It happens daily so be careful. I told my wife then that we needed a bigger tow vehicle. Objectivity can sometime go out the window if a sale is in jeapordy. To be safe, and I do want to be on the safe side, what is the max you would tow with this vehicle? I am within my specs weight wise I have not felt unsafe at anytime. Overall, reviewers feel the Mountaineer provides spacious passenger capacity and strong towing prowess.
Wait until you get the Expedition. Honda's redesigned Pilot is another good choice and will seat up to eight. First of all there is some difference in campers and horse trailers because you're pulling live weight with horses and dead weight in the camper. We also had to wonder about their long-term durability and whether they could get damaged in rugged terrain. Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. Personally I think a larger pop up or a short hybrid would be within the mountaineers capability.
For 2008, the only significant additions and changes are to the option packages, which bundle various features, such as heated seats and a voice-activated navigation system. I agree you should wait until you get your next vehicle to know for sure what camper you can tow. Some quality gaffes remain, but Mercury is lightyears ahead of where it was just three years ago. According to sources from around the Web—and in the opinion of TheCarConnection. The Highlander's interior is a bit smaller than the Mountaineer, but it can seat seven in a pinch. Personally, I would rather have a tow vehicle with more power than I need than a trailer too big for my tow vehicle.
Long story short, he never weighed the setup but my guesstimate was it was around 7000 with all his stuff in it. One lady recently bought a Toyota 4 Runner with the V8 and said oh I can pull up to x amount of pounds. The powertrain provides good around-town power and offers decent pickup from a stop, but is lacking in passing punch. First, you pull a strap that releases the head restraints so they fold forward. The middle-row bench seat has full seatbelts for three but head restraints for only the outboard passengers.
Essentially the Mercury version of the Ford Explorer, the Mountaineer is based on a truck chassis for improved towing and hauling capability. I tell you if they did they would have blasted me long ago. I also looked up the wheel base on an Expedition and it was 119 inches. Headroom and hiproom are comparable. The front bumper holds rectangular fog lamps, a sectioned lower air intake and a satin-finish aluminum cross bar running the width of the grille.
Second-row bucket seats are available in place of the bench seat for six-passenger seating. Check with the car dealer for sure. The dash is trim and elegant and clearly communicates essential information. The materials are generally nice, though there are some plastics that smack of cost-cutting. The V-6 comes mated to a five-speed automatic transmission, while the V-8 offers a six-speed automatic.
If your weight is 5000lbs fully loaded including passengers for camping, then you are ok with 500 lbs to spare for Disney souveniers. There are three new colors for 2008 — silver, white and stone green. That's not true of all navigation systems, including those from Mercedes. If you're looking for a daily commuter for the family, a crossover may be a better choice. According to Edmunds, the V8, all-wheel-drive Mountaineer does the 0-60 jump in 8. . Show full review Vehicle Overview The Mercury Mountaineer is closely related to the Ford Explorer but has more luxury content.
But if you need towing capacity, the Mountaineer is a worthy competitor. My wife and I just started kicking around the idea of buying a camper. I have been towing A 25 ball to bumper hybrid for 2 years now. Towing safety is serious business, for all of us on the road. The standard 17-inch and optional 18-inch wheels feature designs exclusive to Mercury.
Both engines emit a breathy growl that is well muffled, and road noise is decently muted. Overall, passenger roominess is competitive for the class. The six-speed automatic transmission compensates somewhat, but not enough to impress. The Mountaineer comes equipped with a fair amount of standard safety equipment, and very little has changed for the new model year beyond the packaging of options, the addition of a voice-activated Sync communication system and a new capless fuel-filler setup. We like the look of some of the light-colored interiors, though we're concerned they'll get dirty. If the vehicle doenst have any trailering equipment lights and hitch you will run into costs having those items installed.