2005 Mercury Mountaineer

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Premium midsize SUV

Mercury Mountaineer is a premium midsize SUV that builds upon the best-selling Ford Explorer with more style, comfort and convenience. For 2005, Mountaineer builds on its strong safety story by adding AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability ControlTM as a standard feature.

2005 Mercury Mountaineer - front/side2005 Mercury Mountaineer - front/side

For three years in a row, Mountaineer has been rated a "Best Pick in its Class" - the highest rating - by the independent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, based on offset frontal impact testing.

Mountaineer is available in Convenience, Luxury and Premier arrays and is built in St. Louis, Mo., and Louisville, Ky.

Design and Equipment

Mountaineer features geometric, machined surfaces and bold-edged curves. The use of satin-aluminum finishes creates a modern, technical theme. The styling is forward-looking and expressive, in keeping with Mercury's brand identity.

Functionality also was an important factor when designing the Mountaineer. The innovative rear liftgate is designed to be easy to use. Body-colored door handles add a robust appearance, while offering greater ease of use and quality and a more comfortable feel.

Powertrain

The Mercury Mountaineer is powered by a choice of two engines: a 4.6-liter V-8 or a 4.0-liter V-6.

The 4.6-liter V-8 uses an aluminum block and heads and is an overhead-cam design. It delivers 239 horsepower at 4,750 rpm and 282 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm and can travel 100,000 miles before its first scheduled tune-up.

The 4.0-liter overhead-cam V-6 delivers 210 horsepower at 5,100 rpm and 254 pound-feet of torque at 3,700 rpm.

Towing capability comes built-in with a standard Class II receiver hitch. An optional towing package provides Class III/IV towing capability of up to 6,900 pounds when properly equipped.

All-wheel-drive is available.

Safety

New for 2005, Mountaineer offers AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control as a standard feature. This system uses electronic controls and active intervention to reduce the chances of an untripped rollover accident.

The Mountaineer has a robust, fully boxed frame that was designed with energy absorbing crush zones in the front rails. Steel bars inside the doors provide increased protection in side impacts. Head restraints in all seating positions help prevent neck injuries.

Four-wheel-disc anti-lock brakes and a tire pressure monitoring system are standard. The Mountaineer Premier is equipped with the Safety CanopyTM side-curtain air bag system, which is optional on Convenience and Luxury arrays.

Major Equipment and Options

Convenience: Anti-lock brakes, 16-inch aluminum wheels, fog lamps, remote keyless entry system with driver side keypad, split liftgate, power mirrors, roof rails, intermittent wipers, single CD AM/FM stereo, power locks, third-row seating, cloth sport bucket seats, power windows, tire-pressure monitoring system and message center with compass and outside-temperature display.

Luxury adds: 17-inch aluminum wheels, color-keyed running boards, dual-zone electronic climate control, steering wheel-mounted audio and climate controls, auto-dimming rearview mirror, two-tone leather-trimmed sport bucket seats, heated front seats, power seating with driver side memory, optional Homelink universal garage door opener, dual-powered heated mirrors with security approach lamps and optional power-adjustable pedals with memory.

Premier adds: Color-keyed lower body, front and rear fascia, satin aluminum exhaust tip, satin aluminum roof rails, unique badging, reverse sensing system, Safety Canopy, in-dash six-disc CD changer and power moonroof.

Mountaineer options include Safety Canopy, Reverse Sensing System, auxiliary climate control, Audiophile sound system, rear seat entertainment system with overhead DVD player, second-row captain's chairs, a Class III/IV trailer package and dealer-installed SIRIUS Satellite Radio.

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