2006 Mercury Montego

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Key Specs

of the 2006 Mercury Montego. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    22-25 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    203-hp, 3.0-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    6-speed automatic w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

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

Notable Features of the 2006 Mercury Montego

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

2006 Mercury Montego Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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 r...
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.



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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.1)
Performance
(4.1)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

What Drivers Are Saying

(4.0)

Car runs great and comfortable ride.

by Sandik from Hamburg, Nj on August 28, 2018

Loved the fact that the passenger seat was also heated and has separate heated controls. It had only 2 owners, my husband and his dad. Read full review

(1.0)

Problem accelerating by itself

by Fordowner from San Bernardino on July 7, 2018

My 2006 Mercury Montego wants to accelerate by itself when turning the steering wheel or trying to go in my garage without my foot on the gas pedal and the transmission when you try to press down for ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2006 Mercury Montego currently has 0 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2006 Mercury Montego Luxury

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
poor
Driver Head and Neck
marginal
Driver Pelvis/Leg
acceptable
Driver Torso
poor
Overall Side
poor
Rear Passenger Head Protection
acceptable
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Montego received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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