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By Rick Popely
November 24, 1999
Vehicle Overview Production of the Mystique sedan, a twin to the Ford Contour, has ended as Mercury focuses on larger, more expensive models. Mercury dropped the subcompact Tracer, a twin to the Ford Escort, at the end of the 1999 model year.
Both Mystique and Contour debuted for 1995. Contour production continues into the 2000 calendar year, though Ford has not said for how long.
Exterior Like the Contour, Mystique comes only as a four-door sedan and with similar styling. Mystique's 106.5-inch wheelbase is 2 inches shorter than the midsize Mercury Sable's. In overall length, the 185-inch Mystique is 15 inches shorter than the Sable sedan.
Interior Though Mercury lists Mystique as a five-passenger sedan, the rear seat has less legroom than several rivals, a factor that may have led to the car's demise. A split, folding rear seat augments the 14-cubic-foot trunk.
Under the Hood The front-wheel-drive Mystique returns for its final season as a GS model with a 125-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and as the better-equipped LS, with a 170-horsepower, 2.5-liter V-6.