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2001 Mercury Cougar (continued)


Driving enthusiasts in the market for a sport coupe should take a close look at the Cougar V6. People who want a stylish, practical coupe can't go wrong with the four-cylinder model. Both are priced aggressively to compete with respective models from Japan. And both offer a breathtakingly different look, a sharp-edged contrast to the soft forms of current fashion.

Model Line Overview

Model lineup:Cougar 4 ($16,700); Cougar V6 ($17,200); Cougar S ($22,050)
Engines:125-hp 2.0-liter dohc 16-valve inline-4; 170-hp 2.5-liter dohc 24-valve V6; 196-hp 2.5-liter 24-valve V6
Transmissions:5-speed manual; 4-speed automatic
Safety equipment (standard):dual front airbags standard; side-impact airbags and ABS optional
Safety equipment (optional):N/A
Basic warranty:3 years/36,000 miles
Assembled in:Flat Rock, Michigan

Specifications As Tested

Model tested (MSRP):Cougar V6 ($17,200)
Standard equipment:air conditioning, power windows, locks, and driver's seat height adjustment, AM/FM/CD stereo, sport suspension
Options as tested (MSRP):V6 Sport Group ($865) includes leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, glovebox light, map lights, dual covered visor vanity mirrors, auxiliary warning system, fog lights, color-keyed rear decklid spoiler, power four-wheel disc brakes, 16-in. aluminum wheels with P215/50R16 tires, upgraded sport seats with adjustable headrests, high-level upholstery with adjustable lumbar support, bright door sill plates, full-length center console, aluminum pedals; V6 Convenience Group ($660) includes cruise control, remote keyless entry, illuminated entry, rear window wiper/washer, premium AM/FM/CD stereo; ABS ($500); side-impact airbags ($390)
Destination charge:($475)
Gas guzzler tax:N/A
Price as tested (MSRP): $20,090
Layout:front-wheel drive
Engine:2.5-liter dohc 24-valve V6
Horsepower (hp @ rpm):170 @ 6250
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):165 @ 4250
Transmission:5-speed manual
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:20/29 mpg
Wheelbase:106.4 in.
Length/width/height:185.0/69.6/52.2 in.
Track, f/r:59.3/58.7 in.
Turning circle:37.0 ft.
Seating capacity:4
Head/hip/leg room, f:37.8/53.9/42.6 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r:34.7/51.3/33.2 in.
Cargo volume:14.5 cu. ft.
Towing capacity:1000 Lbs.
Suspension, f:Independent
Suspension, r:Independent
Ground clearance:N/A
Curb weight:3200 lbs.
Brakes, f/r:disc/disc with ABS
Fuel capacity:15.5 gal.

Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of October 02, 2000.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable.
Manufacturer Info Sources: 1-800-392-3673 -

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