2005 Mercury Montego Overview


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4.55 stars

Based on 4 reviews

Best Car I Have Ever Owned. by James
 — Excellent AMERICAN car. Not sporty to drive but handles securely at all times. It's well built and reliable. I have never had any major problems with it. Not sporty to look at, but it is a roomy, comf... Read More
I Like It by Juanrra
 — i like this car because it has a very ellegant and sofisticated look it fits very good to a gentlemen as a young guy it has a good performance and a higher speed than others in his class i love it Read More
Great For One Who Wants A Roomy Traveling Car. Great On The Road And Travels 350-425 Mi Per Tank. by Matt
 — Great car for looks, loads of trunk space (5 maybe 6 bodies without sagging on shocks), and cabin space like a 50s Caddillac. However, the performance of the car lacks in acceleration and towing cap... Read More

2005 Mercury Montego Overview

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2005 Mercury Montego

In 2005, Ford was in the process of a major model make over. They chose a Mazda-based platform for their small/sporty cars and a Volvo-based platform for their larger, more luxurious models. The Volvo platform forms the basis for the reactivated Montego, Ford's Five Hundred sedan, and its crossover Freestyle SUV. Retired in 1976, the Montego replaces the "ancient" Sable which came on line almost 20 years ago.

In its new form, the Montego takes on SUV characteristics and styling borrowed from Mercury's Mountaineer and Mariner SUVs, and its Monterey minivan. It sits higher off the ground than the other midsized sedans in its class and measures only two-tenths of an inch shorter than the Monterey minivan. The Montego further reflects this SUV thinking in its  interior (one of the roomiest in its class) with its high seating positions - front and back, low dashtop, and tall windows which all provide for excellent visibility. Mercury claims that the massive 21.2-cubic foot trunk is the largest in its class.

A few reviewers felt that the all-aluminum, 203-hp, 3.0-liter V6 was underpowered. Yet, others felt that the engine worked well with both the six-speed automatic transmission (a joint GM-Ford venture) and with the Continuously Variable Transmission (a joint Ford-ZF venture).

Handling was praised as being "very European" (not surprising given its Swedish underpinnings) - meaning the Montego responded quickly and efficiently to driver inputs. The modified Volvo XC90 suspension worked well no matter what road surface it encountered. Braking was also up to the same performance level.

Ford worked with Volvo engineers in making safety a prime concern in the design of the Montego. Its five-star crash ratings testify to their success.

The Montego comes in two trim lines: Luxury and Premier. Both lines offer the choice of front-wheel or all-wheel drive. One reviewer was able to test the AWD system in a major snowstorm and reported satisfactory results. The Luxury model comes standard with high-intensity discharge headlamps, LED tail lamps, and fog lamps, while the Premier line offers traction control as a standard feature.


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