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Car of the Week - December 10, 2001

2002 Mercury Mountaineer

2002 Mercury Mountaineer

The 2002 Mercury Mountaineer comes with either a 4.0-liter V6 making 210 horsepower or a 4.6-liter V8 pumping out 240 hp. These power packages will impress you, even though the mileage numbers won't. We braved a hostile winter storm that slammed into the Bay Area with winds up to 45mph - and not only was the Mountaineer up for the challenge, it performed sure and steady even while being buffeted on the Bay Bridge. The storm was reduced to windshield nonsense while we enjoyed a Duke Ellington CD thanks to the all-new independent rear suspension featuring a unique porthole-in-frame design. Good news for the ride and handling.

2002 Mercury Mountaineer

That new suspension meant that the rear floor could now be 7 inches lower - et voila, a third-row seat! - and a ground clearance to 9.2 inches. Noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) are dramatically reduced as well. Other features include a standard six-way power adjustable driver's seat, along with optional adjustable pedals, heated front seats and heated exterior mirrors. New safety features include optional side curtain airbags, a stiffer body shell and a lower front bumper for improved crash compatibility with other vehicles. Cosmetic additions include a satin-finish grille and stylish head lamps.

2002 Mercury Mountaineer

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