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2005 New Car Model Guide, Model Guide, New Car Reviews, Mercury Cars, Trucks, & SUVs


2005 Mercury New Car Model GuideModels on the lot at Mercury from the Lincoln-Mercury Division of Ford Motor Co. increase by two in 2005 with the addition of Mariner, a new crossover sport-utility wagon, and a Euro-styled sedan named Montego.

Mariner is the first small-class SUV for Mercury, promoting agile road manners and a flexible cabin design with fold-flat seat.

The Montego is a premium mid-size sedan cast on a platform originated by Volvo of Sweden.

Mercury Grand Marquis
2005 Mercury Grand Marquis

With a long and broad body-on-frame structure, V8 power and classic rear-wheel-drive (RWD) traction, Mercury's venerable Grand Marquis sedan carries up to six adults and a load of luggage. It has no rivals in the large-car class, save for a twin, Ford's Crown Victoria. The 2005 editions earn more on-board safety equipment and upgrades in cabin appointments. Mercury divides Grand Marquis into two series of GS and LS, then adds packaged equipment in further segments, such as the Convenience array for GS or LS Premium and LS Ultimate.

The LS Ultimate adds an air suspension with rear stabilizer bar, premium audio gear, remote controls for audio and climate systems and a steering wheel in wood and leather. Beneath the extended hood, a single-cam 4.6-liter V8 achieves 224 hp in all issues except with the optional handling package on LS, where dual exhausts boost output to 239 hp. A traction controller, which combines ABS with throttle intervention to block wheel spin, applies to all but base GS trim. New two-tone paint treatment is available to all, while a Two Tone Edition for the GS Convenience brings dual-shade leather seats.

Mercury Mariner
2005 Mercury Mariner

Mercury's new compact-class SUV comes with premium equipment and optional V6 power plus front-wheel-drive (FWD) or automatic all-wheel-drive (AWD) traction. It's called a crossover wagon because Mariner rides on the platform of a car and blends the manners of a sedan with the elevated stance and cargo capacity of an SUV. The exterior looks rugged with a bold face featuring a vertical grille in satin aluminum and corner cluster headlamps set above integrated fog lamps. Mariner's upscale cabin, with two rows of seats for five, has wood grain trim with bright chrome and satin aluminum accents.

The wagon divides into three equipment grades -- Convenience, Luxury and Premier, the latter with luxury touches and leather seats. Mariner's base engine, the Duratec 23 with aluminum block and heads, displaces 2.3 liters and makes 153 hp. The 3.0-liter V6 -- dubbed Duratec 30 -- climbs to 200 hp and is the standard on Luxury and Premier models. A four-speed automatic transmission works with either plant. Optional AWD traction runs in FWD mode unless on-board wheel sensors detect slippage and the smart device diverts some of the engine's power to turn the rear wheels.

Mercury Sable
2005 Mercury Sable

Mercury's mid-size sedan and station wagon have simplified trim designations in 2005, with sedans tagged as GS or LS and the wagon as LS. Cabins for sedans hold five or six due to a choice in front seat style -- bench or buckets. The three-person front bench for Sable GS contains a flip-down center back section that becomes a console when tipped forward.

A console that has an open bin in front and a closed compartment in back split the two front buckets for the Sable LS. The Sable LS wagon fits seven or eight by adding an optional rear-facing third bench. Engines for Sable begin with the 3.0-liter Vulcan V6 that achieves 153 hp. Optional power comes from Ford's Duratec version with twin cams pumping 201hp. A new LS Premium Package brings leather seats, automatic climate controls and automatic headlamps.

Mercury Montego
2005 Mercury Montego

This new mid-size sedan for Mercury shares DNA with Ford's flagship Five Hundred sedan, as both use a Volvo platform. Montego brings the tight handling traits of a European touring car and comes with a spacious passenger compartment with seats for five plus luxury gear including power-adjustable pedals and xenon high intensity discharge (HID) headlights. Ford's Duratec 3.0-liter V6 engine fuels Montego with 203 hp and there are options for a continuously variable transmission (CVT) from ZF-Batavia or a six-speed automatic by Aisin.

AWD traction, using the Haldex equipment from Volvo, goes on Montego's list of options, as do side air bags for front seats and Ford's Safety Canopy curtain-style air bags for front and rear outboard seats. Montego splits into Premier and Luxury grades. The Luxury model carries 17-inch wheels, an anti-lock brake system (ABS), fog lamps and heated power mirrors, dual-zone electronic climate controls, six-way power for the driver's bucket and an audio system with CD player. The Montego Premier grade adds a traction control system (TCS), 18-inch alloy wheels, Audiophile premium stereo equipment with six-disc CD deck, leather seats and two-way power for the passenger seat.

Mercury Mountaineer
2005 Mercury Mountaineer

The mid-size Mountaineer SUV returns in three versions for 2005 labeled Convenience, Luxury and Premier. The cabin supports up to three rows of seats for seven riders. Luxury and Premier editions carry second-row buckets seats, while a third-row bench goes into Premier. Forceful styling for Mountaineer with a bulldog face and smooth body shapes conveys an image of strength as supported by two powerful engines.

The standard 4.0-liter V6 engine musters 210 hp, but an optional 4.6-liter V8 rises to 239 hp. New standard equipment in all for 2005 is Ford's AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control (RSC). The sophisticated device employs electronic controls to adjust brakes and throttle automatically to correct potentially dangerous lateral skidding and reduce the chances for a rollover accident. Optional AWD models use Ford's Control Trac system to automatically channel engine torque to any wheel. A tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) is standard on the Luxury and Premier, with Ford's Safety Canopy stock for the Premier but available for other trims. Then a new Designer Series upgrades the cabin in rich suede upholstery with scuff plates on doorsills.

Mercury Monterey
2005 Mercury Monterey

Exterior design for this long-wheelbase luxury minivan adopts styling points of Mercury's Mountaineer SUV. The signature waterfall grille mounts up front with satin aluminum accents and flanks wear monochromatic body cladding. The plan for the cabin indicates three rows of seats with twin buckets up front, seats on the second row foldable and a third-tier bench that drops into the flat floor. Power for the Monterey stems from a 4.2-liter V6 engine rated at 201 hp and with enough torque to lug a 3,500-pound trailer.

Trim versions are Convenience, Luxury and Premier. The Convenience issue brings a four-speed automatic transaxle, ABS, twin-zone climate controls and forward and reverse park assist, with side-impact air bags optional plus Ford's Safety Canopy. The Monterey Luxury has heated and cooled front seats covered in perforated leather, power to move two side sliding doors and power-adjustable pedals, side air bags and the Safety Canopy, with Ford's AdvanceTrac stability controls optional. Deluxe Premier trim gets heated and cooled front seats in leather with perforated suede inserts, a power liftgate plus aluminum wheels and satin aluminum roof rails. A DVD-based entertainment system for rear seats is optional.