The 2001 Mercury Villager has several appealing characteristics. It gets (mostly) positive safety ratings and good safety features that should inspire confidence on the road. It also has a strong engine, capable steering, and a balanced suspension that makes it a comfortable, enjoyable ride. Actually, a lot of people compare it to driving a car.
Since it only has a 112.2-inch wheelbase, making it considerably smaller than most mini vans, this doesn’t seem surprising. Call it a mini-minivan if you’d like.
Its small size forces many buyers to look elsewhere. Despite its good features, it simply does not meet the needs of most people interested in a minivan. Minivan consumers want large vehicles that can hold a lot of people and offer plenty of cargo space. Unfortunately, the 2001 Mercury Villager doesn't fit the bill.
Before buying the 2001 Villager, check out minivans by Ford, Chrysler, and Honda. Many of them offer similar features and performance, plus enough space to truly qualify as minivans. You might find that these vehicles suit your needs better without demanding much more money.
Body Styles: van
Engines: 3.3-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Mercury Villager, Mercury Villager Sport, Mercury Villager Estate
The 2001 Mercury Villager shows several updates from last year's model. A new drivetrain makes the Villager smoother than previous versions. It now comes with seat belt pretensioners and a child safety seat anchor. It also gets plenty of cosmetic designs. Fog lights integrate into the front fascia (in the Sport and Estate). The fascia now has a satin aluminum-plated grille. The Estate features new side molding.
Inside, drivers find new seat fabric, an updated instrument panel, and a new gauge cluster. The Sport now includes HomeLink. An entertainment system with a roof-mounted screen also becomes an option.
The 2001 Villager has a small size that, depending on your perspective, either makes it look sporty or dinky. The exterior has a solid look that varies by trim level. Anyone who has spent considerable time searching through car lots immediately recognizes that the 2001 Mercury Villager looks surprisingly like the Nissan Quest. That's because they are almost the exact same vehicle. Other than some slight modifications, they remain identical.
Many drivers find the 2001 Mercury Villager's interior unsuitable as a minivan. It has a shorter wheelbase that makes it considerably smaller than its competitors. If you want a very large car, then the Villager might meet your needs. If you truly need a minivan, though, check out the Odyssey, Voyager, or Windstar. They have similar prices, styling, and features, but they offer considerably more space.
Some drivers who purchase the 2001 Villager might not recognize how much it lacks until they encounter a situation that requires more than a mini-minivan. Even after you reconfigure and remove the seats, you can never fit 4X8 sheets of plywood into the Villager without breaking something.
Performance & Handling
The Villager comes with a 3.3-liter V-6 that offers 170 hp and 200 lb-ft of torque. The V-6 offers good performance for this kind of vehicle. Owners rarely feel like they need more power from a small minivan.
The 2001 Mercury Villager also offers competent handling that easily tricks you into believing that you drive a car instead of a van. The single-leaf springs in the suspension make the ride very comfortable. The steering feels well-balanced. Put it on the highway and you can drive in a straight line without paying much attention. Stick it on a winding country road, though, and the steering makes you feel confident when rounding sharp corners.
The 2001 Mercury Villager boasts excellent crash test results from the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA). The NHTSA awards the Villager five out of five stars in passenger, driver, and front side-impact crash tests. The 2001 Villager receives four stars in rear side-impact and rollover tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), however, doesn’t have good news for Mercury. It gives the Villager a poor rating (its lowest) in frontal-offset impact tests.
Safety features for the 2001 Mercury Villager include electronic brake force distribution, child seat anchors, ventilated front disc and rear drum brakes, and a remote anti-theft alarm system. ABS remains optional.
EPA Fuel Economy
Mercury Villager: 15/21 mpg city/highway
- Handles like a car
- Plenty of standard features
You Won't Like
- Some drivers find it too small
Falls behind competitors that offer more value for a similar price.
If You Like This Vehicle
- Ford Windstar
- Honda Odyssey
- Chrysler Voyager
- Nissan Quest