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2000 Mercury Mystique Review
Fun car, great value.
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The 2000 Mercury Mystique is the mechanical twin of the Ford Contour. It was first introduced back in 1995. The Mystique and Contour are almost exactly alike, except for some interior and exterior styling changes. However, the Mystique has a few extra changes that make it a nice choice for the car buyer on a budget. The Mystique offers a fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine that is not available on the Contour. In reaction, Ford has discontinued the economy range of that vehicle to allow more market. It has a lot to offer the driver on a budget, but it is far from perfect. The interior is a bit cheap, and rear seat space is at a premium.
Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder, 2.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Mercury Mystique GS, Mercury Mystique LS
The 2000 Mercury Mystique now comes with a standard glow-in-the-dark trunk release in case someone gets trapped inside. Also included are two new exterior colors.
The 2000 Mercury Mystique comes as a four-door sedan. It has similar styling to that of the Contour. Its wheelbase is 106.5 inches, two inches shorter than the Sable’s wheelbase. This most likely accounts for the limited rear seat spacing. The GS model comes with a rear spoiler, tinted glass, and 14-inch wheels. Optional features include fog lights. The LS model comes equipped with 15-inch alloy wheels and intermittent windshield wipers. Optional exterior features include a power antenna, power moonroof, and a rear spoiler.
The 2000 Mercury Mystique is meant to seat five passengers, and it does, but with a bit of a squeeze. The rear seating is somewhat cramped. Legroom was so cramped that larger adult passengers find the back seats incredibly uncomfortable. The trunk is your standard 14 cubic feet with rear seats that fold down to extend the storage space. Other problems abound in the vehicle interior. Many materials are cheap and poorly built. The instrument panel is very ergonomic with plenty of big dials that are easy to understand and use. However, with the lack of legroom in the back and the lackluster materials, consumers may find themselves a bit turned off. Standard features on the GS model include bucket seats, a center console, tinted glass, a tachometer, cloth seating, cruise control, power steering, remote trunk release, tilt steering wheel, air-conditioning, power windows, power locks, power exterior mirrors, and an AM/FM cassette player. Optional features include a power moonroof, bucket seats in the back, keyless entry, a premium audio system, a power driver’s seat, rear split bench seat, leather trim steering wheel, AM/FM CD player, and more. The upscale LS model includes all the standard features listed above as well as a leather steering wheel and a 60/40-split rear seat. The LS also has an optional power antennae and a CD player.
Performance & Handling
The 2000 Mercury Mystique comes equipped with one of two engine types. A 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine is available on the GS model. This engine produces 125 horsepower. The LS model comes equipped with a 2.5-liter, V-6 engine that produces 170 horsepower. The four-cylinder engine has better fuel efficiency than the V-6 model, but lacks some of the power of the V-6 engine. Those models equipped with the V-6 are a thrill to drive. The V-6 models are still pretty cheap and give all the thrills of a somewhat more upscale vehicle. The handling is great as well, meaning drivers can really push it in corners.
The 2000 Mercury Mystique comes equipped with driver and passenger front airbags. The NHTSA did not do a full round of testing, but did test side impacts. It received three out of five stars for side impact to the front, and four out of five stars for side impact to the rear. The IIHS was not impressed, giving it an overall crash test score of ""poor,"" its worst possible rating.
EPA Fuel Economy
Mercury Sable 2.0-liter four-cylinder four-speed automatic: 19/28 mpg city/highway
Mercury Sable 2.5-liter V-6 five-speed manual: 18/26 mpg city/highway
Mercury Sable 2.5-liter V-6 four-speed automatic: 18/26 mpg city/highway
- Great handling
- Cheap pricing
You Won't Like
- Lack of rear passenger room
- Cheap interior materials
Fun car, great value.
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