updated navigation system was released 2009. No changes were made for 2010, which was the Mountaineer’s final year of production.
Besides the Ford Explorer, the Mercury Mountaineer may be compared with the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Durango, Nissan Pathfinder and Toyota 4Runner.