The second generation Mercury Villager was equipped with a 3.3 liter V6 engine that produced 180 horsepower, slightly more than the previous generation's 3.0 liter V6 with 151 horsepower. Consumer Guide gave the Villager a 4-star rating for its fuel economy, which logged in at 17 mpg in the city and 23 on the highway. Optimized cargo space allowed for easy hauling, and the rear seat could be repositioned to create a five-passenger vehicle.
1997 Mercury Villager 3 Dr LS Passenger Van
Only two generations of the Mercury Villager were produced, beginning with the GS, LS, and Nautica Special Edition trim levels in 1993. At the time, the Mercury Villager sold as a 3-door minivan, but in 1999, the automaker changed the body style to a 4-door version. The first-generation Villager received some modifications in 1996, including revamped taillights and redesigned fascia. The main attraction of the Villager overall was the adaptability of its interior space, allowing for the increase of cargo area or the addition of seating for more passengers.
Did you know that: The most expensive modification of the Mercury Villager, according to the manufacturer's recommendations - Estate Premium 4dr Minivan (3.3L 6cyl 4A) - $27340.
The Mercury Villager and Nissan Quest were the products of a joint venture between and Nissan. The goal was to produce a smaller and more stylish Minivan to compete in the traditional Minivan market. The vans debuted at the 1992 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. The two minivans differed only cosmetically(such as a lightbar between the headlights on the Villager which was common on Mercury vehicles in the early 90s) and shared a Nissan engine. They were built in a Ford plant in Avon Lake, Ohio. As it nears the end of its production life – scheduled for next year – the 2001 Mercury Villager not only remains relatively unchanged this year, it remains a popular family minivan. It’s offered in three trims – Base, Sport and Estate – with a 170 horsepower 3.3-liter V6 mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission under the hood. Mercury didn’t skimp on the safety features, with driver and passenger-side airbags, ABS brakes and child safety rear door locks as standard. Luxury amenities include front and rear air conditioning, cruise, keyless entry and seating for 7.