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2007 Mercury Mountaineer Performance

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

Reviewers say you should expect a good driving experience in the 2007 Mercury Mountaineer, regardless of whether you prefer a V6 or V8 engine, although the V8 offers impressive towing capacity. AutoWeek considers the Mountaineer "a nice-driving, comfortable truck."

Car and Driver is expecting more. To its test drivers, Mountaineers "go, corner and stop well enough, but excitement is absent." While some experts report crisp handling, others are find the SUV's handling sluggish. However, the Mountaineer does receive kudos for a towing capacity that's well-matched with the more powerful V8 engine.

Acceleration and Power

The 2007 Mercury Mountaineer comes standard with a 4.0-liter SOHC V6 engine with 210 horsepower, but those who choose the Premier trim can also opt for a 4.6-liter SOHC V8 engine with 292 horsepower, and a full 300 pound-feet of torque. As Edmunds reports, "either engine is powerful enough to keep up with traffic, though the V8 is more refined and offers more grunt off the line." Car and Driver, however, is not a believer. Its writers warn drivers to "forget about the 210-hp V6 unless you want to show up to Sunday service on Tuesday afternoon."

Forbes notes the V8 engine should "ensure strong acceleration on demand and robust towing capabilities," and the Detroit News says that "if you can afford the gas, the new 4.6-liter V8 is pretty nice." However, the reviewers from the later also provide a disclaimer concerning the sheer power that accompanies the engine. "That's enough muscle to tow a boat or a medium-size trailer, although the vehicle, because of its mass, is not exactly a rocket," they write.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Mercury's Mountaineer receives a rating of 13 miles per gallon in the city and 19 miles per gallon on the highway with the V6 engine. The V8 engine's rating is actually slightly better, at 13 miles per gallon in the city and 20 on highways. Reviewers find those numbers "hideous," to use the San Francisco Chronicle's words, and "disappointing" in the words of Autofieldguide.com's writer, who averaged 15.8 miles per gallon in an even mix of city and highway driving. "While no one expects to replicate these numbers in the real world," its writer says, referring to the EPA's ratings, "these numbers are not unreasonable for a vehicle that can tow nearly 7,000 lb. and weighs 4,742 lb before you begin ladling on the options."

The Mountaineer's transmission is a five-speed automatic with overdrive for the V6 engine, and a six-speed automatic with the V8. The six-speed is a joy to use, according to the vast majority of reviewers, who don't even give an impression of the V6's five-speed. AutoWeek calls the transmission "among the smoothest I can remember," while Consumer Guide also chooses the word "smooth," adding that the six-speed "delivers quick part-throttle downshifts for fine around-town response."

Handling and Braking

The majority of reviewers find the 2007 Mercury Mountaineer's handling is excellent, although there are a few who disapprove. Edmunds appreciates that the SUV "feels predictable and stable in corners and higher-speed turns." Car and Driver leads those who find something to criticize, saying that the Mountaineer's power rack-and-pinion steering is just one of the mechanical operations to "happen at their own pace; there's no sense in asking any of them to hurry, because the Mountaineer will just ignore you. This is a high-ridin', easy-livin' sort of SUV."

Kelley Blue Book says the Mountaineer's independent front and rear suspension "provides it with great stability while cornering, and the redesigned variable-rate power steering returns excellent feedback to the driver. The ride is as soft and controlled as any full-size sedan, and the Mountaineer's cockpit is amazingly quiet and rattle-free." The San Francisco Chronicle says the suspension system "helps it ride almost as smoothly as a car and it has all the bells and whistles that adorn most of today's cars," and Carz Unlimited likes how the suspension "keeps the tires in contact with the road surface even over rough bumps."

The 2007 Mercury Mountaineer's anti-lock, power-assisted four-wheel disc brakes are called a disappointment in several reviews. Consumer Guide calls the brake pedal action "mushy," which Edmunds agrees with, noting the brakes "bring the Mountaineer from 60 mph in a respectable 138 feet, but a spongy pedal and noticeable brake fade keep it from being anything more than an adequate performer."

All Wheel Drive

Drivers have the option for an all-wheel drive system with the 2007 Mercury Mountaineer, which many writers enjoy but complain doesn't have dual-range, or low-range gearing "for some serious off-road capabilities," as Forbes comments. Most reviews also highlight that as good as the all-wheel drive is, the Mountaineer "is designed to spend far more of its time on the pavement than on dirt."

Towing

NewCars.com says towing is "markedly more the Mercury Mountaineer's forte than it is the average midsize SUV's," as the 2007 model's towing capacity ranges from 3,500 pounds with front-wheel drive and 6,930 pounds on the Mountaineer's Premier V8 model when fully equipped with the optional towing package. However, Kelley Blue Book recommends drivers leave the towing for the V8 models.

Review Last Updated: 5/2/08

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