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1997 Mercury Villager

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1997 GS Cargo Van
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Price:   -  From $19,960
1997 GS Wagon Price:   -  From $20,215
1997 LS Wagon Price:   -  From $25,085
1997 Nautica Wagon Price:   -  From $26,915


Most people associate the Mercury nameplate with large and luxurious sedans such as the opulent Grand Marquis, or with rebadged Ford economobiles such as the Tracer. Canadians may recall seeing that name on the tailgates of pickup trucks until a few years ago, but that particular aberration never made it to America. Mercury product planners are as aware as anyone of what goes on outside their own domain, and the healthy sales of minivans led them to ask Ford for a van of their own. Which is exactly what they almost got. As it happened, Nissan was looking to move deeper into minivan territory with something more mainstream than its existing vans, none of which were doing big box-office at the time. To make a long story shorter, Nissan and Ford joined forces to produce the Nissan Quest and Mercury Villager, near-identical twins assembled in a Ford facility in Ohio using components from Nissan parts bins. One result of this venture is that the Villager started life with the Quest as a close competitor. Beyond that, all the Villager has to do is entice buyers away from such stalwarts as the Chrysler minis, Ford Windstar, Mazda MPV and others. A tall order. Nonetheless, the Villager enters the arena with some definite points on its side. It may not be the best minivan of all (though it would be difficult, if not impossible, to pick an absolute best buy), but it's certainly good enough to deserve careful consideration from most minivan customers.

Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.0L V-6 / 151 HP / 174 ft.lbs.
4-spd auto w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
17 / 23 / 20 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Not Available
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.0L V-6 / 151 HP / 174 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
17 / 23 / 20 Mpg
Front Disc/rear Drum
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Spare Tire And Wheel
Fuel Tank
20.0 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
126.0 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
Exterior Length
190.2 "
Exterior Width
73.8 "
Exterior Height
65.9 "
Front Headroom
39.4 "
Rear Headroom
Front Legroom
39.9 "
Rear Legroom
Front Shoulder Room
62.1 "
Rear Shoulder Room
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
Wheel Base
112 "
Turning Radius
20.0 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
3 Doors
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Manual / Dual Power Remote
Grille Moldings
Rear Spoiler
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
Front Armrests
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
Radio & Infotainment
Am/fm Stereo
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Climate Control
Cruise Control
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
One Touch Open Window
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Remote Keyless Entry
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / 100,000 Miles
Accessories Months

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