2002 Mercury Villager

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of the 2002 Mercury Villager. Base trim shown.

2002 Mercury Villager Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Mercury’s minivan has been a victim of lackluster sales recently; as a result, the Villager will cease production in the summer of 2002. The Nissan Quest, which is related to the Villager, will also disappear. Villager sales dipped by more than 27 percent during the 2001 calendar year, to just 22,046 units, according to Automotive News.

For its final stint in the Mercury lineup, the Villager minivan gets a set of vinyl cargo mats and one new color choice, but no other significant changes. Mercury lists six distinct models for 2002: Value, Popular, Sport, Sport Plus, Estate and Estate Premium.

Both the Villager and Quest were redesigned for 1999, and the Villager earned a mild restyling for 2001. The two models differ mainly in their front-end appearance. Both have been produced at the same plant in Ohio as a joint venture between Nissan and Ford. Nissan has supplied the engine and most of the engineering development.

Nissan exhibited a Quest concept minivan at Detroit’s North American International Auto Show in January 2002, which signals the intention to issue a new version of its Quest no sooner than 2003. Mercury will not issue a redesigned Villager but is expected to launch a replacement likely in 2003.



Exterior
The Villager rides a 112.2-inch wheelbase, has an overall length of 194.9 inches and is 70.1 inches high. Dual-sliding side doors are installed, but power operation is not available. A roof rack is standard on the Sport and Estate models. The ...
Vehicle Overview
Mercury’s minivan has been a victim of lackluster sales recently; as a result, the Villager will cease production in the summer of 2002. The Nissan Quest, which is related to the Villager, will also disappear. Villager sales dipped by more than 27 percent during the 2001 calendar year, to just 22,046 units, according to Automotive News.

For its final stint in the Mercury lineup, the Villager minivan gets a set of vinyl cargo mats and one new color choice, but no other significant changes. Mercury lists six distinct models for 2002: Value, Popular, Sport, Sport Plus, Estate and Estate Premium.

Both the Villager and Quest were redesigned for 1999, and the Villager earned a mild restyling for 2001. The two models differ mainly in their front-end appearance. Both have been produced at the same plant in Ohio as a joint venture between Nissan and Ford. Nissan has supplied the engine and most of the engineering development.

Nissan exhibited a Quest concept minivan at Detroit’s North American International Auto Show in January 2002, which signals the intention to issue a new version of its Quest no sooner than 2003. Mercury will not issue a redesigned Villager but is expected to launch a replacement likely in 2003.



Exterior
The Villager rides a 112.2-inch wheelbase, has an overall length of 194.9 inches and is 70.1 inches high. Dual-sliding side doors are installed, but power operation is not available. A roof rack is standard on the Sport and Estate models. The Villager may have 15- or 16-inch tires, depending on the model.



Interior
Seating for seven occupants is standard. Base models have a two-person bench seat in the second row, while the Sport and Estate editions have twin bucket seats. All versions have a three-passenger bench seat in the third row, which slides back and forth in the floor to three positions.

Leather upholstery is standard in the Estate edition. With the middle seats removed and the rear bench pushed all the way forward, the Villager can hold 127.6 cubic feet of cargo.

A three-position parcel shelf is installed in the Sport and Estate models, which can keep grocery bags and other items from rolling around. An available rear-seat video entertainment system includes a roof-mounted, 6.4-inch screen and video game capability.



Under the Hood
The Villager and Quest use the same 170-horsepower, 3.3-liter V-6 engine, which teams with a four-speed-automatic transmission.



Safety
Antilock brakes are standard, but side-impact airbags are not available. LATCH anchorage points for child-safety seats are installed. The Villager and Quest earned a top five-star rating in government crash testing for both the driver and front passenger.

 
Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com
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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.4)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

A Great Van

by Art Man from Peoria, IL on September 12, 2017

I bought this car for it's reliability as it is a Nissan with Mercury badges- owned it for 14 years and it's been all over the West and in the mountains for travel and work. Very few repairs- mostly ... Read full review

(5.0)

Most reliable and comfortable car i owned.

by harleygirl from 49878 on May 7, 2017

It has a lot of room and is very reliable. I like the style it has inside and out. All my vehicle needed was regular oil change and maintenance. I put new tires and a new battery in it as well. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2002 Mercury Villager currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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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 Villager 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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