Used 2000 Mercury Mystique

Pros & Cons

  • Solid handling, four-cylinder or V6 engine choice, affordable price.
  • Limited room for rear passengers, pedestrian interior.
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Edmunds' Expert Review

As the Ford Contour's twin, for pure road-going thrills in a well thought-out package, the Mystique makes for a fun car at a great price.

Vehicle overview

Since its introduction in 1995, the Mystique has been Mercury's counterpart to the Ford Contour. Based on the same platform, the Mercury has differentiated itself by having different styling and trim packages. But for all intents and purposes, the Contour and Mystique were the same car.

The Contour and Mystique are still the same car for 2000, but there is an added difference: the Mystique is the only one to offer a four-cylinder engine. To avoid having the new Ford Focus steal sales away from the Contour, Ford has taken the Contour upscale, discontinuing the entry-level LX series. The remaining 2000 Contour comes only with a V6 engine.

Customers looking to purchase a more fuel-efficient (and less expensive) four-cylinder should check out the Mystique GS. The Zetec DOHC 16-valve four produces 125 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 130 foot-pounds of torque at 4,000 rpm. The GS also comes with a rear spoiler, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, fog lamps and special floor mats. While we still aren't sold on the exterior look, the Mystique GS has plenty to offer the small-sedan shopper. The body structure is stiff, and the ergonomically correct instrument panel features legible dials and controls. The interior still receives some gripes, however. It lacks some of the refinement found in competing cars and Mercury has never been able to solve the lack of room for rear-seat passengers.

The more upscale Mystique LS comes standard with the 24-valve Duratec V6 engine, which develops 170 horsepower at 6,250 rpm and 165 foot-pounds of torque at 4,250 rpm. Improvements over the LS include leather bucket seats, 15-inch alloy wheels, larger tires, a performance-tuned suspension, a 60/40 split-folding rear seat and four-wheel disc brakes on manual transmission-equipped cars.

When we've been behind the wheel of V6-powered Mystiques, we've generally had a good time. The V6 is just one part of an equation that makes this car such an excellent purchase for the shallow-pocketed enthusiast. The real excitement of the Mystique's driving experience is the result of the car's excellent chassis, suspension and steering.

Since its introduction, the Contour/Mystique platform has won plenty of awards and has received great press from automotive critics. In 1998, Mercury gave the Mystique an exterior freshening to make the car more distinctive in the crowded family-sedan marketplace.

The Dodge Stratus and Chevrolet Malibu may offer greater interior volume, but for pure road-going thrills in a well thought-out package, the Mystique makes for a fun car at a great price.

2000 Highlights

The Mystique comes standard with an emergency glow-in-the-dark trunk release, designed to allow a child or adult trapped in the trunk to open it from the inside. Two new exterior colors debut.


Overallundefined / 5

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2000 Mercury Mystique.

Average user rating: 4.1 stars
9 total reviews
5 star reviews: 45%
4 star reviews: 22%
3 star reviews: 33%
2 star reviews: 0%
1 star reviews: 0%

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Most helpful consumer reviews

3/5 stars, Powerful, unique, needs better quality..
LS 4dr Sedan
i own the V6 LS model and it has ran great with minimal problems to this day. bought in 2001 and still own it today in 2009, very reliable, still attractive. love the LS features, preamium sound system, leather seats, motorized radio antenna. added a few things to it myself, like remote start and a better horn. few things have needed to be replaced but it seems that everything needs fixing at once now.... 1,000 dollar suspension estimate at belle tire. everything is luse in the front end. also had to repllace alternator at low miles. it has 151k miles now still good. needs new battery, it also makes this weird humming noise every now and then, doesnt seem to do anything major. left it alone
4.125/5 stars, Fun To Drive!
LS 4dr Sedan
This is a very underrated car - with a 5-speed manual, the V6 engine really rips, and the handling is in the BMW/Audi league. If you don't need the status and gadgets that go with a BMW 3-series, this car brings you the performance and handling for half the cost. And it even came standard with leather, power drivers seat, etc., which are *options* in the low-end BMW. Nearly everyone who has ridden in it has asked me "what kind of car is this?". I guess nobody seems to expect a boring Mercury sedan to blast off and zip around corners better than the more expensive, yet smaller, new Jetta, and in the same league as cars more than twice its twice. Rock on!
4.625/5 stars, Happy 3 year Owner
LS 4dr Sedan
I bought my V6 5-speed Mystique LS in Dec 99 after ordering it to my specs. The dealer thought I should get an automatic trans for resale purposes. I bought it for me as a keeper, not to sell. I really like this car and totally agree with the reviewers comments of July 02. Great Handling, strong engine. Very smooth and powerful 4-disc brakes. This is a great used car deal - if you can find a 5 speed. I've owned Honda Accords - great cars, but cannot touch this for handling. I did not rate the car a 10 because of a clutch leak (left me stranded) and rear styling is so so.
3.25/5 stars, Factory Defects
LS 4dr Sedan
Dash board covering came unglued at 17000 miles was fixed as factory defect w/same dash fell apart again at 32000 was told tuff luck they had fixed it once they did not have to deal with it agaun.This was Ford motor co. Jacky Jones said they would fix it for a thousand.Still no guarantee it will stay fixed.This is my mothers car she is on a fixed income and can not afford to have the dash fixed at this time.Otherwise a very good vechicle,but factory backing is not there

Features & Specs

MPG & Fuel
18 City / 26 Hwy / 21 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 15.0 gal. capacity
0 seats
Type: front wheel drive
Transmission: 5-speed manual
V6 cylinder
Horsepower: 170 hp @ 6250 rpm
Torque: 165 lb-ft @ 4250 rpm
Basic Warranty
Length: 184.6 in. / Height: 54.5 in.
Overall Width with Mirrors: N/A
Overall Width without Mirrors: 69.1 in.
Curb Weight: 2769 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 13.9 cu.ft.


NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
DriverNot Rated
PassengerNot Rated
Side Crash RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Side Barrier RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Driver3 / 5
Passenger4 / 5
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front SeatNot Rated
Back SeatNot Rated
RolloverNot Rated
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of RolloverNot Rated

IIHS Rating

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

Side Impact TestNot Tested
Roof Strength TestNot Tested
Rear Crash Protection / Head RestraintNot Tested
IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
Moderate Overlap Front Test


Is the Mercury Mystique a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2000 Mystique both on the road and at the track. You probably care about Mercury Mystique fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Mystique gets an EPA-estimated 21 mpg to 25 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Mystique has 13.9 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Mercury Mystique. Learn more

Is the Mercury Mystique reliable?

To determine whether the Mercury Mystique is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Mystique. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Mystique's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2000 Mercury Mystique a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2000 Mercury Mystique is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2000 Mystique is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2000 Mercury Mystique?

The least-expensive 2000 Mercury Mystique is the 2000 Mercury Mystique LS 4dr Sedan. Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $0.

Other versions include:

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    What are the different models of Mercury Mystique?

    If you're interested in the Mercury Mystique, the next question is, which Mystique model is right for you? Mystique variants include GS 4dr Sedan, and LS 4dr Sedan. For a full list of Mystique models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

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    Used 2000 Mercury Mystique Overview

    The Used 2000 Mercury Mystique is offered in the following submodels: Mystique Sedan. Available styles include GS 4dr Sedan, and LS 4dr Sedan. The Used 2000 Mercury Mystique comes with front wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 5-speed manual.

    What do people think of the 2000 Mercury Mystique?

    Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the Used 2000 Mercury Mystique and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the Used 2000 Mystique 4.1 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the Used 2000 Mystique.

    Edmunds Expert Reviews

    Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2000 Mercury Mystique and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2000 Mystique featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

    Our Review Process

    This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

    We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

    What's a good price for a New Used 2000 Mercury Mystique?

    Used 2000 Mercury Mystique LS 4dr Sedan

    The Used 2000 Mercury Mystique LS 4dr Sedan can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $18,125. The average price paid for a new Used 2000 Mercury Mystique LS 4dr Sedan is trending $16,553 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $16,553 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $1,572.

    The average savings for the Used 2000 Mercury Mystique LS 4dr Sedan is 91.3% below the MSRP.

    Used 2000 Mercury Mystique GS 4dr Sedan

    The Used 2000 Mercury Mystique GS 4dr Sedan can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $16,825. The average price paid for a new Used 2000 Mercury Mystique GS 4dr Sedan is trending $15,250 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $15,250 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $1,575.

    The average savings for the Used 2000 Mercury Mystique GS 4dr Sedan is 90.6% below the MSRP.

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    What is the MPG of a 2000 Mercury Mystique?

    2000 Mercury Mystique GS 4dr Sedan, 5-speed manual, regular unleaded
    25 compined MPG,
    21 city MPG/31 highway MPG

    2000 Mercury Mystique LS 4dr Sedan, 5-speed manual, regular unleaded
    21 compined MPG,
    18 city MPG/26 highway MPG

    EPA Est. MPG25
    Transmission5-speed manual
    Drive Trainfront wheel drive
    Displacement2.0 L
    Passenger VolumeN/A
    Wheelbase106.5 in.
    Length184.6 in.
    Height54.5 in.
    Curb Weight2769 lbs.

    Should I lease or buy a 2000 Mercury Mystique?

    Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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