2006 Mercury Monterey

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Key Specs

of the 2006 Mercury Monterey. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Passenger space
  • Automatic-transmission operation
  • Available amenities
  • Instrument layout
  • Frontal crash-test ratings

The Bad

  • Interior ergonomics
  • Fuel economy in city
  • Ride comfort in city

Notable Features of the 2006 Mercury Monterey

  • 201-hp, 4.2-liter V-6
  • Folding third-row seat
  • Three-row side-curtain airbags
  • Front/rear parking-assist sensors

2006 Mercury Monterey Overview

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Vehicle Overview
Mercury introduced a brand-new front-wheel-drive minivan for 2004 that was built on the same platform as the then-new Ford Freestar. As usual, the Mercury version is more upscale. Both are manufactured in Canada.

Power comes from a 4.2-liter V-6. Notable features include a fold-into-the-floor third-row seat and an available parking-assist system that warns of obstacles in front or back of the vehicle while parking.

The previously offered Convenience and Premier trim levels have been dropped for 2006, leaving just the Luxury model. Little has changed, except for a newly designed standard wood- and leather-trimmed steering wheel and new optional nine-spoke machined-aluminum 17-inch wheels. AdvanceTrac, Ford's electronic stability system, is optional.

Ford has suggested that both the Monterey and Ford Freestar may be discontinued soon.


Exterior
Body-colored moldings decorate and help protect the bodyside panels on the Monterey, which features satin-aluminum accents. A signature Mercury waterfall grille made up of vertical bars is installed. Dual power-operated sliding side doors are installed, and a power liftgate is optional.

Machined wheels hold 16-inch tires, and self-sealing tires are available. Built on a 120.8-inch wheelbase, the Monterey stretches 201.1 inches long overall and stands 70.8 inches tall.


Interior
Woodgrain and chrome accent the Monterey's interior, which seats up to seven occupants. Standard second-row captain's chairs have a fold-and...
Vehicle Overview
Mercury introduced a brand-new front-wheel-drive minivan for 2004 that was built on the same platform as the then-new Ford Freestar. As usual, the Mercury version is more upscale. Both are manufactured in Canada.

Power comes from a 4.2-liter V-6. Notable features include a fold-into-the-floor third-row seat and an available parking-assist system that warns of obstacles in front or back of the vehicle while parking.

The previously offered Convenience and Premier trim levels have been dropped for 2006, leaving just the Luxury model. Little has changed, except for a newly designed standard wood- and leather-trimmed steering wheel and new optional nine-spoke machined-aluminum 17-inch wheels. AdvanceTrac, Ford's electronic stability system, is optional.

Ford has suggested that both the Monterey and Ford Freestar may be discontinued soon.


Exterior
Body-colored moldings decorate and help protect the bodyside panels on the Monterey, which features satin-aluminum accents. A signature Mercury waterfall grille made up of vertical bars is installed. Dual power-operated sliding side doors are installed, and a power liftgate is optional.

Machined wheels hold 16-inch tires, and self-sealing tires are available. Built on a 120.8-inch wheelbase, the Monterey stretches 201.1 inches long overall and stands 70.8 inches tall.


Interior
Woodgrain and chrome accent the Monterey's interior, which seats up to seven occupants. Standard second-row captain's chairs have a fold-and-tumble feature; they can be removed by pulling a lever, which provides access to the back row.

Dual-zone climate control, a power driver's seat and power-adjustable pedals that help shorter drivers properly adjust themselves in relation to the steering wheel are standard. Front and rear parking assist can be helpful when parking.

Leather seating surfaces with Preferred Suede inserts are optional. Heated and cooled front seats that direct air into both the cushions and seatbacks are also available. A DVD-based backseat video entertainment system is optional.


Under the Hood
The Monterey's 4.2-liter V-6 develops 201 horsepower and 263 pounds-feet of torque; it mates with a four-speed-automatic transmission.

Safety
All-disc antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution, side-impact airbags and a Safety Canopy side curtain-type airbag system with rollover sensors are standard.

Driving Impressions
Though it's not as trucklike as the old Ford Windstar, the Monterey still leans further in that direction than most minivans. Acceleration is adequately energetic, and the automatic transmission operates well. Maneuverability isn't bad, either. Ride comfort trails some rivals but ranks as acceptable.

The Monterey has some minor annoyances, which center mostly on ergonomics. For instance, grabbing the handbrake lever is a long reach. The seat bottoms are a bit short, and the seats don't move very far rearward. Second-row space is good, but passengers' knees may be forced upward. It's possible to slip right past the desired gear when using the column-mounted shift lever. Parking-assist sensors may be overly sensitive.

A headrest impedes visibility over the left shoulder. The gauges are modest in size but well-placed.



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What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Owned three of these and loved them all

by Liza Flanary from IN on May 22, 2018

We owned three of these and everyone had been a great van. We wished they still made them! Got in an accident and no one was hurt-also great for tailgating because rear seat flips around! Read full review

(5.0)

Great Van

by Bigoike from OH on April 14, 2017

I am not sure why they stopped but it is the best vehicle I have ever owned and easy to work on! I just bought a second one the first one I bought new and have had 13 years Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2006 Mercury Monterey currently has 3 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2006 Mercury Monterey has not been tested.

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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 Monterey 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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