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2005 Mercury Mountaineer

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2005 Mercury Mountaineer Review

A stylish, safe, and versatile truck-based SUV that seats seven.

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The 2005 Mercury Mountaineer classifies as a midsize, truck-based SUV that’s closely related mechanically to the Ford Explorer. Like the Explorer, the Mountaineer got a redesign in 2002. The Mountaineer also uses the same rugged body-on-frame construction utilized by the Explorer.

For 2005 Mercury offers the Mountaineer in three trim levels: Convenience, Luxury, and Premium. All models can be equipped with either rear or all-wheel drive. AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control becomes standard across the line.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 4.0-liter V-6 flex-fuel, 4.0-liter V-6, 4.6-liter V-8
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Mercury Mountaineer Convenience, Mercury Mountaineer Luxury, Mercury Mountaineer Premier

What's New

New features for the 2005 Mercury Mountaineer include a standard AdvanceTrac stability control system with Roll Stability Control. A newly available Designer Series package includes suede interior trim, scuff plates, and 17-inch chrome wheels. Reclining outboard seats have been added to the 40/20/40-split second row of seating and Mercury offers an optional eight-way power driver’s seat. The Mountaineer’s roof rack has been redesigned to feature raised side rails.


The Mountaineer is a truck-based SUV with a 113.8-inch wheelbase. It stands some 72.5 inches tall, measuring 190.9 inches long. The Convenience comes equipped with 16-inch aluminum wheels, while both the Luxury and the Premier roll on 17-inch aluminum wheels. The Premier edition also features color-keyed body components and a moonroof.

Standard features for the base include 16-inch alloy wheels, all-season tires, a digital keypad, power door locks, and power mirrors. The Luxury adds power heated mirrors.


The 2005 Mercury Mountaineer provides standard seating for seven passengers. Third-row seating can be folded flat for extra storage room. The Convenience includes standard interior features such as a CD player and remote keyless entry. Interior features for the Luxury include dual-zone climate control and front-seat heating. The Premier edition boasts most of the same features as well as a 290-watt stereo system with a six-disc CD changer. Adjustable pedals provide an option for both the Luxury and Premier. Also, a DVD entertainment system for rear passengers remains available.

Leather upholstery comes standard across the line. It feels comfortable and holds drivers and passengers securely in place. Gauges look well laid-out and easy to read. With the second and third rows of seating folded down the Mountaineer accommodates 81.4 cubic feet of cargo.

Performance & Handling

The 2005 Mercury Mountaineer offers better on-road drivability than many models in its class. The 4.0-liter V-6 produces 210 horsepower. However, the available 4.6-liter V-8 produces 239 horses. Unfortunately, both engines seem somewhat taxed when handling steep off-road terrain. The Mountaineer boasts a fully independent suspension that’s well cushioned and highly absorbent of bumps and irregularities both on-road and offroad. The Mountaineer’s permanent all-wheel drive seems effective and operates without the need for driver intervention.

The 2005 Mountaineer makes use of an innovative independent porthole-in-frame rear suspension that features half-shafts, which poke, through special holes in the chassis. This configuration helps facilitate a smoother ride and allows for a lower step-in height for entering and exiting the vehicle. It also provides for additional space to accommodate the third row of seating.


Standard safety features for the 2005 Mercury Mountaineer include anti-lock brakes, side-curtain airbags for first- and second-row occupants, and a Reverse Sensing System. In NHTSA crash tests for passenger protection the 2005 Mountaineer earns five out of five stars. It receives four out of five for passenger protection and five out of five for front and rear side-impact protection. It earns three stars in rollover crash tests. The Mountaineer gets a top rating of ""Good"" in IIHS frontal-offset tests and a lowest rating of ""Poor"" in rear crash protection and head-restraint tests.

EPA Fuel Economy

Mercury Mountaineer: 13/19 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Good ride and handling for a truck-based SUV
  • Excellent power with optional V-8
  • Comfortable cabin with sensible layout
  • Crash safety

You Won't Like

  • Utilizes some low-grade materials
  • Low resale value
  • Confusing controls on higher trim levels
  • Poor fuel economy

Sum Up

A stylish, safe, and versatile truck-based SUV that seats seven.

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