Basic transportation, and doing it well.
October 16, 2018
To begin, I am a fan of the simple styling of the 2005 mercury Montego (also ford 500).
I bought the car cheap and used, in good shape with low miles as a roomy commuter. The car fits the bill perfectly. I have had it now for just over a year, and have accumulated less than 10,000 miles (I have a truck I drive to/ from work, or for hauling, and such) Absolutely nothing unexpected in the year of ownership - nothing spectacularly good, nor awful.
My biggest complaint, and currently only complaint that comes to mind, is with the seating - as FOMOCO called it "command seating". There is more of a minivan like seating position than that of a standard sedan. I knew of this when purchasing, and can more than live with it, but it is not possible to feel the "low-slung - laid back" feeling of old Luxo-barges... not bad since this is a much more modern vehicle.
With its tight steering, nearly drive-itself capabilities of the all wheel drive and traction control (insanely stable in any conditions I have endured - from heavy downpours, to thick snow covered streets, to ice and sleet), comfortable but bland interior, excellent road manners, and sedate V6 with CVT combo, this is not a bad car.
I would venture to say this is a modern (yet out dated) true drivers car. Had Ford managed to produce one these in the mid 90's, fighting the likes of the Audi A6 Quattro (which I most easily compare this car to the 1995 version), I think the Montego would have come out ahead... But being a decade late in the fight, we as consumers get the reincarnation of a great car at bottom dollar pricing --- and that is why I can easily recommend this car.
It may not stand well against newer cars, but when price and drivability are considered, this car is great.