2006 Mercury Monterey

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$28,595

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2006 Mercury Monterey

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

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

1 trim

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Notable features

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

2006 Mercury Monterey review: Our expert's take

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.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.8
  • Interior design 4.8
  • Performance 4.8
  • Value for the money 5.0
  • Exterior styling 4.8
  • Reliability 4.8

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Owned three of these and loved them all

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!

4.3

Great Van

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

5.0

Luxury in a minivan

Just that....you want luxury, but need a minivan?... Then the 2006 or 2007 Mercury Monterey is for you!.... It's more of an upgraded Ford Winstar!... Really nice appointments... Perfect for family

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