Mercury's all-new front-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, midsize 4-door sedans debuted in late 1994 for the 1995 model year with two new engines and transmissions. A "global car", a vehicle that could be built and sold on both sides of the Atlantic or in Asia, the Mystique was available in base GS and uplevel LS trim, and competed against Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Dodge Stratus, Chevy Lumina, Nissan Altima and Ford Contour.
Year-to-year changes[edit | edit source]
1995[edit | edit source]
Standard engine was the Zetec 2.0-liter dohc 4-cylinder that produced 125 horsepower. The optional engine was the 170-horsepower 2.5-liter Duratec V6, one of the smallest and lightest engines for its size, that came with platinum-tipped sparkplugs. Simple routine maintenance was all that has been required for 100,000 miles.
Either of two transmissions, a 5-speed manual or the small and lightweight 4-speed automatic, could be had with either engine.
The V6 option also included disc brakes at all four corners, larger tires (on the base GS), a sport-tuned handling suspension, antilock brakes, all-speed traction control, air conditioning, 10-way power driver's seat (on GS), leather seats (on LS), 14-in. alloy wheels (on GS), and a premium audio package.
All Mystiques came with dual airbags, full analog instrumentation, a 60/40 fold-down rear seat and a MicronAir system that would filter passenger-compartment air, removing particles as small as 3 microns.
The Quadralink independent rear suspension had passive rear wheel steering, providing increased toe-in for increased stability in turns.
Retail prices[edit | edit source]
As of July 20, 1994:
- $13,855 (1995 Mercury Mystique GS)
- $15,230 (1995 Mercury Mystique LS)
As of October 1, 1995:
- $14,330 (1996 Mercury Mystique GS)
- $15,705 (1996 Mercury Mystique LS)
Shipping prices[edit | edit source]
- $495 (early 1995 models)
- $510 (1995 models)