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2005 Mercury Monterey Van

4dr Convenience

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2005 Mercury Monterey

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Overview

The Mercury Monterey offers safety and convenience. Its third-row seat folds flat into the floor, offering lots of cargo space for a family of four, and it can carry up to seven. Most models come trimmed in leather. The Monterey is competitively priced, and is essentially a Ford Freestar, only a little more upscale, with a higher level of standard equipment and more options, including heated-and-cooled seats.

The Monterey comes standard with a big 4.2-liter V6 that packs a lot of torque, giving it good performance. It's rated to pull trailers of up to 3,500 pounds when equipped with a new Class II towing package. On the road, the Monterey is smooth and quiet with responsive steering and handling. Parking is made easier by its front and rear park-assist system.

Safety features abound, though some are optional. The Monterey stands out with its three-row Safety Canopy airbag system, designed to offer head protection for passengers in all three rows, and an occupant-sensing front-passenger airbag. The Monterey also offers four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes and AdvanceTrac stability control with traction control and panic brake assist, all of which can help the driver maintain control. There's a tire-pressure monitoring system and self-sealing tires. Monterey earned the highest possible score (five stars) in government frontal crash tests, and has been cited by the insurance industry for its offset-frontal crash performance.

Model Lineup

The 2005 Monterey comes in three trim levels. All are front-wheel drive, equipped with a big 4.2-liter V6 engine, a four-speed automatic transmission, and anti-lock brakes (ABS).

Convenience ($29,010) comes standard with dual-zone air conditioning, tilt steering wheel, cruise control, a six-way lumbar adjustment for the driver's seat, Securilock anti-theft system, overhead and front floor consoles with storage, a third-row seat that folds flat into the floor, and a park assist system that works going forward as well as in reverse. Safety Canopy curtain and side-impact air bags ($695) are optional.

The mid-level Luxury ($32,610) includes all of the above and adds: first and second-row leather seats, with buckets in the second row as well as first; leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls; power-adjustable pedals with memory; perimeter anti-theft system; power heated mirrors; dual-zone automatic climate control; third-row reading lamps; roof rails; and power sliding doors. The Safety Canopy and side-impact airbags come standard on Luxury and Premier.

The top-of-the line Premier ($34,910) includes everything on the Convenience and Luxury models plus: heated and cooled seats first-row seats; front-passenger lumbar adjustment; first- and second-row perforated suede seat inserts; power liftgate; and unique split-spoke design bright machined aluminum wheels.

AdvanceTrac electronic stability control with Brake Assist ($395) is available as an option for Luxury and Premier. Other options include self-sealing tires ($195) and a DVD rear-seat entertainment system ($1,395).

Walkaround

The Mercury Monterey is a traditionally styled minivan that blends in. Most of its bodywork is shared with the Ford Freestar. The vertically textured grille and more restrained headlamps distinguish the Mercury and suggest a family resemblance to the bolder Mountaineer sport-utility.

Satin-aluminum accents and a monochromatic color scheme hint at the Monterey's upscale ambitions. An optional liftgate spoiler adds a sporty note to 2005 Luxury and Premier models.

One unusual design feature is the way the front side windows lower below the inside portion of the door trim. When the window is fully down, the inner door panel sticks up above at a comfortable armrest height.

Turn-signal repeaters in the outside mirrors are a nice feature, helping to warn other motorists of your intentions, which can be particularly helpful when someone is in your blind spot. An interesting feature we noticed was that whenever one of the sliding side doors is open the mirror signal on that side blinks. It's a clever idea, and could help alert passing motorists that people are getting in or out of your Monterey.

Interior Features

The Monterey features the same interior as the Freestar, with more upscale materials. The focal point of the interior is a watch-like clock in the middle of the center dash. Both wood and bright-metal accents add richness.

Heating and air conditioning controls offer three zones of control, left, right, and rear, to tailor the temperature for your individual passengers. The rear A/C works well and is an important feature for kids and pets on hot days. The audio controls work fine, but don't exude quality. No navigation system is available.

Given Monterey's luxury aspirations, its seats could be more comfortable. The front seats are like bar stools, with narrow bottoms that lack side support. The good news is the front seats of the top-level Premier can be cooled as well as heated, good for cold winter mornings and hot summer afternoons.

Monterey seats seven: two in front, two in the second row, three in the third row. Like the front seats, the second-row captain's chairs are narrow and lack support, but there's plenty of room for two adults. The third-row bench seat works for pipsqueaks, but its short seat height makes it cramped for teenagers. Getting to the third row is relatively easy. The second-row seatbacks can be folded with one hand, which makes life easier when loading stuff in back. And the seat bottoms can be tumbled forward for crawling into the third row.

The Monterey offers plenty of room for cargo. Even when all seats are in place for seven passengers, there's 31.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row. A well behind the third row helps corral groceries and other stuff you put back there.

The third row folds easily into that well, leaving a large, flat floor and 71.6 cubic feet of cargo space. The seat's operation is among the best. Simply pull a set of clearly labeled straps numbered in sequence and the third row disappears. The head restraints push down into the seat so they don't have to be removed, a nice feature. Want to host a tailgate party? The third-row bench can be dropped backwards for alfresco dining out back.

The second-row seats don't disappear into the floor, but do flip up to create more cargo room. They fold and tumble forward like those on the Mercury Mountaineer, for easy access to the third row or to create even more cargo room. The second-row seats can be removed, but that's clumsy and a task better suited for two people. Doing so does turn the Monterey into a major cargo hauler, however. With the third-row seat folded and second-row seats removed, there's 131 cubic feet of cargo space, albeit less than what's available in the Chrysler Town & Country.

The Monterey has lots of storage for odds and ends, from bins in the rear sliding doors for books and toys to double map pockets in the front doors. A covered storage compartment on top of the dash is a good spot for cell phones and other small items. The storage compartment at the bottom of the center dash is handy for all kinds of things, but the plastic lid feels cheap, and the center console is the same story. Cup holders abound, including front door holders for 20-ounce bottles. A sturdy, well-positioned cup holder folds down from the side of each of the second-row seats. If kicked, as they likely will be, they snap back into their storage position against the seats. Some of the cup holders at the very rear are awkwardly positioned, however.

Overall, the Monterey is practical and convenient, but doesn't feel as refined as the best of the luxury minivans.

Driving Impressions

Mercury Monterey comes with only one engine, the bigger of the two offered on the Freestar. It's a 4.2-liter overhead-valve V6 that delivers 201 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque. It doesn't measure up to the 240 horsepower of the new Nissan Quest, nor the 230 horsepower of the redesigned Toyota Sienna. But Monterey serves up more torque than Sienna and Quest, which develop 242 pound-feet, and torque is the force you actually feel when you step on the gas, propelling you away from intersections and up steep grades. Monterey's 4.2-liter V6 is the largest in any minivan, and does a commendable job at passing. Monterey's four-speed automatic transmission shifts smoothly and quickly.

We found the Monterey Premier we drove to be smooth and quiet, though it's not the most refined vehicle in its class in terms of noise and vibration. We found its steering and handling responsive. The brakes seem effective and are smooth and easy to modulate for nice, smooth stops in daily driving.

Parking is made easier with the Monterey's excellent park-assist system, which signals the driver with increasingly fast beeping tones as the bumper approaches another object. The front and rear use different tones, making parallel parking a breeze. We found that the system beeped when someone walked in front or behind us, which can be helpful in crowded parking lots.

Summary

The Mercury Monterey is an extremely competent minivan. It shares much in common with the Ford Freestar, which generally carries a lower list price than does the Monterey. However, depending on the trim level and content package, a Monterey with all of its standard fare could represent a better value than a Freestar that has to be loaded up with options. And Mercury offers features that the Freestar does not, including a seat-cooling system and perforated suede upholstery in the first and second rows.

-With Mitch McCullough reporting from Los Angeles.

Model Line Overview
Base Price (MSRP)
$29,010
Model lineup:
Mercury Monterey Convenience ($29,010); Luxury ($32,610); Premier ($34,910)
Engines:
201-hp 4.2-liter OHV V6
Transmissions:
4-speed automatic
Safety equipment (Standard):
dual-stage front airbags; anti-lock brakes
Safety equipment (Optional):
side airbags and Safety Canopy side curtain airbags, stability control, traction control, self-sealing tires
Basic warranty:
3 years/36,000 miles
Assembled in:
Oakville, Ontario, Canada
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSRP):
Mercury Monterey Premier ($34,910)
Standard equipment:
dual-zone electronic automatic temperature control with rear seat controls, leather-trimmed first- and second-row seats with suede perforated inserts, driver and passenger heated-and-cooled seats, front-passenger lumbar adjustment, folding third-row-cloth bench, power liftgate, unique split-spoke design aluminum wheels and satin aluminum roof rails, forward and reverse park assist; leather-wrapped tilt steering wheel with audio and cruise controls, power-adjustable pedals, driver and passenger heated/memory mirrors, anti-theft system, first-row floor console storage, third-row reading lamps, black roof rails and power sliding doors
Options as tested:
AdvanceTrac stability control with traction control and Brake Assist ($395 w/discount); self-sealing tires ($195); roof rack w/crossbars ($75)
Destination charge:
685
Gas Guzzler Tax:
N/A
Price as tested (MSRP)
$36,595
Layout:
front-wheel drive
Engine:
4.2-liter OHV V6
Horsepower (hp @ rpm):
201 @ 4250
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):
265 @ 3500
Transmission:
4-speed automatic
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:
17/23 mpg.
Wheelbase:
120.8 in.
Length/width/height:
201.0/76.4/70.8 in.
Track, f/r:
64.7/62.8 in.
Turning circle:
39.5 ft.
Seating capacity:
7
Head/hip/leg room, f:
38.9/58.4/40.7 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:
39.7/66.4/37.9 in.
Head/hip/leg room, r:
38.1/48.1/30.6 in.
Cargo volume:
131.5 cu. ft.
Payload:
131.5
Towing capacity:
2000 lbs.
Suspension F:
independent, MacPherson struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar
Suspension R:
twist-beam axle with integrated anti-roll bar, coil springs, Panhard rod
Ground clearance:
N/A
Curb weight:
4434 lbs.
Tires:
P235/60R16 self-sealing
Brakes, f/r:
disc/disc w ABS and Brake Assist in.
Fuel capacity:
26 gal.

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Safety Ratings help

What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

Driver Crash Grade
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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Fog Lamps Std
Intermittent Wipers Std

Accident Prevention

Rear Parking Aid Std

Security

Anti-theft System Std
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Miles

Months

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 2009-2011 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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