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1996 Mercury Villager

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1996 Mercury Villager Review

Comfort and convenience for the everyday family.

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The 1996 Mercury Villager is a minivan manufactured by Ford Motor Company and launched in 1993 as a rebadged Nissan Quest. It was the product of a joint venture between Ford Motor Company and Nissan and codenamed the VX54. The minivan shares several of the same styling touches and on-road traits as the Quest. It has been designed in California and built at Ford’s factory in Ohio.

The Range

Body Styles: minivan
Engines: 3.0-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Mercury Villager GS, Mercury Villager LS, Mercury Villager Nautica

What's New

The 1996 Mercury Villager gets a passenger-side airbag, an automatic climate control system, remote keyless entry, and an optional integrated child seat. Although it was beginning to lose its charm, it has become more competitive once again.


The 1996 Mercury Villager is based on the Nissan Quest, so both vehicles share a lot of features. Both offer a sleek and aerodynamic styling, while the wheelbase of the Villager is 112.2 inches, which is almost the same as the short-bodied Dodge Caravan. However, the length is 190.2 inches, which is almost a foot longer. It also receives some changes in its exterior, which include a new front fascia. The light front bar is removed and replaced with a chrome grille in its place, and the taillights also are redesigned.


The 1996 Mercury Villager offers enough space to seat five passengers with enough flexibility to seat seven. Enough legroom and headroom is available in the front seat, but the middle and rear seat passengers need to adjust with only an adequate amount of space. With all the seats set in the default positions, the cargo area at the rear is quite small. Moreover, the center seats are a little too difficult to remove and are very heavy. Some controls on the dashboard are a little confusing and difficult to reach, but it does offer a number of interior storage bins to augment its practical appeal.

Performance & Handling

The 1996 Mercury Villager uses a Nissan-supplied three-liter V-6 that delivers 151 horsepower at 4800 rpm and 174 lb-ft of torque at 4400 rpm. This engine is only mated to a four-speed automatic transmission. Although the V-6 engine is adequate, it fails to match the power provided by the larger V-6 units used in front-drive rival minivans from Ford and Chrysler. Engine and road noise are within a reasonable limit, but wind noise become almost intolerable as it's taken at highway speeds.

The 1996 Mercury Villager is designed to have car-like characteristics. Despite its size and obvious minivan-like exterior, it does steer like a small car. It has fairly nimble handling characteristics, and a smooth and quiet ride thanks to the absorbent suspension system.


The 1996 Mercury Villager gets a four-star rating for driver safety and a three-star rating for passenger safety during frontal impact tests conducted by the NHTSA.

EPA Fuel Economy

Mercury Villager: 16/21 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Spacious interior
  • Good steering/handling

You Won't Like

  • Poor control layout

Sum Up

Comfort and convenience for the everyday family.

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