Used 1999 Mercury Villager Review

Edmunds expert review

What's new for 1999

The Mercury Villager is completely redesigned for '99. Improvements range from a more powerful engine to a larger interior to a second sliding door on the driver side. New styling features include larger headlights and a distinctive front grille. Inside, ergonomics have been addressed with easier to reach controls and an innovative storage shelf located behind the third seat.

Vehicle overview

Mercury has answered the ever-increasing demands of the modern minivan buyer with an all-new Villager for 1999. Improvements start under the hood with a new V6 that has increased in size from 3.0 to 3.3 liters. Horsepower is a robust 170 (up 16 from last year) with torque topping out at 200 foot-pounds (49 foot-pounds higher than last year's model). Lightweight pistons, a newly tuned upper air intake, and a more advanced ignition system combine to make this engine quieter and more reliable than in previous models.

Suspension components have also been tweaked with a revised front strut design and a new single-leaf rear spring system for a smoother, more controlled ride. Combined with a new antilock brake system and second-generation air bags for driver and front passenger, the Villager is prepared to duke it out on the mean streets of America.

Inside, Mercury has performed a complete makeover with new radio and climate controls, an easier to read instrument panel, and even better cupholders. The rear cargo area now features a storage shelf that can be repositioned for stacking soft and hard items. Seating is also improved, with more legroom for second and third row passengers and a versatile in-track system for easy adjustment or removal of the third row seat. A new climate control system uses under-seat ducting to keep rear passengers warm or cool and an optional audio system can be ordered to let front and rear passengers enjoy separate music selections.

With more power, a driver's side sliding door, and improved creature comforts, the all-new Villager enters '99 ready for battle in the minivan arena.

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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.

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