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1999 Mercury Mystique Review
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The 1999 Mercury Mystique uses the same overall design as the Ford Contour and represents a co-developed vehicle between Ford and Mercury. The Mystique offers the performance and handling of more expensive sedans while keeping prices low due to the streamlined manufacturing process behind it. For its price range, the Mystique offers a higher level of performance than many other vehicles in the same class.
The standard features in the base model of the Mercury Mystique seem fairly sparse, even with the optional features. For some drivers, the lower price of this model might compensate for missing out on some basic amenities. However, a fully loaded Mercury Mystique GS still offers an excellent value and includes all of the standard features most drivers expect from a sedan. The base offering might not be as good as some vehicles, but the low base price and reasonable cost of options makes it very easy to add to the Mystique without inflating the price too much in the process.
Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder, 2.5-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Mercury Mystique, Mercury Mystique GS, Mercury Mystique LS
The front seats and instrument panel of the 1999 Mercury Mystique show redesigns. The suspension shows improvement as well. The Mystique gets a larger fuel tank but drops the integrated child safety seat altogether this model year.
The 1999 Mercury Mystique provides the market with an attractive sedan. Mountaineers include power mirrors. Exterior features remain minimal on the base model, but the Mystique GS offers alloy wheels and a rear spoiler as options. Other options include keyless entry and a power moonroof.
The Mystique features an attractive interior. The rear seat feels cramped for adults, but otherwise the 1999 Mercury Mystique feels comfortable. Standard features include power windows, power locks, a tilt steering wheel, a cassette player, and an AM/FM radio. A power driver’s seat, a CD player, and a leather-trimmed steering wheel are available as options.
Performance & Handling
The 1999 Mercury Mystique offers solid performance. The two-liter, four-cylinder engine seems mediocre but works well enough for day-to-day driving. The 2.5-liter, six-cylinder engine gives the Mystique good acceleration. The Mystique, regardless of the engine, makes for an agile vehicle that turns well.
The 1999 Mercury Mystique comes equipped with dual front airbags and traction control. Four-wheel anti-lock brakes remain available as options.
EPA Fuel Economy
Mercury Mystique 2.0-liter four-cylinder with manual: 21/31 mpg city/highway
Mercury Mystique 2.5-liter six-cylinder with automatic: 18/26 mpg city/highway
Mercury Mystique 2.5-liter six-cylinder with manual: 17/26 mpg city/highway
- Excellent value
- Good handling
You Won't Like
- Cramped rear seat
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