The only changes on the Monterey for 2007 are the addition of six new exterior colors: Alloy Clearcoat Metallic, Light Tundra, Windveil Blue Clearcoat Metallic, Silver Frost Clearcoat Metallic, Pewter Clearcoat Metallic, and Dune Pearl.
The Monterey features a long list of amenities as well as safety features that make it one of the best minivan deals on the market. It comes with a roomy, smartly designed interior that includes three rows of seats. It features standard second-row captain's chairs, and the third row folds and tumbles easily, as well as flips backward for the Tailgate Bench seating setup. For more interior volume, the second-row seats can be removed, and the third-row seats stow neatly into a well in the rear of the cabin.
The Monterey comes in only one trim level, but its features are only eclipsed by its safety record. It carries a 5-star frontal impact crash test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration-a feat the van has accomplished for three years running. It also has a "Best Pick" rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. A standard Safety Canopy system includes side curtain air bags, front-row side air bags, and AdvanceTrac-Ford's electronic stability control program that helps keep the vehicle moving on its intended path in the event of an oversteer or understeer situation.
The Monterey offers one engine choice: a 4.2-liter V-6, good for 201 hp and 263 lb.-ft. of torque, that can pull 3,500 pounds worth of boat or jet skis. The V-6 is mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission. The 26-gallon fuel tank makes possible road trips of over 500 miles with no stops.
The Mercury Monterey competes in the Midsize Van segment, which consists of 13 models. Buyers in this segment look for reliability, safety, and comfort, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Avoider StudySM and the Escaped Shopper Study. SM
The top sellers in the segment during calendar year 2006, according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM were the Dodge Caravan (211,140 units sold), Honda Odyssey (177,919), and Toyota Sienna (163,269). The Mercury Monterey sold 4,467 units in 2006, a decrease of 45.3 percent compared to the previous year. Other models offered in the Midsize Van segment include the Chrysler Town & Country, Chevrolet Uplander, Kia Sedona, Ford Freestar, Nissan Quest.