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2006 Mercury Mountaineer

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$29,150

starting MSRP

Key specs

Base trim shown

SUV

Body style

7

Seating capacity

193.5” x 72.8”

Dimensions

Rear-wheel drive

Drivetrain

Overview

The good:

  • Horsepower increase for V-8
  • Available power-folding third-row seat
  • Available power running boards

The bad:

  • Pending further review

3 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

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Notable features

  • Freshened for 2006
  • Newly available 292-hp V-8
  • AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control
  • RWD or 4WD

2006 Mercury Mountaineer review: Our expert's take

By Kristin Varela

Opening and closing the doors on the 2006 Mercury Mountaineer elicits big wows everywhere we go. Well, it’s not exactly the doors that create that wow factor, but rather the automatic running boards that subsequently, magically extend then disappear every time a door is opened or closed. I explain this to my children as being operated by Yahooty. You know Yahooty -he’s the guy who makes the floors in our house creak when we walk on them, turns on and off the refrigerator light and was blamed today for spilling an entire bottle of purple body shimmer on the carpet in my daughter’s room when she was supposed to be getting ready for bed.

Aside from being a great conversation piece, I’m trying to figure out what purpose the $695 “integrated automatic deployable running boards” serve. Here’s what I’ve come up with: They might just increase fuel mileage via improved aerodynamics (OK, maybe not enough to even measure, but every ounce counts when I’m driving a V-8 and gas prices are what they are). Even better, the running boards stay relatively free of ice and mud, helping me keep the car’s carpet clean. I can’t keep the carpet in my house clean, but by gosh I’m trying with all my might to keep the car’s carpet clean.

Sixty percent of Mountaineer customers are anticipated to be women this year, and we all know that we women are the real head of our households. Mercury was smart enough to integrate plenty of family-friendly features in the Mountaineer to really pull us in. Third-row seats that fold up and down via a button located in the cargo area prove to be very helpful in transforming this vehicle from toting carpool to toting garage-sale finds. The touch-screen navigation system offered for the first time this year (an extra $1,995) is intelligent yet useable even for those of us without advanced computer programming degrees. The DVD system with wireless headphones (another $1,295) keeps the kids entertained on long road trips, and again is one of the easiest to operate that I’ve come across. A reverse sensing system adds to the vehicle’s safety and my peace of mind. Would you believe that every week in the United States 50 children are backed over by cars, most in their own driveway by their own parents or caregivers? (www.KidsandCars.org)

Speaking of safety, the Mountaineer has what those clever Ford/Lincoln/Mercury marketers call the Personal Safety System. This system includes a stability control system with gyroscopic sensors to cut down on sliding and fishtailing. It also senses and helps prevent potential rollovers. The side curtain airbags have “roll fold” technology, allowing them to unfurl and slip between the car’s glass and a passenger’s head that might be resting on the window (read: sleepy backseat teenager on a road trip).

With my test car’s overall price of just more than $40,000, I am slightly disappointed that the power-adjustable seats don’t come with a memory system. My kids find the rear seat belt buckles difficult to use, and I’m not a fan of reverting back to buckling them into their booster seats after they’ve finally learned to do it themselves. I also find the “ergonomically” placed armrest ergonomically annoying and hard to get used to, even though this new placement also increases side-impact protection.

Overall, I enjoy my two weeks in the Mountaineer. With plenty of room for the whole family, plus the extra kids we seem to collect along the way, and enough flexibility and style to accommodate the other facets of my life, the 2006 Mercury Mountaineer is a relative chameleon of an SUV.

*For more information on the Mercury Mountaineer and its safety features, visit www.cars.com.

LET’S TALK NUMBERS

LATCH Connectors: 2

Seating Capacity (includes driver): 7

IT’S THE LITTLE THINGS THAT COUNT

Storage Compartments (Puny, Fair, Ample, Galore): Ample

Cargo/Trunk Space (Puny, Fair, Ample, Galore): Ample

SENSE AND STYLE

Family Friendly (Not Really, Fair, Great, Excellent): Great

Fun-Factor (None, Some, Good Times, Groove-On): Some – Good Times

Photo of Kristin Varela
Former Senior Family Editor Kristin Varela blends work and family life by driving her three tween-teen girls every which way in test cars. Email Kristin Varela

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.3
  • Interior 4.3
  • Performance 4.4
  • Value 4.5
  • Exterior 4.4
  • Reliability 4.5
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Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Good Value with lots of bells and whistles

Great vehicle and good value. I bought this vehicle 7 years ago with 15,000 miles on the odometer. It was like new inside and out. I have only had a couple of mechanical issues with the vehicle: First off, If it doesn't shift and downshift correctly, take it to the dealer, as there is a TSB out on this issue. Secondly, make sure to change the coolant every few years. Coolant only lasts so long, so at least every 5 years have it changed. On my Mountaineer the coolant aged and clogged up the radiator, resulting in a very expensive repair. Otherwise the vehicle is great and still looks relatively new despite being 18 years old. Overall very good value for what I paid for the vehicle.

4.0

Great midsize vehicle

I love my Mercury Mountaineer I bought it secondhand previous owners didn’t take care of it very well but with a little TLC I got it right all of the styling I like handling is great never left me walking but I am a 6’4” man So the driver seat is a little tight but I make do only complaint I have is the sunvisor it’s not comfortable forwards or backwards thing I love about it most is the doorhandles

5.0

Best Luxury SUV Ford ever produced

This is a wonderful, comfortable, sure footed, luxury SUV. Terrific 24 valve V-8. They don't make an engine this good or strong anymore. Would buy another in a heart beat if they still made this truck or one this good. Have driven it from Boston to Maine for years in all conditions and it eats up snowy, slippery roads and gets you home.

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Warranty

New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
36 months/36,000 miles
Corrosion
60 months/unlimited distance
Powertrain
36 months/36,000 miles
Roadside assistance
36 months/36,000 miles

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