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1997 Mercury Mountaineer

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1997 Mercury Mountaineer Review

The original upscale SUV.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The 1997 Mercury Mountaineer provides a brand-new sport utility vehicle based on the Ford Explorer design. Its design focuses on suburban driving and keeps families in mind. However, unlike many family oriented SUVs the Mercury Mountaineer does not sacrifice much performance, especially in comparison to the Ford Explorer. The Mountaineer still offers solid off-road and roadway performance, with a powerful eight-cylinder engine under the hood.

The Mercury Mountaineer makes a good choice for a family SUV due to the large, well-appointed interior. The optional features list includes several luxury features, which improve comfort beyond what most rivals offer. Off-road drivers still find it a solid offering if they consider comfort an important factor. The performance as a purely off-road vehicle seems competitive, but some of the more performance-oriented models that do not offer much in the way of comfort or interior features beat the Mountaineer on price. However, it offers a good value for drivers who want comfort and performance in one package.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 5.0-liter eight-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Mercury Mountaineer

What's New

The 1997 Mercury Mountaineer starts as a brand-new model.

Exterior

The 1997 Mercury Mountaineer classifies as an attractive four-door SUV. The styling looks curved and graceful in comparison to the more functional designs found on most SUVs. Alloy wheels and power mirrors come standard. A camper towing package, keyless entry, and a roof rack remain available as optional features.

Interior

The Mercury Mountaineer offers drivers and passengers a luxurious and spacious interior. Standard features include cruise control, air-conditioning, a leather trim steering wheel, and a cassette player. In addition, a CD player, a CD changer, an overhead console, JBL audio, auto-dimming mirrors, an anti-theft system, leather seating, and power seats comprise the optional features for the 1997 Mercury Mountaineer. Overall, this offers all occupants superb comfort.

Performance & Handling

The Mercury Mountaineer offers better than average roadway performance. The eight-cylinder engine delivers good acceleration. Handling and maneuverability feels solid, outperforming many SUVs, but the 1997 Mercury Mountaineer seems a little less agile than a car or other smaller vehicles. Off-road performance remains solid, with enough power to keep going. However, the design seems better suited for poor road conditions and dirt roads rather than true all-terrain driving.

Safety

The 1997 Mercury Mountaineer comes equipped with dual front airbags, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, and traction control to protect all occupants.

EPA Fuel Economy

Mercury Mountaineer: 12/17 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Good acceleration
  • Four-wheel drive option
  • Large cargo capacity

You Won't Like

  • Poor fuel economy

Sum Up

The original upscale SUV.

If You Like This Vehicle

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