The Mountaineer is a clone of the top-selling Ford Explorer. Whereas Explorer comes in two- and four-door styling, the Mountaineer comes only as a four-door.
A Premier option package is the big addition for 2000. It includes 16-inch tires on five-spoke aluminum wheels, sport front bucket seats, leather upholstery, a premium audio system, overhead console and other amenities. It is available in any color, as long as it is spruce green.
All models have front bucket seats, but fancier captain's chairs and leather buckets are available. The two-door model comes in a sport trim and seats four. The four-door models hold five, with a three-place rear bench providing the additional position. The rear seatbacks are split and fold for extra cargo room on all models.
Except for some make-specific styling clues, the Mountaineer is a carbon copy of the Explorer. It is offered with 2WD and 4WD.
Under the Hood
Mountaineer engine choices are a 210-horsepower, 4.0-liter V-6 and a 215-horsepower, 5.0-liter V-8. The 160-horsepower, 4.0-liter V-6 offered with the Explorer is not available in the Mountaineer.