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1999 Mercury Tracer Review
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The 1999 Mercury Tracer is primarily designed to be as low priced as possible, while still offering moderate performance and comfort. While the market offers much better vehicles, most of those vehicles also cost thousands of dollars more than the Tracer. The Tracer makes a good option for drivers on a strict budget.
The Mercury Tracer might not look particularly flashy or have anything particularly bold or innovative about it, but it gets the job done. In its price range, it marks one of the best options available. Drivers willing to spend more might want to consider the Mercury Sable, which, in many respects, provides an upgraded version of the Mercury Tracer. On the other hand, drivers looking at the Mercury Sable but uncomfortable by the price might be well served to consider the Mercury Tracer instead.
Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Mercury Tracer GS, Mercury Tracer LS
The 1999 Mercury Tracer receives some minor changes to the standard equipment offered. Overall, this does not make a huge difference. The 1999 Mercury Tracer marks the last year for this model, which explains the lack of changes made.
The Mercury Tracer sells as a sedan or a four-door wagon. The styling looks curved and fairly attractive overall. While it does not look particularly distinctive, it also doesn’t look like an entry-level vehicle, which appeals to some drivers. Optional features include a rear window defroster and keyless entry.
The 1999 Mercury Tracer has a slightly cramped interior, but that seems normal for a vehicle in this price range. The standard equipment on the Tracer remains fairly minimal. An AM/FM radio marks the only major standard feature. Air-conditioning and cassette player are the only optional features.
Performance & Handling
The Mercury Tracer offers solid performance and acceleration. Drivers who opt for the four-wheel anti-lock brakes find it has excellent stopping power, but the standard power brakes prove mediocre. Overall, the 1999 Mercury Tracer has nothing particularly good or bad about its performance. Given the low cost of the Tracer, it handles better than most drivers expect.
The 1999 Mercury Tracer comes equipped with dual front airbags. Four-wheel anti-lock brakes remain optional.
EPA Fuel Economy
Mercury Tracer Sedan five-speed manual: 24/34 mpg city/highway
Mercury Tracer Wagon four-speed automatic: 22/31 mpg city/highway
Mercury Tracer Wagon five-speed manual: 24/34 mpg city/highway
- Solid value
- Sedan and wagon options
- Smooth ride
You Won't Like
- The Ford Escort is essentially the same vehicle with a more attractive design
- Overlaps the design of the superior Mercury Sable
- Cramped interior
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