The Mercury Mountaineer was a mid-size luxury sport utility vehicle (SUV) that was sold by the Mercury division of Ford Motor Company from 1997 until 2010. Sharing many of its features with the Ford Explorer, the vehicles were virtually identical, in terms of hardware. Externally, they were styled somewhat differently, and the Mountaineer was positioned with a more upscale interior. The Mountaineer has been praised for its excellent handling and stability. As part of the discontinuation of the Mercury brand, production of the Mountaineer ended in late 2010.
It was awarded Class Exclusive Roll Stability Control (RSC) System and named Consumers Digest Best Buy for 2006 and 2007.