The stylish 1996 Mercury Cougar XR7 shows an example of affordable American luxury that has been around since 1967. In its almost 30 years of production, the Cougar has offered style along with refinement, performance, and comfort. Adding several improvements to this year’s model, including front and rear styling changes and incremental cruise control, the Cougar also comes in four new exterior colors for 1996. This impressive coupe continues to be an appealing option for any buyer looking for a little classic style and real quality engineering at a great price.
The 1996 Cougar represents part of the car’s seventh generation, marked by a completely new body and chassis from older models. It only comes in one model: the XR7.
Body Styles: coupe
Engines: 3.8-liter six-cylinder, 4.6-liter eight-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Mercury Cougar XR7
Several changes have been made to this year’s Mercury Cougar, including a revamped powertrain and new front and rear exterior styling. Four new colors become available, as well as options such as an improved cruise control, an anti-theft alarm system, and several standard features as options.
A luxury two-door coupe, the 1996 Mercury Cougar’s front and rear styling has been modified for this year, debuting a new modern look for the vehicle. Some of the Cougar’s traditional styling—including a chrome grille, 15-inch wheels, and its stately roofline—remain intact.
Standard features inside the 1996 Cougar include a center console, a tilt steering wheel, power windows, air-conditioning, tinted glass, and cloth seating (though leather seating remains optional). The 1996 Mercury Cougar also features driver and passenger front airbags, a tachometer, and an AM/FM/cassette audio system.
An impressive list of luxury add-ons set the Cougar XR7 apart from the competition. Many outstanding options include an anti-theft alarm system, leather seating, and automatic climate control. This year’s Cougar can also be outfitted with a high-quality Total Anti-theft System, a premium audio system, lighted and keyless entry system, and power driver and front-passenger seats. Offering a touch of luxury at a relatively good price when compared to similar higher-end vehicles, consumers can expect prestige and performance out the Mercury Cougar.
Performance & Handling
The 1996 Mercury Cougar features a powerful 3.8-liter V-6 engine and can alternately be equipped with a hefty 4.6-liter V-8. Both engines offer an impressive 100,000-mile tune-up interval.
The 1996 Mercury Cougar’s standard safety features include driver and passenger front airbags.
EPA Fuel Economy
Mercury Cougar: 17/24 mpg city/highway
- Spacious interior ideal for taller passengers
- Sturdy engine requires little maintenance
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