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2007 Mercury Montego Review


The 2007 Mercury Montego, first introduced in 2005, is a large and roomy sedan.  A few key features have been added to the Montego for 2007: Traction control along with side curtain and side-impact airbags. The Montego midsize premium sedan can be equipped with either front- or all-wheel drive; it is powered by a 203-hp V6. The all-wheel-drive system can automatically distribute up to 100 percent of traction to the rear wheels. Safety is a top priority on the Montego and it was engineered specifically with safety in mind. In fact, its basic structure was designed by Volvo. The Montego gives the driver a relatively high seating position and, consequently, excellent outward vision. Mercury styling cues, such as the waterfall-style grille and LED tail lamps with metal crossbars, do a good job of distinguishing the Montego from the Ford Five Hundred, which shares its structure and most hardware. The Montego has a luxurious cabin, premium features and trim, and a smooth, comfortable ride. The brakes are excellent, responding quickly when the pedal is pressed.

2007 Lineup


Base and Premier trim levels are offered on the 2007 Montego. Base FWD and AWD come with dual-zone electronic climate control, six-way power driver's seat, a fold-flat front passenger seat, split-fold rear seats, auto-dimming rearview mirror, two 12-volt power points, AM/FM stereo with single CD player, leather-wrapped tilt steering wheel with remote audio controls and cruise control, remote keyless entry, folding heated power exterior mirrors, power windows and door locks, passive anti-theft system, 17-inch seven-spoke wheels, automatic high-intensity discharge headlamps, LED tail lamps, and fog lamps. All-speed traction control is standard with AWD and optional with FWD. Cloth upholstery is standard.

Premier FWD and AWD feature leather upholstery, heated front seats, a power passenger seat, a memory function for the power seats, mirrors and adjustable pedals, a leather-wrapped shift knob, overhead console with Homelink, wood grain interior appliqu├ęs, remote perimeter lighting, a 6CD changer and subwoofer, a trunk cargo net, and 18-inch 15-spoke alloy wheels. Traction control is standard with both FWD and AWD. A new navigation system is available for 2007 Premier models.

Montego Powertrain


The Montego's all-aluminum V6 engine features drive-by-wire electronic throttle control and is complemented by a six-speed automatic transmission that shifts smoothly and does well to choose the right gear for the driving situation. The all-wheel-drive models come with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that is smooth and responsive and enhances fuel efficiency. The Duratec 3.0-liter V-6 produces 203 horsepower and 207 pounds-feet of torque. Traction control is standard.

Driving a Mercury Montego


The 2007 Mercury Montego is smooth and quiet. Its Duratec 3.0-liter V6 works well with its wide-ratio, six-speed automatic. The transmission shifts quietly. The CVT version also performs well, thanks to low final-drive gearing and computer-optimized ratio changes.  However, the Montego is a big car, and it doesn't do as well when driven hard on bumpyand winding roads.  The suspension, a modified version of the Volvo XC90 setup, performs fine on smooth or medium-bumpy surfaces. With all-wheel drive, an electro-hydraulic limited-slip coupling senses a difference in speed between the front wheels and rear wheels, and it can distribute up to 100 percent of the driving torque to the rear. The 2007 Montego drives heavier than its Ford sibling, the Five Hundred. The Montego drives confidently at highway speeds.

Cabin Features - 2007


The Montego can hold five occupants in its cabin, which has upright seating position that has the feel an SUV. It is among the roomiest of family sedans with 108.3 cubic feet of interior room; the back seats lead the category in headroom and knee room.  A power driver's seat and tilt steering wheel are standard. A two-user memory feature stores seat, pedal and mirror positions in the Premier sedan. Front-row seats are mounted on top of a cross-car beam that is engineered to enhance safety. The driving position in the Montego is high off the ground, affording excellent driver visibility. The seats sit about four inches higher than the seats in the discontinued Sable. The rear seats are slightly elevated to yield a better view without impeding the driver's vision. With the 60/40-split second-row seat folded, the Montego offers 49.9 inches of load floor length. The front passenger seat also folds flat. The seats are plain, but large and supportive. The instruments are easy to read and the controls are easy and quick to use. An analog clock sits in the center of the dashboard. Two cupholders appear in the front console with two more in the backseat's flip-down armrest.  The 2007 Montego's trunk, at 21.2 cubic feet, is also the largest in its class for 2007 models.

Mercury Montego Design


The Montego features the Mercury waterfall-style grille. Two new exterior colors are available for 2007: Dune Pearl and Alloy Metallic.  High-intensity-discharge headlights and rectangular fog lamps are installed. Fifteen-spoke alloy wheels on the Premier sedan hold 18-inch tires, while the Base model rides on 17-inch tires. LED taillamps give quicker illumination compared to traditional bulbs. Built on a 112.9-inch wheelbase, the Montego is 200.9 inches long overall and 61.5 inches tall.  Low-profile windshield wipers use a strip of spring steel to press the rubber blade evenly against the glass. A power moonroof is optional.

Safety


Safety is a top priority with the Montego.  All-disc antilock brakes are standard, as are seat-mounted side-impact airbags and rollover Safety Canopy side curtain airbag system. A reverse sensing system is optional. Features that you can't see, but make this a safer vehicle include energy-channeling frame structures engineered by Ford and Volvo that help absorb crash forces before they reach the passenger compartment, a strong crossmember in the roof, and an energy-absorbing cross-car tube that provides exceptional side-impact protection. In AWD models, even the central driveshaft collapses to protect Montego's occupants by absorbing crash energy. The Montego was designed to meet tough future standards for rear-end impacts.

The 2007 Mercury Montego is a wonderful family sedan that offers space and luxury. Its special safety design would put any parent's mind at ease. Both transmissions work well and the CVT that comes with AWD models is a vast improvement over earlier designs because of its electronic controls. Getting in and out of the car is very easy, and the chair-height seats give excellent views. The bottom line is the 2007 Montego is a sedan that makes sense in every way.  Fuel economy is an EPA-estimated 21/29 mpg City/Highway for front-drive models, while AWD models are rated at 19/26 mpg.

 

 
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