The Montego is powered by a 3.0-liter V6 engine with 24 valves. Two trim levels are available, Luxury and Premier. Front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive are available for both trim levels. A six-speed automatic transmission comes on front-drive models. A continuously variable automatic transmission, or CVT is used on the all-wheel-drive models; AWD models also get a suspension upgrade that includes self-leveling rear shock absorbers. Its basic structure was designed by Volvo, a company that built its reputation on safety. Add to that Ford Motor Company's Personal Safety System, which means that the inflation rate for the dual-stage front airbags is managed by a crash severity sensor and a weight sensor for the front-seat passenger.For 2006, the Mercury Montego gets minimal changes.