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2007 Mercury

2007 Grand Marquis

Mercury's largest sedan continues to provide traditional American-car values, with rear-wheel drive, a standard V-8 engine and a spacious six-passenger interior with a roomy 20.6 cubic foot trunk. Changes for '07 include a simplified trim lineup -- base GS and up-level LS -- with a new Palm Beach Edition available for the LS. The standard 224-horsepower, 4.6-liter V-8 engine may also be ordered with E85/flex-fuel capability in some markets. A four-speed automatic is standard. As previously, the power of the standard engine can be goosed a bit if you order the optional Handling Package (LS models only) which adds dal exhaust and boost the engine's output to 239 horsepower. The Marquis is quiet and comfortable, with a smooth ride and relaxed handling. Four-wheel disc anti-lock brakes are standard, with traction control, front-side airbags, and a rear air suspension optional. Three new two-tone paint schemes are available for '07 and the base GS now has standard keyless entry. LS models with the Palm Beach package get standard side-impact air bags and interior luxury upgrades, including cashmere colored leather seating surfaces.

2008 Mercury Mariner/hybrid

An all-new Mariner compact SUV goes on sale in early 2007 as a 2008 model. This time, the Mariner has more Mercury specific design and other features -- in contrast to the previous version, which was criticized for being little more than an upscale (and more expensive) version of Ford's Escape. The standard engine is a 2.3 liter "Duratec" four-cylinder offering 153 horsepower; the optional 3-liter "Duratec" V-6 comes in at 200 horsepower. Both engines come standard with a four-speed automatic transmission and either front-wheel-drive or (optionally) all-wheel-drive. Electric-assist, speed sensitive steering and a revised chassis with new suspension tuning are additional features of the '08 Mariner. The hybrid version comes with a 2.3 liter Atkinson cycle engine developing 133 horsepower teamed up with a permanent magnet AC electric motor and battery pack. The net result of the combo is 155 horsepower and 0-60 times on par with the regular V-6 Mariner -- but with a boost of city-driving fuel economy of nearly 75 percent. The hybrid Mariner also gets a unique-to-this-model CVT transmission. It can also operate on electric power only at speeds up to 30 mph -- unlike "mild hybrids" that only shut down their gas engines when the vehicle is idling. All '08 Mariners get Ford's Safety Canopy head/curtain air bags system -- as well as front seat side-impact bags, ABS and (hybrid version excepted) Advance Trac electronic stability control

2007 Mercury Milan

The mid-size Milan sedan was introduced last year as a new model; major updates for '07 include the availability of all-wheel-drive onV-6 models and incremental updates that include now-standard ABS, front seat side-impact and curtain air bags on all trim levels. V-6 models get standard traction control and the options list expands to include a DVD-based navigation system, Sirius satellite radio, a new rear spoiler and three new exterior colors. The Milan is based on the same platform that provides the underpinnings for the Mazda6 and the Ford Fusion and Lincoln Zephyr. The Milan has its own styling cues, of course -- but like its sisters offers a roomy interior with ample legroom and expansive cargo space. There's choice of either a 160-horsepower, 2.3-liter four-cylinder or a 221-horsepower, 3.0-liter V-6; the in-line four can be mated to either a standard five-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission, while the V-6 comes with a standard six-speed automatic. Riding on a four-wheel independent suspension, with four-wheel disc anti-lock brakes with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, the front-drive Milan is intended to be reasonably sporty without sacrificing ride quality. An audiophile sound system, power moonroof, and heated leather seats remain on the options list. Both all-wheel-drive and hybrid gas/electric-powered versions are planned for subsequent model years.

2007 Mercury Montego

The full-size Montego sedan is a car for people who like the Grand Marquis' size and room but prefer the superior traction of front (or all wheel) drive and a more up-to-date car. Because it is a recent addition to the Mercury lineup (2006), changes for '07 are modest. Traction control is now standard on all versions, as are seat-mounted side-impact and curtain air bags. Sirius satellite radio has also been added to the roster. Underhood, a 200-horsepower, 3.0-liter V-6 engine drives either the front or all four wheels (on all-wheel drive models) via either a continuously variable transmission (CVT) or a conventional six-speed automatic gearbox. A fully independent suspension, four-wheel disc anti-lock brakes and standard 17-inch wheels and tires contribute to the car's stellar ride and handling qualities. New-design 18-inch chrome wheels are available for 2007. All trim lines get a leather-wrapped steering wheel with satin-aluminum cuffs and secondary audio and speed controls -- with a DVD entertainment array, navigation system and power adjustable pedals available optionally.

2007 Mercury Monterey

Although Ford has discontinue the Freestar van, its Mercury cousin the Monterey continues for '07 with minor updates that include available (and class-exclusive) heated and cooled front seats, rear-seat DVD entertainment system, standard power-adjustable pedals and both forward and reverse sensing obstruction warning systems. This full-size van is powered by a 4.2-liter V-6 powerplant that produces 201 horsepower and a strong 265 lb-ft of torque coupled to a four-speed-automatic transmission. The front-drive Monterey rides on an independent suspension up front with MacPherson struts and a stabilizer bar up front, a semi-independent array in the rear and coil springs all around. Extra sound-dampening materials used throughout the vehicle deliver a quiet ride. ABS is standard and Ford's AdvanceTrac stability enhancement system is available optionally; it includes traction control and the Brake Assist panic-braking enhancement. A three-row "Safety Canopy" head-curtain airbag system is included. The Monterey comes with a standard third-row seat which folds flat into the floor, along with foldable and removable second-row captain's chairs. A host of available family-minded features include power sliding rear doors, three-zone climate control AC and power liftgate. There are seven new colors to choose from for '07, too. The Monterey can tow up to 3,500 lbs. when properly equipped.

2007 Mercury Mountaineer

Like its Ford Explorer sibling, the mid-sized Mountaineer was redesigned in 2006 with a revised chassis and updated front and rear suspension systems designed to increase stability and make these SUVs less prone to loss of control during abrupt, emergency-type maneuvering. For the new model year, all Mariners get the Safety Canopy side/curtain air bag system -- and a heated windshield is available across the model lineup. There's also a new-design rear-seat DVD entertainment system with larger, eight-inch screen. Otherwise, the '07 Mountaineer is basically a carryover from '06. A 210-horsepower, 4.0-liter V-6 engine remains the standard powerplant -- with the optional engine being a 4.6-liter, 292 horsepower V-8. The V-6 comes mated to a five-speed automatic transmission, while the V-8 offers a six-speed automatic. Available in rear- or all-wheel-drive versions, with either five- or seven-passenger seating, the Mountaineer comes with four-wheel disc anti-lock brakes, front-side airbags, and Ford's AdvanceTrac stability enhancement system with Roll Stability Control. A DVD navigation system, Sirius satellite radio, heated leather seats, a moonroof, and power adjustable brake/accelerator pedals continue to be optional.