Vehicle Overview
The 2007 Mercury Mountaineer hasn't changed a lot, but does come with newly standard side-impact and side curtain airbags. Snow Belt drivers will be glad to know an optional heated windshield is now available in all Mountaineer models.

The Mountaineer and the closely related Ford Explorer have body-on-frame construction; both models were last fully redesigned for the 2002 model year.

The top Mountaineer engine is a 292-horsepower, 4.6-liter V-8 with three valves per cylinder; it drives a six-speed automatic transmission.

The standard AdvanceTrac electronic stability system features Roll Stability Control, and a DVD-based navigation system is available.


Exterior
The center bumper section that sits directly below the waterfall grille has a satin-aluminum finish. Mercury says the front fascia and rectangular headlights suggest a subtle evolution in the company's design direction, with an emphasis on the vertically stacked front-end elements.

The mirrors have a chamfered lower inside edge. A new liftgate is installed, and the back bumper has a satin-aluminum strip. Satin aluminum also is used to trim the available power-retractable running boards. Standard wheels are 17 inches in diameter, but 18-inch wheels are standard on Premier models. Built on a 113.7-inch wheelbase, the Mountaineer is 73.5 inches wide and measures 193.5 inches long overall.

For 2007, Premier models add a White Chocolate exterior color option, and all models add Alloy Metallic and Dark Cherry Metallic options.


Interior
The Mountaineer gets an auxiliary input jack for MP3 players and other audio devices for 2007. The optional rear-seat DVD entertainment system also gets a bigger, 8-inch video screen.

The Mountaineer can be fitted to carry up to five or seven occupants. Premier models come with a power-fold third-row seat. The second-row seats can be ordered as either a bench or bucket seats. Second-row seats in Premier models have reclining seat backs.

The gear selector is located in the console, and door release handles are integrated into the end of the armrests. Analog gauges sit in the instrument panel.


Under the Hood
The Mountaineer is available with one of two engines. The 4.0-liter V-6 develops 210 hp and 254 pounds-feet of torque; it teams with a five-speed automatic. The 4.6-liter V-8 generates 292 hp and 300 pounds-feet of torque and works with a new six-speed automatic transmission. The Mountaineer can be equipped with either rear- or four-wheel drive.

Safety
Antilock brakes, side-impact and side curtain airbags that protect first- and second-row occupants are standard.