Vehicle Overview from Kelley Blue Book
KBB.com 2002 Mercury Mountaineer Overview
Mercury's Mountaineer Steps Out of the Explorer's Shadow
You may remember the old Mountaineer. Then again, you may not. It was little more than a re-badged Explorer with a different grille. With this year's complete redesign of the Explorer, Mercury has decided that the Mountaineer must have its own voice in the Ford family, so although they share the same basic mechanics, there are real differences in the way the Mountaineer and Explorer go about their missions.
Let's begin with the exterior. There is no mistaking the Mountaineer for anything else on the road. Its unique grille and headlight design give it a strong Mercury family resemblance. The "New Edge" styling, so prominent in the Cougar, can be seen throughout the Mountaineer fascia and side-body cladding. Also unique to the Mountaineer is a set of double-spoke, 16-inch cast aluminum wheels. In keeping with its urban mission, the Mountaineer's tires are designed to give a smooth, quiet ride, as are the valve settings for the shocks.
Interior details are also unique to the Mountaineer. The Mercury's trim and seating leathers are decidedly upscale from its Ford twin with brushed-aluminum inserts covering the dash and steering wheel. Top line models have the option of a two-tone leather interior. New for 2002 is the addition of a third-row seat that can be folded into the floor to create a large, flat cargo hold.
Safety is a top priority on the new Mountaineer, which features dual front airbags, a side-airbag curtain and seat belt force limiters and pretensioners. The Mountaineer will also offer the option of all-wheel drive, something the Explorer does not have, and a choice of two engines: a 4.0-liter V6 or the 4.6-liter V8. Both engines qualify for a LEV (low emissions vehicle) rating.