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The Mercury Montego resurrects a classic nameplate from the Mercury division. The Montego was originally launched as a replacement for the Mercury Sable and shares its basic body structure and powertrain with the Ford Five Hundred and previous generation Volvo S80. Available is a Haldex all-wheel-drive (AWD) system adapted from the Volvo XC90 SUV. Ford designed the Montego and Five Hundred with ex-SUV owners in mind, creating chair-height seating to give the impression of a higher driving position, a feature many customers noted as a reason for purchasing an SUV. The Montego is assembled along with the Five Hundred in Ford's Chicago Illinois plant.

2007 will be the last year for the Mercury Montego due to declining sales and unknown nameplate, Its replacement will be the 2008 Mercury Sable.


See Autopedia's comprehensive Mercury Montego Review.

Recent ChangesEdit

The Mercury Montego is no longer in production.

Styles and Major OptionsEdit

The Montego is available in three trim levels, Base, Premiere and Premiere AWD. The noteable standard features of each model are listed below.

Base Standard Features

  • Split folding rear seat and folding front passenger seat
  • AM/FM Single CD Stereo
  • 6-way Power Driver's Seat
  • Power Mirrors
  • 17" Painted Aluminum Wheels
  • Four-Wheel ABS
  • Traction Control
  • Heated Power Mirrors with Security Lighting
  • Side Impact Airbags
  • 1st and 2nd Row Canopy Airbags
  • Anti-Theft Perimeter Alarm
  • HID Headlamps
  • LED Taillamps

Premier Standard Features
In addition to or in place of Base Standard Features

  • Leather Upholstery
  • Heated Front Seats
  • AM/FM 6-disc in-dash CD Changer with MP3 Capability
  • Power Adjustable Pedals with Memory
  • Rear Center Armrest with Cupholders
  • 8-way Power Driver's Seat
  • 4-way Power Passenger's Seat with Manual Lumbar
  • Cargo Net
  • Universal Garage Door Opener
  • 18" Machined Aluminum Wheels

Premier AWD Standard Features are identical to Premiere FWD Standard Features.

Major Optional Features

  • Navigation System (Not available in Alaska)
  • Power Moonroof
  • Reverse Sensing System
  • 18" Chrome Clad Aluminum Wheels

PricingEdit

Today's actual prices for the Mercury Montego can be found at CarsDirect.

Montego Trims

Base

Premier

Premier AWD

MSRP

$23,835

$27,385

$29,235

Invoice

$22,041

$25,237

$26,901

Gas MileageEdit

As seen on the FuelEconomy.gov website, the City/Highway MPG averages are as follows:

Drivetrain

FWD

AWD

MPG

21/29

19/25

ReliabilityEdit

  • The 2007 Mercury Montego came in 3RD Place in J.D. Power Initial Quality For the Large Car Segment.

SafetyEdit

Standard Safety Features

  • Driver and Front Passenger Airbags
  • Driver and Front Passenger Side Airbags
  • 1st and 2nd Row Curtain Airbags
  • 4-wheel Disc Brakes with ABS and EBD
  • Traction Control

The NHTSA has conducted crash tests of the 2007 Montego. Its full scores are available at safercar.gov.

Rating (Stars)

Front

Side

Rollover

Driver

Passenger

Front Seat

Rear Seat

2WD

4WD

5

5

5

5

4

-

Although the test car lacked the now standard side airbags, the Montego earned 5 stars in both side impact categories. Rollover data for the AWD Montego is unavailable from the NHTSA. However, the mechanically identical Ford Five Hundred AWD earned 4 Stars on the rollover test.

PhotosEdit

ColorsEdit

Exterior Colors
Dark Blue Pearl Light Tundra 
Alloy  Silver Birch 
Dune Pearl  Merlot 
Satellite Silver  Oxford White 
Black 


Interior Colors Cloth Leather
Pebble Two-Tone     
Shale Two-Tone    
Dark Charcoal  
==Warranty==

Bumper to Bumper: 36 months/36,000 miles

Major Components: 60 months/60,000 miles

Rust Through: 60 months/unlimited miles

Roadside Assistance: 60 months/60,000 miles


Main CompetitorsEdit

Hybrid ModelsEdit

  • The Montego was never offered in a Hybrid Version.

Unique AttributesEdit

  • Satin Waterfall Grille.

Resale ValuesEdit

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What's Best About MontegoEdit

  • "Inside is where the Montego shines..." — New Car Test Drive
  • "Voluminous trunk can hold eight full-size golf bags." — Consumer Guide
  • "Good balance in turns, with only moderate lean, despite relatively tall body." - Consumer Guide
  • "The interior has 107.5 cubic feet of passenger space, which is huge - especially when you consider that the exterior of the car is almost the same size as most of the popular midsize sedans." — Cars.com

CriticismsEdit

  • "We do expect that eventual owners will wish for a little extra midrange torque for passing at highway speeds and climbing grades, particularly when carrying a full load of family members and luggage (we had neither with us during our brief test-drive)." — Edmunds.com
  • "...The Montego turned out a bit bland..." — MSN Autos
  • "There is no soul to the Montego." — Los Angeles Times
  • "The faux wood-grain trim looks like it came off a prison lunch tray." - Los Angeles Times

First and Final Generation 2005-2007Edit

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Mercury Montego
Mercury
Successor Mercury Sable
Production 2005-2007
Class Large Luxury Sedan
Body Style 4-door Sedan
Length 200.7 in.
Width 74.5 in.
Height 60.1 in.
Wheelbase 112.9 in.
Weight 3670 (FWD)
3820 (AWD)
Transmission 6-speed Automatic
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Engine 3.0L Duratec DOHC V6
Power 203 hp @ 5750 RPM
207 lb-ft @ 4500 RPM
Similar Buick Lucerne
Hyundai Azera
Volvo S80
Designer

Available powertrains consist of a 3.0L Duratec 30 V6 engine, and the choice of a continuously variable transmission or six-speed automatic transmission, and either front-wheel drive or the same Haldex all-wheel drive system used in the Volvo XC90. A 3.5L V6 was to be added for 2008 but Mercury will cease production of the Montego this summer.

Based on the Ford D3 platform which also supports the Volvo S60 and Volvo S80, the XC70 and XC90 SUVs. The Montego's counterpart is the Ford Five Hundred and is also the basis for the Ford Freestyle crossover SUV.

The Montego was designed to provide large car interior volume with manageable outside dimensions, while delivering good fuel economy. Its design is also notably tall for a sedan, giving drivers an SUV or minivan-like command of the road. Its trunk, one of the largest on the market, can hold 8 full-sized loaded golf bags. The Montego was first introduced at the 2004 Chicago Auto Show.

Befitting its Volvo roots, the Montego has garnered class leading results in crash tests conducted by the IIHS as well as NHTSA.

The Montego began production on Monday July 12, 2004 in Chicago, Illinois and became available to the public in September 2004. Although criticized by the automotive press for its bland styling in comparison to that of its competitor the Buick Lucerne, the Montego has not been a great success for Mercury just selling over 2,000 units on a good month. For 2008 Mercury has decided to replace the Montego with the all new 2008 Mercury Sable.

OriginsEdit

The Montego replaced the intermediate Mercury Comet in 1968 and was replaced by an upsized Mercury Cougar for the 1977 model year. It was essentially a twin of the Ford Torino. The Cyclone was a high performance variant of the Montego through 1971.

WorldwideEdit

  • The Mercury Montego is only sold to the USA Market.

AwardsEdit

  • Mercury Montego won Auto Pacific's 2006 Ideal Vehicle Award.
  • The 2007 Mercury Montego came in 3RD Place in J.D. Power Initial Quality For the Large Car Segment

Design quirks and odditiesEdit

  • Like all Mercury's the Montego uses a Satin Finish Front Grille.
  • Mercury Montego uses Grey Wood Interior Trim.

Sale NumbersEdit

  • In December 2007 Montego Sold 72 Units DOWN 95.9% From December 2006.
  • For 2007 Mercury Montego sold 10,755 Units Down 51.8% From Total 2006 Sales.

ProductionEdit

Since Montego went on sale in the fall of 2004 it has sold exactly 64,496 as of November 2007.

Slow Sells and DiscontinuationEdit

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  • Fords CEO Alan Mulally said that he has decided to scrap the Mercury Montego and Ford Five Hundred namplates. Due to declining sales and he also thought that their names where to forgettable with their core audience the Montego will be replaced with the 2008 Mercury Sable and the Five Hundred will be replaced with the 2008 Ford Taurus. But the Mercury Montego's Spirit will live on in the 2008 Mercury Sable.


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