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2005 Mercury Monterey Review
A safe, stylish, luxury minivan.
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The Mercury Monterey minivan premiered in 2004 as an upscale version of the Ford Freestar. The Monterey is available in three trim levels: Convenience, Luxury, and Premier. All trims feature a 4.2-liter, V-6 engine; front drive; and a four-speed automatic transmission with overdrive. Seven passengers can fit in the standard Monterey with front bucket seats, two rear bucket seats, and third-row bench seat. A second-row bench seat is a no-cost option, and the third-row seat can fold into the floor for extra cargo space or flip backwards for tailgate seating.
Engines: 4.2-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Mercury Monterey Convenience, Mercury Monterey Luxury, Mercury Monterey Premier
For 2005, Mercury adds heated and cooled leather seats with perforated suede inserts to the standard features list on the Premier model. AdvanceTrac stability control and a liftgate spoiler are optional on the Luxury and Premier models. A power liftgate is now optional for the Luxury model, and all models can be equipped with a Class I or Class II towing package.
The 2005 Monterey features Mercury’s signature waterfall grille in the front with monochromatic cladding with satin aluminum accents on the sides. Power sliding rear doors are standard on the Luxury and Premier models. Built on a 120.8-inch wheelbase, the Monterey measures 201 inches long overall and stands 70.8 inches tall. The Convenience model features 16-inch polished alloy wheels, intermittent front and rear wipers, a rear defogger, power-opening rear quarter windows, front foglights, remote power door locks, and power windows. Moving up to the Luxury model adds a roof rack; auto-delay-off, dusk-sensing headlamps; digital keypad power door locks; and power-adjustable, heated mirrors with turn signals. The Premier model comes standard with all the Luxury model’s features plus a power liftgate. A rear spoiler is optional on the Luxury and Premier models.
The 2005 Mercury Monterey can fit seven passengers in its roomy cabin. Pulling a lever moves the second-row seats out of the way for easy access to the third row. The second-row seats also fold and tumble forward for extra cargo room and can be removed without tools. Some of the cabin ergonomics may leave drivers disappointed. The handbrake lever is a reach, and the front headrest impedes visibility. Also, the seat bottoms are on the short side, and the seats don’t move very far back, so taller occupants may be cramped. The Convenience model features a six-way power driver’s seat with manual adjustable lumbar support, folding rear seatback, a manual-folding third-row bench seat, rear ventilation ducts and fan control, three 12-volt power outlets throughout the cabin, steering wheel-mounted cruise controls, front and rear parking sensors, a tilt-adjustable steering wheel, dual-zone air-conditioning, and an AM/FM in-dash single CD player stereo with speed-sensitive volume control.
The 2005 Mercury Monterey's Luxury model upgrades the stereo to an in-dash, six-disc CD changer with rear volume control, and adds leather upholstery, adjustable pedals, and a leather steering wheel with built-in audio and cruise controls. The Premier model pulls out all the stops with leather and suede upholstery, multi-level heating for the driver’s and passenger seats, a six-way power passenger seat with manual adjustable lumbar support, a universal remote transmitter, and three-zone climate control. A rear-seat DVD entertainment system is optional on Luxury and Premier models.
Performance & Handling
The 2005 Mercury Monterey is mated with a 4.2-liter, V-6 engine and a four-speed automatic transmission that generates 201 horsepower and 263 lb-ft of torque. All models are front drive and feature front independent McPherson-strut suspension and torsion-beam rear suspension. The acceleration and power of the Monterey is sufficient for most driving situations, and the transmission is smooth and precise, although it’s possible to accidentally slip right by the right setting when using the column-mounted shift lever. The long wheelbase offers a stable ride, but the body structure transmits vibrations on rough roads and allows sharp bumps and ruts to pound through.
The 2005 Mercury Monterey comes with standard safety features that include four-wheel anti-lock ventilated disc brakes, child seat anchors, rear door child safety locks, an engine immobilizer, dual front airbags with passenger-sensing deactivation, three-point seatbelts in rear center seats, front seatbelt pre-tensioners, and electronic brakeforce distribution. The Luxury and Premier models add full-length side curtain airbags and front side-mounted airbags. The Monterey rates a perfect five stars for driver and front passenger protection in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) frontal-impact crash tests. In side-impact testing, the Monterey earns four stars for rear passenger protection and five stars for driver protection. The NHTSA gives the Monterey four stars for rollover resistance.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Many safety and convenience features
- V-6 has plenty of torque
- Classy interior design
You Won't Like
- Poor fuel economy
- Interior ergonomics
- Ride comfort on rough pavement
A safe, stylish, luxury minivan.
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