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Avg. Price Paid:$8,451 - $10,538
Original MSRP: $27,370 - $34,005
MPG: 15 City / 21 Hwy
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2007 Mercury Mountaineer Interior

This interior review was written when the 2007 Mercury Mountaineer was new.

As AutoWeek says, the 2007 Mercury Mountaineer's interior "is highly stylized, and as a result might not be to everyone's liking." However, on the whole, test drivers find a well-appointed, comfortable and roomy cabin.

Some reviewers believe the Mountaineer's interior virtues will remind many drivers of why they seek to purchase SUVs despite escalating gas prices. The SUV seats five but has a third-row option to seat seven. Consumer Guide notes the Mountaineer has "an outstanding array of useful features."

Seating

Although the general opinion among auto writers is that the front row is spacious, there was some division on the comfort to be found in the 2007 Mercury Mountaineer's second and optional third row seats. Edmunds says there is "ample passenger room in all three rows," and Forbes determines five adults will sit without complaint in the base model and seven in the Premier trims, but this was not an opinion shared by all.

One of the Detroit News' reviewers is particularly displeased that "there isn't much leg or knee room in the second and third rows, so older adults won't like riding back there for long periods of time." AutoWeek, on the other hand, doesn't even promise a limited amount of riding comfort, even for the driver. "These seats also felt like they were sitting right on the floor of the vehicle," the writer gripes, "and despite selecting several different driving positions, I never found one I was comfortable with."

Interior Features

Whether they loved it or hated it, auto writers couldn't stop talking about the upward-hinged door handles on the 2007 Mercury Mountaineer, redesigned this year. The general consensus though, is that the new door handles are more tricky than trendy. Edmunds calls them "the least ergonomic interior door handles we've ever encountered," and awkward, as they are now below the armrest. AutoWeek's writer uses sarcasm. "It's interesting how so many people feel the need to reinvent the wheel. When you have to look a couple of times to find the door handle, maybe the designers went a bit too far."

A feature that reviewers wished had seen a redesign is the Mountaineer's instrument panel and controls, which were generally considered hard to read. The San Francisco Chronicle says visibility of the two round instrument pods is nonexistent at night or in tunnels. "The problem is that they're too deep and the needles become invisible," the writer says. The Detroit News suffers the same problem. Consumer Guide also has difficulty seeing the Mountaineer's controls, and gives a bad rating to the rear climate controls that are mounted in SUV's ceiling.

Some standard features include heated leather trim, preferred suede seats, 60/40 fold flat bench seats in the rear, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Premier trims come standard with a universal garage door opener, rear auxiliary climate control and the power 50/50 third row seats. These Premier features are all optional for the base model.

Stereo and Entertainment

Standard on the base Mercury Mountaineer is a single CD player with an MP3 audio jack, while the Premier Mountaineer receives an Audiophile ® Sound System that the Atlanta Journal-Constitution calls "ear-pleasing." Satellite radio capability is also an option.

Another option is the 2007 Mercury Mountaineer's rear seat DVD player, appreciated by reviewers like Kelley Blue Book and Cars.com for being eight inches wider this year. The system is also a bonus for the San Francisco Chronicle, but the price is not. "Ouch on these prices. Yes, they're convenient, but do they really have to cost that much?" the reviewer ponders.

Navigation

The 2007 Mercury Mountaineer's navigation system is an optional feature for drivers with a Premier trim, and is noted by Edmunds and Car and Driver as easy to operate. The San Jose Mercury News' reviewers enjoy the ability to "bread crumb" their travels, as they say, watching the white dots travel across the mapping screen, but Kelley Blue Book notices a small snag in this well-liked feature -- drivers cannot opt for both a heated windshield and a navigation system at the same time.

Cargo

The 2007 Mercury Mountaineer utilizes enough "cargo room to permit its owners to think they made the right decision in not opting for a van," the Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes for many. The SUV provides 13.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row and 45.1 cubic feet without that optional final row, be it folded down or not present. Even more space is available with all the rear seats folded, as the San Francisco Chronicle's writer says must be taken into account when weighing an SUV purchase. "While you're pondering the gas conundrum: Think of it this way: This car has a lot of room for bringing people and their gear. With all the rear seats folded, it has nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space; and even with people sitting in the rear row of seats, it still has about 44 cubic feet left over for luggage and all the other stuff SUV owners haul around." Meanwhile, the Detroit News reviewers call the power folding third-row seat a favorite feature for opening up "oodles of extra cargo space at the push of a button or two."

Edmunds joins in with others who call the Mountaineer "well-stocked" with storage areas. Riders and drivers have slots for knick knacks in the floor and overhead consoles, glove compartment and in map pockets.

Review Last Updated: 5/2/08

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