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2007 Mercury Monterey

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$5,575 — $8,683 USED
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5-7 Seats
20 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

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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

What to Know

about the 2007 Mercury Monterey
  • 201-hp, 4.2-liter V-6
  • Folding third-row seat
  • Optional heated and cooled seats
  • Optional rear-seat DVD entertainment system
  • Three-row side curtain airbags
  • Front/rear parking-assist sensors

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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. Six new exterior colors are the only changes for 2007.

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 Luxury model is the only Monterey trim available. AdvanceTrac, Ford's electronic stability system, is optional.


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.

Six new exterior colors will be available for 2007: Windveil Blue Metallic, Alloy Metallic, Silver Frost Metallic, Dune Pearl Metallic, Pewter Metallic and Light Tundra.


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 ...
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. Six new exterior colors are the only changes for 2007.

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 Luxury model is the only Monterey trim available. AdvanceTrac, Ford's electronic stability system, is optional.


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.

Six new exterior colors will be available for 2007: Windveil Blue Metallic, Alloy Metallic, Silver Frost Metallic, Dune Pearl Metallic, Pewter Metallic and Light Tundra.


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 is also available.

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 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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Safety

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Recalls

The 2007 Mercury Monterey currently has 2 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2007 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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