Intended to provide a luxury minivan experience, the Monterey is both safe and stylish, but key omissions on the features list, an underachieving V6 and a general lack of refinement, make it less appealing than upscale vans from Chrysler, Honda and Toyota.
by Bill1437 on Jan 1, 2007 Vehicle: 2005 Mercury Monterey Convenience 4dr Minivan (4.2L 6cyl 4A)
My 2nd mini-van; very functional and fun to drive. 2 minor complaints; storage bins not deep enough, lift gate light not automatic. Use the folding 3rd row seat several times a week. DVD player great when having children on a trip. Sorry they stopped making them.
by Dobewon on Nov 14, 2005 Vehicle: 2005 Mercury Monterey Luxury 4dr Minivan (4.2L 6cyl 4A)
Purchased 9/2005 due to Friends/Family Pricing. MSRP over 33,000 but with 6,000 in rebates and Family pricing, came to just over 23,000. With some 10,000 off list, MONTEREY is an EXCEPTIONAL value ! Stable, quiet and smooth rider. Well appointed interior. Wood/chrome trim; dash chrome analog clock a "showpiece". With its long list of standard features, choosing Monterey over Freestar seemed like a "no-brainer"; and compared to Toyota and Honda we saved thousands due to rebates/pricing not to mention just being able to afford a vehicle of this caliber ! This replaced a 2000 Ford Windstar and no comparison to the comfort and "luxury" feel of the Monterey. Really like this one !!
Heated and cooled leather seats with perforated suede inserts are now standard on the Premier, while the AdvanceTrac stability control system and a liftgate spoiler are optional on both Luxury and Premier models. A power liftgate has been added to the options list of the Luxury, while all models can be equipped with Class I and Class II towing packages.