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2004 Mercury Mountaineer

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2004 Mercury Mountaineer Review

Lots of stylish accents and safety features, this SUV is good for families.

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For the first two generations of its existence, the Mercury Mountaineer was a true contender in the SUV class. This vehicle 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 chose to redesign the Mountaineer in the 2002 model year. After that, the SUV 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: sport utility vehicle
Engines: 4.0-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Mercury Mountaineer Convenience, Mercury Mountaineer Luxury, Mercury Mountaineer Premier

What's New

For the 2004 model year Mercury chose to make several changes to the Mountaineer. On the Convenience model the audio system no longer has a cassette player. This trim level also was given the option of power adjustable pedals. Two-wheel drive Mountaineer models were given Advance Trac stability control system as an option. The Luxury and Premier models now have a standard tire pressure monitoring system and second row bucket seats are optional for those trim levels as well. The Luxury models also come with an optional upgraded Audiophile audio system with an in dash CD changer.


The 2004 Mercury Mountaineer has a solid, dependable look about it, important for a SUV. This vehicle is rather boxy in shape overall, but has large, square like shaped headlights and a distinctive grille. The Mercury logo is featured in the center of the grille. This SUV also has a roof rack. The sides of the vehicle offer classic, crisp lines and the rear end of the SUV are squared off with easy access to the cargo area. Mercury offered this model in several attractive colors including some two-toned models.


The interior of the 2004 Mercury Mountaineer is comfortable and provides a great deal of room for people and cargo. On the lower trim levels, the Mountaineer 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 of the vehicle 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 conveniently located. The leather covered steering wheel offers an elegant touch as well. This vehicle has a seven speaker sound system complete with one subwoofer.

Performance & Handling

While many truck-based SUVs are known to driver and ride pretty rough, the 2004 Mercury Mountaineer isn’t one of them. This vehicle, especially in the second generation, is famous for its comfortable ride. This SUV 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 got to enjoy a comfortable, smooth ride. Another benefit of the Mountaineer is that it offers refined performance and is sure to do well on the road or highway.


Mercury is well known for providing its vehicles with plenty of safety features and the 2004 Mountaineer is no exception. Standard safety features on the Mountaineer include four-wheel anti-lock brakes, ventilated front disc and solid rear disc brakes, and an engine immobilizer. This vehicle 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: 14/20 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Good crash test scores
  • Nice ride and handling for a truck based SUV
  • Powerful V-8 engine option
  • Comfortable cabin with user friendly features

You Won't Like

  • Low resale value
  • Some lower quality materials
  • Unimpressive fuel economy
  • Awkward controls on highline models

Sum Up

Lots of stylish accents and safety features, this SUV is good for families.

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