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2003 Mercury Mountaineer

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2003 Mercury Mountaineer Review

Good looks and lots of safety features are part of the total package.

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Overview

For the first two generations of its existence, the Mercury Mountaineer was a true contender in the SUV class. It offers decent performance, a comfortable ride, and lots of amenities in the cabin. Unlike many of its rivals, this SUV actually deserves the name and does have some off road capabilities. It also features all-wheel drive as opposed to four-wheel and has a softer suspension than most other SUVs in its model year. Mercury redesigned the Mountaineer in the 2002 model year. After that, it had markedly improved performance and handling capabilities. This is a good vehicle choice for small to medium-sized families or anyone looking for a reliable SUV with plenty of options.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 4.0-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Mercury Mountaineer Convenience, Mercury Mountaineer Luxury, Mercury Mountaineer Premier

What's New

The 2003 Mercury Mountaineer adds several new standard features, including power adjustable pedals, automatic headlamps, and heated exterior mirrors. Two illuminated visors and security approach lamps were added for this year as well. On the Luxury edition, it adds an Audiophile radio system and color keyed running boards. For the Premier, things changed with the addition of a power sunroof and Security Group, which added several new safety features to the model.

Exterior

The 2003 Mercury Mountaineer has a solid, dependable look about it, important for a SUV. It's rather boxy in shape overall, but has large, square-like shaped headlights and a distinctive grille. The logo is featured in the center of the grille and it has a roof rack. The sides of the vehicle offer classic, crisp lines, and the rear end of is squared off with easy access to the cargo area. Mercury offered this model in several attractive colors, including some two-toned models. Some of the more popular color choices included Mineral Gray Metallic, Vivid Red Metallic and Light Mineral Gray two-toned, as well as True Blue Metallic and Medium Gray Metallic.

Interior

The 2003 Mercury Mountaineer is comfortable and provides a great deal of room for people and cargo. On the lower trim levels, it features cloth bucket front seats. The driver’s seat is height adjustable and also features adjustable lumbar support. This cabin has three row seating and the third seat manually folds for extra cargo space. The back also has its own ventilation ducts and armrest with storage in the center. Naturally, the higher trim levels offer all of this in addition to leather front seats. Both the driver and the passenger seats are height adjustable and offer lumbar support. Both seats are heated as well. The steering wheel is tilt adjustable and has controls for the audio system and cruise control is conveniently located. The leather covered steering wheel offers an elegant touch as well. It has a seven-speaker sound system complete with one subwoofer.

Performance & Handling

While many truck-based SUVs are known to drive and ride pretty rough, the 2003 Mercury Mountaineer isn’t one of them. In the second generation, it's famous for its comfortable ride. It also offers nice handling and makes for a good SUV for the demanding driver. The independent rear suspension also helps to ensure driver and passengers get to enjoy a comfortable, smooth ride. Another benefit is that it offers refined performance and is sure to do well on the road or highway.

Safety

Standard safety features on the 2003 Mercury Mountaineer include four-wheel anti-lock brakes, ventilated front disc and solid rear disc brakes, and an engine immobilizer. It is also equipped with height adjustable front and rear headrests. The tire pressure monitoring system is new for this model year and is available on all trim levels. The front seatbelts are pre-tensioning and the rear center has a three point belt. Child seat anchors and rear door child safety locks are standard equipment as well.

EPA Fuel Economy

Mercury Mountaineer: 14/19 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Offers a DVD entertainment system
  • Independent rear suspension
  • Impressive powertrains
  • Rollover protection system is available
  • Adequate seating for up to seven people

You Won't Like

  • Some inexpensive interior materials
  • Doesn’t have a stability control system

Sum Up

Good looks and lots of safety features are part of the total package.

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