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2006 Mercury Montego

  • 2006 Mercury Montego Luxury Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      N/A
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      203/207
    • ENGINE
      3.0L V6
    • MSRP
      $24,430
  • 2006 Mercury Montego Premier Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      N/A
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      203/207
    • ENGINE
      3.0L V6
    • MSRP
      $26,880
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2006 Mercury Montego Review

A basic, economical sedan with impressive cabin space.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The 2006 Mercury Montego is a full-size sedan with a roomy interior and impressive cargo capacity for a car of its size. Families with teens can appreciate the spacious legroom in both the front and rear seats. The unusually tall seating placement affords a commanding view of the road, which appeals to former sport utility vehicle drivers looking to size down.

The Mercury Montego first came on the market in the 1960s as a replacement for the popular Mercury Comet. In the 1970s, a Montego even won several NASCAR races. By the 1990s, the name largely disappeared from the market, but Mercury resurrected the Montego model in 2005. Drivers looking for a more stylish, sporty car may not be excited by it, but with its spacious cabin and easy around-town handling, it can be a good option for families, especially those on a budget.

A three-liter, V-6 engine comes standard, with the choice of a six-speed automatic or a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Drivers can also choose front drive or all-wheel drive.

Trim options include Luxury and Premier models. The Luxury trim comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, a six-way power driver’s seat, and dual-zone automatic climate control. Stepping up to the Premier trim brings 18-inch wheels, leather upholstery, seat memory, an upgraded stereo system, perimeter lighting, and heated front seats. Many of these options also come as upgrades to the Luxury trim.

The Range

Body styles: sedan
Engines: 3.0-liter V-6
Transmissions: six-speed automatic, CVT
Models: Mercury Montego Luxury, Mercury Montego Premier

What's New

The 2006 Mercury Montego shows little change from the previous year. New options include a rear-seat DVD entertainment system and a navigation system. The 2006 model also includes a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter. Other options include a moonroof, adjustable pedals, and a reverse sensing system.

Exterior

The simple, elegant design of the 2006 Mercury Montego offers nothing fancy. Based on a modified Volvo platform shared with the Montego’s cousin, the Ford 500, the 2006 model makes extensive use of Volvo safety and all-wheel-drive technology. Details include body-color front and rear bumpers and chrome trim around the side windows. The windows use heat-reflective glass and are tinted in the rear. For visibility in bad weather or nighttime driving, the 2006 Mercury Montego comes standard with front fog lights and complex-surface-lens, xenon-bulb headlamps.

Interior

The two-tone design of the 2006 Mercury Montego makes it similar to European sedans. Both the front and rear seats offer plenty of legroom, and the 60/40-split folding rear seats and fold-flat front seat allow for extra cargo room. With the front passenger seat and rear seats folded down, the Montego can hold items as long as nine feet. The trunk offers a remarkable 21 cubic feet of space. Families with older kids and teenagers will appreciate the spacious cockpit and cabin, as everyone needs the extra legroom.

Performance & Handling

The 3.0-liter V-6 standard engine on the 2006 Mercury Montego produces a somewhat lackluster 203 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque. All front-drive models come standard with a six-speed automatic transmission, while all-wheel-drive models come equipped with CVT. The Volvo-designed chassis and CVT provide a smooth ride and excellent handling, but drivers might find the lack of power a drawback for highway driving and climbing up steep grades. Of the two transmission models, the CVT offers the smoother ride, but some drivers might find the lack of gears disorienting.

Safety

The 2006 Mercury Montego comes standard with anti-lock disc brakes and electronic brakeforce distribution. Child safety locks on the rear doors and an emergency interior trunk release help keep kids safe, while optional side-impact and side curtain airbags offer greater protection for passengers. Traction control comes standard, but stability control is not available. In the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s crash tests, the Mercury Montego receives a perfect five-star rating across the board. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety designates the Montego a ""Best Pick"" in its frontal-offset testing.

EPA Fuel Economy

Mercury Montego Luxury: 20/27 mpg city/highway
Mercury Montego Premier: 20/27 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Huge back seat and trunk
  • Smooth ride
  • Responsive handling
  • Visibility
  • All-wheel drive

You Won't Like

  • Mediocre stereo options
  • Lackluster acceleration
  • Stability control unavailable

Sum Up

A basic, economical sedan with impressive cabin space.

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