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1995 Mercury Mystique Sedan

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1995 Mercury Mystique

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Overview

Five years ago, Ford decided the time was right to develop a "world car" that would be designed and engineered on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean and sold in markets all around the globe.

Although the company had achieved only moderate success with this global strategy in the past, Ford was fairly sure that consumer tastes, safety standards and emissions regulations had become sufficiently similar across the board for the concept to finally take off.

The world-car benefits to the automobile manufacturer are multiple: reduced duplication of effort with regards to engineering, reduced manufacturing cost and even some simplification of marketing campaigns.

The benefit to U.S. consumers is a car with a European character, meaning it has exceptional handling, a plus for accident avoidance and driving pleasure.

Three cars have emerged from Ford's world-car decision. In Europe, the vehicle is called the Ford Mondeo, while the U.S. versions are known as the Ford Contour and Mercury Mystique.

The European Mondeo, introduced in March 1993, was voted 1994 European Car of the Year by an international panel of automotive writers, and more than a half-million orders have been placed since its introduction. Ford's ultimate plan is to sell 800,000 of these cars annually in 59 markets around the world.

Contour and Mystique models, assembled at Ford's Kansas City, Missouri, and Cuautitlan, Mexico, plants, made their showroom debut in September.

Walkaround

In reality, the Contour and Mystique share nearly all structural and powertrain elements. Aside from their different front and rear body panels and some small differences in interior design, the two cars are very much alike.

The Mystique's exterior is clean and contemporary. Its wide wheel stance gives it a cab-forward look, the design discipline made famous by Chrysler. The cowl and hood are low, creating a sleek profile.

The Mystique is available with a choice of two all-new engines: a base 125-hp 2.0-liter 4-cylinder and a spirited 2.5-liter V6. The transmissions - a standard 5-speed manual and a 4-speed automatic - are also new. The Mystique comes in two models: GS and the upscale LS. Our test car was an LS with an automatic.

In size, the Mystique falls into the smaller end of the broad midsize class, with dimensions that are very similar to the Honda Accord. However, the top of the Mystique price range falls well short of what you'd pay for a similarly equipped Accord or Toyota Camry. In the case of our V6-powered test car, the manufacturer's suggested retail price - $19,690 - is about $5000 south of a V6 Camry or Accord.

Although the Contour and Mystique are more expensive than the cars they replaced - the Ford Tempo and Mercury Topaz - they're still competitively priced. And they're much better cars.

Interior Features

Closing the doors of our Mystique LS yielded a very solid and authoritative sound, which equates with quality construction. We were also impressed with the trunk's low liftover, and cargo capacity is a little larger than in an Accord, although it's smaller than that of the new Chrysler Cirrus/Dodge Stratus.

Like most sedans in this size class, the Mystique's cargo capacity can be expanded by folding either or both of the rear seatbacks forward. A handy touch here is the release mechanism, which is located inside the trunk.

Although our Mystique's doors scored points for their fit and closure, we weren't as impressed with the size of the openings leading to the rear-seat area. The doors were wide on the outside, but the actual access size was smaller. This may seem peculiar, but you can chalk it up to safety. A key design goal was a rigid unibody with good rollover protection. As a result, the car's roof pillars are exceptionally wide and sturdy.

The Mystique stacks up well in other safety areas, with dual airbags, side-impact protection that meets 1997 federal standards and childproof rear door locks. Our test car included

4-wheel disc brakes as standard equipment, though anti-lock brakes (ABS) were optional. ABS-equipped cars also offer the option of a traction control system, which was part of our test car package.

Our test car's power-adjust-able front bucket seats had a Mercedes-style control. The switch looks like the profile of a seat, and you simply wiggle it to match the seat position you want.

These are exceptionally comfortable and supportive front seats, perhaps the best in the midsize class. However, the rear seats earn a minus. The seats themselves are comfortable, but there is neither enough leg- nor headroom for adult passengers. Like all midsize cars, the Mystique is rated as 5-passenger vehicle. These ratings are usually optimistic, and particularly so here.

Behind the wheel, we felt that the Mystique was clearly designed for people who like to drive. Although the dashboard was composed of too many separate pieces, its sweeping curves were attractive, and the major instrument array included a tachometer.

We liked the tactile feel of the controls, which were nicely located. The knobs for the climate controls rotated precisely, the headlight switch was clearly placed to the left of the instrument panel and the ashtray slid open with a single touch.

We also appreciated the cup-holder design; it popped up out of a vertical slot in the center console.

The console itself doesn't provide much storage space, but the Mystique makes up for it elsewhere by using every nook and cranny for places to stash away your small stuff.

There are map pockets built into the door panels, a little cubby for a garage-door opener to the left of the driver's knee and a small coin bin high on the dashboard.

Driving Impressions

To make the ride more compatible with American tastes, Ford has softened the suspension of both the Contour and the Mystique from the setup used in the Mondeo. Despite the adjustment, the Mystique delivers a very sporty feel and terrific response. The body stays level going around corners, and the steering is quick and accurate. We found the ride of our LS test car to be slightly on the firm side, though.

The optional V6 engine displayed some real spirit. Even with an automatic transmission, its response was snappy, particularly in the middle range of engine speeds, when you want a burst of acceleration to pull out and pass.

Another endearing feature of this engine is its maintenance schedule. Aside from regular oil changes, you shouldn't have to visit your dealer for the first 100,000 miles. In a segment of the market that's awash with good V6 engines, the new Con-tour/Mystique V6 stands out as one of the very best.

It also has a side effect that might not be quite what Ford intended. Compared with the optional V6, the performance of the basic 2.0-liter 4-cylinder seems very ordinary.

Summary

The Mystique is an attractive addition to the Mercury lineup, and it's also a car that's sure to please those people who really enjoy driving.

It's a far more advanced car than the Topaz, which sold primarily because of its low price. The Mystique is more expensive, but its price structure is still attractive compared with competing import brands.

The Mystique's one key weak point is its relatively tight rear-seat area. It's a little snug for families with kids over 10 years old. But for singles, young couples with no kids or families with small children, this car rates a test drive.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Opt
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Opt
Traction/Stability Control Opt

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
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Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

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Mercury Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

Manufacturer's 7 years / 100,000 miles Powertrain Limited Warranty from original in-service date. 12-month/12,000-mile comprehensive limited warranty. See dealer for details. Rental Car Reimbursement $30/day.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 2010-2011 model years & less than 80,000 miles
Lease Term Certified Yes
Point Inspection 172
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $100

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