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2000 Mercury Villager Review
Lacks the refinement of the competitors
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The 2000 Mercury Villager is the direct result of a redesign in 1999. The Villager was originally introduced as Mercury’s entry into the minivan market. The Villager is actually the mechanical twin of the Nissan Quest, sharing that same engine and manufacturing plant run by Ford. The only difference between the Mercury Villager and the Quest is the nameplate and a few different interior features.
The Mercury Villager offers a lot to the consumer, but it is still too flawed to properly recommend. For example, the interior is a bit cramped compared to other minivans on the market. Also, the engine isn’t as powerful as some of the competitors. It is best to look elsewhere if you’re considering a family vehicle.
- Body Styles: minivan
- Engines: 3.3-liter V-6
- Transmissions: four-speed automatic
- Models: Mercury Villager, Mercury Villager Sport, Mercury Villager Estate
The 2000 Mercury Villager has been slightly simplified, with standard features and packages being streamlined for easy choice. The new Mercury Villager also complies with new EPA low emissions ratings. Also included in the new Mercury Villager is an optional rear-seat entertainment system.
The 2000 Mercury Villager has an overall length of 195 inches, making it a bit smaller than much of the competition. This translates to less interior cargo room, but does make the vehicle easier to park. The Villager has similar styling to that of the Quest, the main difference between the two being the front of the vehicle. The Villager has a vertical bar grille as opposed to the Quest’s mesh grille. All models of the Mercury Villager include two sliding doors, one on either side of the vehicle.Standard exterior features on the base model include 15-inch wheels, dual sliding doors, power exterior mirrors, and a roof rack.
The 2000 Mercury Villager has a lot of interior equipment that will make most feature-hungry consumers happy. First, all models come equipped with standard seven-passenger seating. The Sport and Estate models come equipped with two bucket seats in the middle row instead of the standard bench on the base model. The middle seats are removable, meaning extra cargo room. Even better, the third seat slides back and forth on tracks built into the floor so that you have a more versatile interior. Unfortunately, cargo room is a bit lacking in comparison to other minivans, due to the short wheelbase of the Mercury Villager.
One of the best interior features is the entertainment system, which includes a 6.4-inch liquid display that shoots out of the center console. This screen can be seen from the middle seats and the back row. It has jacks for headphones and a setup that allows you to install video game consoles.
Standard features on the base model include bucket seats in the front, a center console, a keyless entry system, a sliding driver’s side door, a third-row bench, tinted glass, a tachometer, driver and passenger front airbags, an anti-theft alarm system, cloth seating, cruise control, a tilt steering wheel, air-conditioning, intermittent windshield wipers, power windows, power locks, power exterior mirrors, and an AM/FM cassette audio system. Optional features on the base model include a camper/towing package, compact disc player, overhead console, a premium audio system, front and rear air-conditioning, a power driver’s seat, and privacy glass.
Performance & Handling
The 2000 Mercury Villager comes equipped with a 3.3-liter V-6 engine that produces 170 horsepower and 200 lb-ft of torque. The engine is paired with a four-speed automatic transmission. This is the same engine that comes in the Nissan Xterra and the Ford Frontier pickup truck. While the engine isn’t the strongest on the market, it still produces adequate power for most drivers on the road. The handling of the Mercury Villager is exceptionally smooth, one of the highpoints of the vehicle. Also, the Mercury Villager benefits from the tweaks made to the suspension system in 1999, so expect a fairly smooth ride.
The 2000 Mercury Villager comes equipped with an anti-theft alarm system, and driver and passenger front airbags. The NHTSA gave the Mercury Villager only three out of five stars for front passenger safety. Driver safety and side impacts to the rear of the vehicle received four out of five stars. Front side impacts received five out of five stars. The IIHS gave the Mercury Villager an overall score of ""poor,"" its worst possible score.
EPA Fuel Economy
Mercury Villager Sport: 15/22 mpg city/highway
Mercury Villager Estate: 15/22 mpg city/highway
- Lots of standard features and high-tech gadgetry
- Good handling
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