The Monterey minivan had a short life. After debuting for the 2005 model year, it is no longer being made and will not be replaced within the Mercury line.
Sales of the Ford Freestar's sister vehicle have not been near where Mercury wanted them to be, so they stopped production in August 2006. The Freestar ceased production in November.
Since the Monterey didn't exist long enough to be redesigned, the 2007 looks much like the other two years' incarnations. Mercury's favored satin aluminum adorns the grille, the available roof rails, and numerous points in the interior. This interior, though nicer than the lower-priced Freestar's, nonetheless was criticized by some for looking and feeling cheaper than it should have.
Standard equipment on this final Monterey, of which the Luxury is the only trim, is fairly impressive. It comes with a Forward- and Reverese-Sensing System, which detects obstacles in the minivan's path during parking and backing up. It also comes with dual power-sliding doors, Tri-zone Climate Control, a Premium Sound System with 6-CD changer, a tire-pressure indicator, and fog lamps. The driver's comfort is assured with a 6-way power-adjustable seat with memory function, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with wood insert, and adjustable pedals and side mirrors with memory. Security-based amenities include remote keyless entry, a driver's door keypad, and the Securilock passive anti-theft system that will not allow the engine to be started without the coded key.
The options are nothing to blink at either - you can even get heated and cooled front seats, which are not available on any other minivan. Plus, its side-impact airbags are the most advanced in this class.
Other optional equipment includes a power liftgate, a power front passenger seat, Electronic Automatic Temperature Control, a Rear-seat Entertainment System with wireless headphones and 7-inch flip-down monitor, self-sealing tires, a programmable Universal Garage Door Opener, roof rails, and 17-inch wheels. You can also add one of two Trailer Tow Packages: the Class I (maximum capacity: 2000 lbs.) or the Class II (3500 lbs mazimum). Leather is available, although not for the third row.
The Monterey Luxury's 4.2-liter V6 is paired with a smooth 4-speed auto transmission, and the result is 17 city miles to the gallon and 23 on the highway. The engine is somewhat loud, but Mercury increased sound absorption this time around, achieving for Monterey buyers a quieter ride with less vibration.
TheyÃ?Â¢Ã¯Â¿Â½?Ã¯Â¿Â½?ve also built it to be safe, and the government crash-testers have noticed. The Monterey has earned top ratings throughout its short existence Ã?Â¢Ã¯Â¿Â½?Ã¯Â¿Â½? something that's crucial in a vehicle whose target market is so specifically families.
That safety equipment includes ABS, three-point seat belts with pretensioners, a restraint control module, driver's seat position sensor, energy management retractors, frontal impact severity sensors, and state-of-the-art airbags, including side-curtain units. The AdvanceTrac electronic stability system is available as an option; it helps you to maintain control by activating brakes and adjusting torque on individual wheels when it detects slippage or under- or oversteering and is also helpful in poor surface conditions.
Despite the lackluster sales, reviews have been good. It's just that the Japanese competition has done an exceptional job, and that's where the sales have been. The minivan does offer extreme versatility in its seating configuration, as the second row can be flattened or split, and the third can be stowed inside the floor, leaving room for seemingly endless cargo. The third-row seat also has a Tailgate feature wherein it can be flipped to face outward when the car is parked with the tailgate up. It makes for a comfy tailgating perch, perhaps out of the wind.
|Air Conditioning||Front air conditioning · Dual front air conditioning zones · Rear air conditioning · Single rear air conditioning zones|
|Airbags||Dual front airbags · Passenger airbag deactivation: occupant sensing deactivation · Side airbags: front, rear and third row, rear, front · Side-curtain airbag rollover sensor|
|Audio System||Antenna Type: element · 6 disc in-dash CD · MP3 player: CD MP3 Playback · AM/FM radio · Speed Sensitive Volume Control|
|Brakes||ABS: 4-wheel · Electronic brakeforce distribution · Front brake diameter: 11.4 · Front brake width: 1.2 · Front brakes: ventilated disc · Rear brake diameter: 12.4 · Rear brake width: 0.8 · Rear brakes: ventilated disc|
|Comfort Features||Center console trim: simulated wood · Dash trim: simulated wood · Door trim: simulated wood · Floor Mat Material: carpet · Floor Mats: front · Rear floor mats · Steering wheel trim: leather, wood|
|Convenience Features||Adjustable pedals: power · Cargo area light · Cargo area power outlet: 12V · Center console: front console with storage · Cruise control · Cupholders: rear, front, rear and third row, front · Easy entry: manual rear seat · Keyless entry: keypad · Memorized settings: side mirrors, adjustable pedals · Multi-function remote · One-touch windows: 1 · Overhead console · Power outlet(s): 12V front · Power steering · Reading lights: front, rear · Rear power outlet: 12V · Retained accessory power · Steering wheel: tilt-adjustable · Steering wheel mounted controls: cruise controls, audio · Storage: door pockets, cargo net, front seatback, grocery bag holder · Vanity mirrors: dual illuminating|
|Doors||Rear door type: liftgate · Side door type: dual power sliding|
|Driver Seat||Adjustable lumbar support: manual · Power adjustments: 6|
|Drivetrain||Axle ratio: 3.54|
|Header||Midyear release: no|
|Headrests||Front headrests: adjustable · Number of front headrests: 2 · Number of rear headrests: 2 · Number of third row headrests: 3|
|Instrumentation||Clock · Compass · External temperature display · Tachometer · Warnings and reminders: low fuel level, tire fill alert|
|Lights||Exterior entry lights · Front fog lights · Headlights: dusk sensing, auto delay off|
|Mirrors||Exterior mirrors: power, integrated turn signals, heated, heated driver mirror|
|Passenger Seat||Manual Adjustments|
|Rear Seats||Rear heat: rear ventilation ducts with fan control · Type: captains chairs|
|Safety||Child safety locks · Child seat anchors · Parking sensors: rear, front|
|Seatbelts||Rear center seatbelt: 3-point · Seatbelt force limiters: front · Seatbelt pretensioners: front|
|Seats||Driver seat manual adjustments: reclining · Driver seat power adjustments: height · Front seat type: bucket · Rear headrests: adjustable · Rear seat folding: one-piece · Third row seat folding · Upholstery: cloth|
|Security||Anti-theft alarm system: remote · Engine immobilizer · Power door locks|
|Spare Tire||Mount Location: underbody · Size: temporary|
|Spare Wheel||Rim Type: steel|
|Suspension||Front Arm Type: lower control arms · Front Shock Type: gas shock absorbers · Front Spring Type: coil springs · Front Suspension Classification: independent · Front Suspension Type: MacPherson struts · Rear Shock Type: gas shock absorbers · Rear Spring Type: coil springs · Rear Suspension Classification: semi-independent · Rear Suspension Type: torsion bar · Stabilizer bar(s): front|
|Third Row Seat||Type: bench|
|Tires||Tire Pressure Monitoring System · Type: all season|
|Tires and Rims||P Tires · Wheels: polished alloy|
|Windows||Front wipers: intermittent · Power windows · Privacy glass · Rear defogger · Rear quarter windows: power · Rear wiper: intermittent|