If your looking for a great SUV and not wanting to spend a lot of money then look no further than the mercury mountianeer. Handles very well and the ride is even better.I got the AWD V8 which has plenty of power to get up and go. I put 5 stars on the cargo becase i couldnt put 4 and a half. It fits 7 passengers fine but not a lot of cargo space, but it works for me, my wife, and 3 kids all in car seats.
This is a very satisfying SUV except for the typical-of-the-class issue of less-than-great gas mileage (15-19, city-Hwy). I previously had a 1999 Eddie Bauer Explorer that also had V8 with fulltime AWD. I love the power and FTAWD but the suspension on this Mountaneer is so much more comfortable than that of the explorer. Yeah, it still feels like a truck but it's comfortable enough that I'm considering selling my car and driving it all the time. BTW, I purposely bought a model with cloth interior because I'm not crazy about leather and frankly, at least in cloth the seats on this model are more comfortable than those in the newer body style 2002-06.
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