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2000 Mercury Mountaineer Review
Decent SUV, but it’s due for a redesign.
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The 2000 Mercury Mountaineer is a vehicle based off of the Ford Explorer SUV. However, it is a bit different, especially in the way it’s marketed. This smaller SUV is targeted to the family man or woman, as opposed to the stereotypical rugged, out-door types associated with an off-road driving. Being so, it is a little more suited to the suburban wilderness as opposed to the literal one. Even though it is for city driving, it certainly has its faults. Gas mileage is atrocious. It isn’t nearly as refined as the Explorer, and is in desperate need of an update. The price would suggest this is worth having, but price doesn’t always indicate quality.
Engines: 4.0-liter V-6, 5.0-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed automatic
Models: Mercury Mountaineer
The 2000 Mercury Mountaineer has brand new Premier and Monterey packages that increase the luxury factor of this family vehicle. The packages include tanned leather seating, special paint (Spruce Green), alloy wheels, and wood trim on the dashboard.
The 2000 Mercury Mountaineer shares a lot in common with the Explorer, even the exterior features. It has the Premier and Monterey packages available, which allow you to customize the exterior. The Premier package models only come in a Spruce Green color to differentiate them from other models. The grille, side moldings, bumpers, liftgate moldings, running boards, and rear quarter extension all come color keyed to the Spruce Green paint job. Standard exterior features on the base model include a limited rear slip differential, power brakes, rear window defroster, two-tone paint, 15-inch alloy wheels, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, intermittent windshield wipers, a roof rack, and running boards. Optional features include chrome wheels, a camper/towing package, power moonroof, self-leveling suspension, an anti-theft alarm system, and skid plates.
The 2000 Mercury Mountaineer comes equipped with standard bucket seats for the passengers, although there are captain’s chairs available as well. It holds five passengers and includes a rear-seat bench that folds away for greater cargo storage area. It is jam packed with features. Standard furnishings on the base model include two captain’s chairs, a center console, lighted entry system, cloth seating, cruise control, power steering, remote trunk release, tilt steering wheel, leather steering wheel trim, air-conditioning, intermittent windshield wiper, power windows, power locks, power exterior mirrors, and an AM/FM cassette player. Optional features include a power driver’s seat, power front passenger seat, sport seats, a CD player, universal garage door opener, keyless entry system, overhead console, power moonroof, leather seating, steering wheel audio controls, rear parking sensors, automatic climate control, automatic on/off headlights, auto-dim rear view mirror, and a premium audio system. A special interior package adds floor mats, leather-trimmed power-adjustable sport bucket seats, and a wood-grain instrument panel.
Performance & Handling
The 2000 Mercury Mountaineer comes equipped with one of two engine types. The base engine is a 4.0-liter V-6 that produces 210 horsepower. A second engine is available, a 5.0-liter V-8 that produces 215 horsepower. The V-6 engine uses a five-speed automatic transmission. The V-8 engine uses a four-speed automatic transmission. Both models are available as a two-wheel- or four-wheel-drive configuration. It has a truck-like quality, feeling very sturdy on and off-road. The steering is a bit of a problem, reacting slowly when on the pavement. However, the braking and suspension are excellent, although the SUV will bounce a bit when meeting rough roads. A Control-Trac system is available for those living in rugged areas where full-wheel control is necessary.
The 2000 Mercury Mountaineer comes equipped with four-wheel anti-lock brakes, driver and passenger front airbags, and fog lights. The NHTSA gave four out of five stars for front passenger and driver safety and five stars for side impact to the front and rear. The IIHS gave a score of ""acceptable,"" its second best score, for overall driver and passenger safety.
EPA Fuel Economy
Mercury Mountaineer 5.0-liter V-8 two-wheel drive: 13/18 mpg city/highway
Mercury Mountaineer 4.0-liter V-6 four-wheel drive: 14/19 mpg city/highway
Mercury Mountaineer 5.0-liter V-8 four-wheel drive: 13/18 mpg city/highway
- Powerful engines
- Great standard features
- Four-wheel drive available
You Won't Like
- Too much like the Ford Explorer
- Terrible fuel economy
Decent SUV, but it’s due for a redesign.
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