Summary, Prices, Specs

By April 25, 2001

Summary

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 (MSPR):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 (MSPR):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 (MSPR):$20090
Layout:front-wheel drive
Engine:2.5-liter dohc 24-valve V6
Horsepower (lb.-ft @ 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.
Payload:N/A
Towing capacity:1000 Lbs.
Suspension, f:Independent
Suspension, r:Independent
Ground clearance:N/A
Curb weigth:3200 lbs.
Tires:P215/50R16
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 (MSPR) effective as of April 25, 2001.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 - www.mercuryvehicles.com