2006 Mercury Montego

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$24,430

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2006 Mercury Montego

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Easy entry and exit
  • Stability
  • CVT operation
  • Visibility all-around
  • Driving ease

The bad:

  • Engine noise on hard acceleration with CVT
  • Lack of gears in CVT may bother some drivers

2 trims

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Our 2006 Mercury Montego trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • FWD or AWD
  • CVT on AWD models
  • Duratec 3.0-liter V-6
  • Luxury and Premier models
  • European-inspired chassis

2006 Mercury Montego review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
Mercury’s first all-new sedan in nearly two decades debuted as a 2005 model. The Montego midsize premium sedan can be equipped with either front- or all-wheel drive. The all-wheel-drive system can automatically distribute up to 100 percent of traction to the rear wheels.

Transmission choices include a continuously variable transmission and a six-speed automatic, each driven by a Duratec 3.0-liter V-6. Mercury says the Montego features a “European-inspired chassis [that] delivers crisp, responsive handling.”

Luxury and Premier trim levels are offered. Ford has a closely related Five Hundred sedan.

All 2006 models get a leather-wrapped steering wheel. A rear-seat DVD entertainment system is now optional, and Premier models can be equipped with a navigation system. Later in the 2006 model year, power-adjustable pedals will be available for the Luxury sedan.

Exterior
The Montego’s front fascia features a waterfall-style grille. High-intensity-discharge headlights and rectangular fog lamps are installed. LED taillamps promise quicker illumination compared to traditional bulbs. Built on a 112.9-inch wheelbase, the Montego is 200.9 inches long overall and 61.5 inches tall.

Fifteen-spoke alloy wheels on the Premier sedan hold 18-inch tires, while the Luxury model rides on 17-inch tires. Montegos feature a fully independent suspension, and all-wheel-drive models have self-leveling rear shocks. Low-profile windshield wipers use a strip of spring steel to press the rubber blade evenly against the glass. A power moonroof is optional.

Interior
Five occupants fit inside the Montego’s two-tone interior, which features an upright seating position that Mercury says is borrowed from sport utility vehicles. Front-row seats are mounted on top of a cross-car beam that’s engineered to enhance safety. The rear seats are slightly elevated to yield a better view without impeding the driver’s vision. With the 60/40-split second-row seat folded, the Montego offers 49.9 inches of load floor length. The front passenger seat also folds flat.

An analog clock sits in the center of the dashboard. Leather-upholstered seats are optional, but an overhead console is standard. Two cupholders appear in the front console, with two more in the backseat’s flip-down armrest.

A power driver’s seat and tilt steering wheel are standard. A two-user memory feature stores seat, pedal and mirror positions in the Premier sedan. The trunk holds 21.2 cubic feet of cargo, which Mercury claims is 50 percent greater than competitive models.

Under the Hood
A Duratec 3.0-liter V-6 produces 203 horsepower and 207 pounds-feet of torque. All-wheel-drive sedans use the CVT, while those with front-wheel drive get a six-speed automatic.

Safety
All-disc antilock brakes are standard. Seat-mounted side-impact airbags are optional and packaged with a rollover Safety Canopy side curtain-type airbag system. A reverse sensing system is also optional.

Driving Impressions
Differences from Ford’s Five Hundred are modest, but the Montego feels a bit heavier. Its relatively taut suspension delivers a comfortable ride, apart from an occasional noteworthy bump on rougher surfaces. Tracking well on freeways, the Montego feels a hair more sure-footed than the Five Hundred.

Entry and exit are exceptionally easy, and the chair-height seats yield excellent views. The CVT is virtually flawless — adequate for takeoffs and seldom troubled when passing. All told, the Montego is a good-sense sedan.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.7
  • Interior design 4.6
  • Performance 4.0
  • Value for the money 4.3
  • Exterior styling 4.2
  • Reliability 4.3

Most recent consumer reviews

2.1

Numerous Montegos cars have accelerated on its own

My wife was making a slow turn into Dunkin Dounuts and the car quickly accelerated on its own. I have the video showing her accerate and hit the stone wall of the building. Totalling the car and causing her to be hurt. The front car doors could not open. Took four people to open it enough to get her out. The building was damaged, thank god she survived and no one else was hurt. I had the car brought directly to the scrap yard. Even if it could be fixed I would not ever let her drive it again or sell it to anyone. I feel its too dangerous. Look up on google "Mercury Montego Accelerates" and see for your self. THe car had 86,000 miles. One person had it happen 7 times and others spent thousands and still did not fix the problem.

5.0

AMAZING MACHINE!! BUY TODAY!!OR YOU WILL BE CRYING

BOUGHT 19 FGLEX AS I ALWAYS WANTED 1 AND IT IS THE LAST YEAR THEY MADE IT....DIDN'T REALLY WANT TO SELL MY MONTEGO, BUT I DONT NEED 2 CARS...CHECK OUT SIMILAR YEAR CARS ON THE INTERNET...MANY HAVE WELL OVER 150,000 MILES STILL RUNNING STRONG THIS IS A HEAVY CRUISER BUT EXTREMELY EFFICIENT...OVER 400 MILES PER TANK FULL OF GAS. I WILL CRY WHEN SHE GOES....BUT I LOVE MY FLEX!

4.5

Very comfortable to drive.

Great snow handling. good sight lines. Very minimal blind spots. roomy. Good ceiling clearance for taller drivers Very comfortable. Not cramping for longer drives. A very nicely build car

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