Mercury Montego

The Mercury Montego was introduced in the late-1960s and was a replacement for the popular Mercury Comet. The car was intended to compete with the growing numbers of imported sedans. It was a midsize car manufactured by the Ford Motor Company under the Mercury brand name from 1968 to 1976. The name, ""Montego,"" was used for the first time in 1967 in Canada as part of the Mercury Meteor lineup. By the mid-1970s, the Mercury Montego grew substantially in popularity but was eventually discontinued in 1976. Before it went out of production, the car won several Nascar races in the early-1970s.

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Mercury Montego Origins

The design of the Mercury Montego was modified after 1976 and the nameplate was discontinued until the mid-2000s, when it was reintroduced as a full-size sedan. The vehicle was resurrected by Mercury with the same nameplate in 2005. It sported a different taillight and had a fresh grill. This revival, however, was short-lived, and beginning with the 2008 model-year, the car was rechristened as the Sable.

About the Mercury Montego

The Mercury Montego was a full-size sedan, which attracted customers being hassled by the lack of leg room in smaller cars and remained largely unchanged during its brief existence. The Montego, as well as its Ford twin, the Five Hundred, were manufactured on the modified Volvo platform. The Montego had several interesting features. For instance, the car had a significantly higher stance that offered the driver a very commanding view of the road ahead, almost similar to that of a sport utility vehicle (SUV). The car also had a very spacious rear seat and 221 cubic feet of cargo space in the trunk.

Mercury Montego Features

The 2007 Montego is a full-size sedan available with two trims: the basic Luxury and the more up-market Premier. The Luxury variant has more standard amenities than any other entry-level sedan in its class. These include HID xenon headlights, 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic dual-zone climate control, a six-way power driver seat, a CD player, leather-wrapped steering with audio controls, full-power accessories, and cruise control.

The Montego Premier has 18-inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery, remote perimeter lighting, a wood-grain interior trim, an upgraded music system, heated front seats, and some add-on features for the driver’s seat. Optional accessories include a moonroof, a navigation system, and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system.

Each variant of the Mercury Montego comes equipped with a 3.0-liter V-6 engine that generates 203 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque. Transmissions to the engine are dictated by the drive-train choice. The standard front-wheel drive option has a six-speed automatic transmission system, and the all-wheel drive is equipped with the Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) system. The all-wheel drive, however, is only available in the Premier version. The CVT offers the convenience and flexibility of an automatic transmission, but consists of infinite numbers of gear-ratios. The front-wheel drive Montego has a fuel economy rate of 21/29 mpg city/highway. As per Environmental Protection Agency tests, the rating of the four-wheel drive option is 19/25 mpg city/highway.

All variants of the Montego have a complete set of disc brakes, as well as electronic brake-force distribution and traction control. Seat-mounted side airbags are also standard in all models. These protect the torso of the front-seat occupant, while the side-impact airbags protect the head. Power-adjustable foot pedals are optional in the standard Luxury variant but come standard in the Premier variant.

The safety ratings of each car from the Mercury stable are outstanding, and the Montego is no different. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave a perfect five-star rating to the Montego, while the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) awarded the car the ‘Top Safety Pick’. This is the highest rating given by the IIHS.

Mercury Montego Evolution

The 2005-2006 version of the Mercury Montego was equipped with a V-6 engine that offered decent power for urban driving. Many buyers, however, wanted an added mid-range torque for driving on highways or climbing inclines. The car was popular, nevertheless, and had almost the same set of features as the 2007 version of the Montego. In fact, the features in the 2005-2006 Montego were carried over to the 2007 version.

With regard to the looks and feel of the car, the Mercury Montego introduced between 2005 and 2006 sported clean and crisp lines and two-tone interiors. The front seats had enough room to fit even the largest of drivers. Rear-seat passengers were treated to ample leg room as well. These seats could be folded flat to a 60/40 split and enabled passengers to carry items up to nine feet long. This is a rarity even in premium sedans. The trunk capacity of the Mercury Montego was also an impressive 21 cubic feet. The Mercury Montego, however, somehow lost out to the competition over the years, which led to its eventual discontinuation.

Select a Mercury Montego Year

2007 Mercury Montego

Midsize, Sedan

The 2007 Mercury Montego, not to be left behind in incorporating technology with vehicle manufacturing, ups its game on the audio and entertainment systems and the power driven features.

2006 Mercury Montego

Midsize, Sedan

The 2006 Mercury Montego is a full-size sedan with a roomy interior and impressive cargo capacity for a car of its size.

2005 Mercury Montego

Midsize, Sedan

The 2005 Mercury Montego premiered at the 2004 Chicago Auto Show as the company’s first all-new sedan since the original Sable debuted nearly 20 years ago.