Introduced in the 2004 model year, the Mercury Monterey replaced the Villager as Mercury’s leading minivan model. This vehicle is well equipped and it’s clear it is intended to meet the needs of a family. There are plenty of standard and safety features to make it a viable used car buy for the right person or family. It’s important to note the 4.2-liter V-6 engine doesn’t live up to the hype. Still, the Monterey has its place for those looking for a solid, dependable minivan. It’s attractive appearance and lots of extras make it worth a second look.
Body Styles: minivan
Engines: 4.2-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Mercury Monterey Convenience, Mercury Monterey Luxury, Mercury Monterey Premier
For the 2004 model year, the Monterey was brand new. It was introduced to the replace the Mercury Villager.
The 2004 Mercury Monterey is a classic minivan. It offers the same characteristics of any other van complete with sliding side doors and hatchback styled rear entry to the cargo area. All models are equipped with a roof rack and the front end of the Monterey is distinctive with a tampered nose. The headlights have a unique shape and the grille is designed much like many of Mercury’s other products with the logo in the center. This minivan was offered in a long list of color choices including Spruce Green Clearcoat Metallic, Black Clearcoat, and Matador Red Clearcoat Metallic just to name a few.
Each trim level of the Mercury Monterey is equipped a bit differently. In the Convenience package, one will find front bucket seats upholstered with cloth. The back seats are split folding and the third row is a manual bench folding style. The back of the vehicle also has its own ventilation ducts and center armrest. Power accessories are standard offerings as well. Cruise control and air conditioning come with the package, as does controls for these systems on the steering wheel.
In the middle of the road is the Luxury trim level. This one offers leather bucket front seats and a universal remote transmitter for garage doors and the like. A manual rear door easy entry feature is in place as well. Cruise control with controls on the steering wheel is standard features as well.
The highest end trim level, the Premier, offers lots of cabin options as well. With this trim level the front seats are bucket styled, but are upholstered with leather instead of cloth. The driver’s seat and front passenger seat is heated with multiple levels to choose from and have manual adjustable lumbar support. The power features are the same as the lower trim levels but this model also has a digital keypad for the door locks. The Premier has adjustable pedals, a leather steering wheel, and a six CD player sound system included.
Performance & Handling
Introduced in the 2004 model year, the Monterey was offered as a replacement for the Villager. The Mercury Monterey was larger and offered a more powerful engine, at least in theory. Even from the beginning the 4.2-liter V-6 under the hood of the Monterey didn’t offer as much power as its competitors. The engine is capable of 201 hp and runs with a four-speed automatic transmission. As it turns out, the competition typically had better fuel economy as well. In terms of performance and handling, the Monterey doesn’t do badly. It simply doesn’t have the power and precision expected from its powertrain.
Safety features are incredibly important especially for a vehicle intended for families, such as a minivan. The 2004 Mercury Monterey is equipped with plenty of features for driver’s peace of mind. This vehicle is equipped with four-wheel anti-lock brakes. It also goes the extra mile with airbags in the front, rear, and third row of the van. Naturally, child seat anchors and rear door child safety locks are in place as well. Front seatbelt pre-tensioners are standard equipment in the front along with headrests in the front and rear of the cabin. An engine immobilizer is available too.
EPA Fuel Economy
Mercury Monterey: 15/21 mpg city/highway
- Nice interior design
- Lots of torque in the V-6 engine
- Plenty of safety and convenience features
You Won't Like
- Doesn’t have the greatest fuel economy
- Limited horsepower
- Has fewer features than competitors
A decent minivan option, but it hasn’t gotten the attention of its rivals.
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