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.
"I like the way this car handles. Cruises quietly with very little road noise. Plenty of power to pass and yet gets good mileage, anywhere from 21 to 23.6 on the road. I'm satisfied, having owned several vans over the years."
"Very Reliable! Performed normal maintenance and and the the Montery has never let me down. It is also very very safe for the kids. The climate control and rear bench seat is my favorite features. The only problem I've had was some of the controls are easily scratched and one button became loose.
I also used the van to to tow a flatbed trailer for sand with no problems."
"I purchased this car used from the dealer with 75k miles. After only 3k, I've spent around 3k on many various repairs. Rear A/C, power steering, power doors, torque converter, coil packs....the list goes on. Our last villager from Mercury was a tank, not this one!"