Mercury's new mission is to offer a line of vehicles mechanically identical to similar Ford cars but with a more distinctive appearance and a posh, upscale interior. Such is the case with the Monterey
minivan, a vehicle intended to do battle with such luxury favorites as the Chrysler Town and Country,
Honda Odyssey and
Nissan Quest. Though the Monterey is a capable minivan, it does not offer the largest interior, nor does it have the most powerful engine or the option of all-wheel drive. What the Monterey does have in its favor is ample room for seven and a bevy of clever features.