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1996 Mercury Cougar vs. 2004 Mercury Monterey

To start off, 2004 Mercury Monterey is newer by 8 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1996 Mercury Cougar. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1996 Mercury Cougar would be higher. At 4,195 cc (6 cylinders), 2004 Mercury Monterey is equipped with a bigger engine. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2004 Mercury Monterey weights approximately 349 kg more than 1996 Mercury Cougar.

Because 1996 Mercury Cougar is rear wheel drive (RWD), it offers better handling in dry conditions; in addition, if you are looking to drift, it will be much easier to do with 1996 Mercury Cougar. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2004 Mercury Monterey, being front wheel drive (FWD), will offer much better control with better grip. With that said, do keep in mind that many other factors such as speed and the wear on your tires can also have significant impact on traction and control.

Compare all specifications:

1996 Mercury Cougar 2004 Mercury Monterey
Make Mercury Mercury
Model Cougar Monterey
Year Released 1996 2004
Body Type Coupe Minivan
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 3798 cc 4195 cc
Engine Cylinders 8 cylinders 6 cylinders
Engine Type in-line V
Horse Power 0 HP 201 HP
Drive Type Rear Front
Number of Doors 2 doors 4 doors
Vehicle Weight 1620 kg 1969 kg
Vehicle Length 5090 mm 5120 mm
Vehicle Width 1860 mm 1950 mm


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