The Mercury Villager is a minivan that was manufactured and sold by Ford for model years 1993–2002. A rebadged variant of the Nissan Quest, the Villager was a product of a joint venture between Ford and Nissan and was built at Ford's Ohio Assembly plant in Avon Lake, Ohio. It was Mercury's first of only two minivan models it ever featured.
The Villager's main innovation was in its seating configurations. The Villager had a folding removable middle seat (or two buckets). The rear seat folded and moved on tracks in the floor. It could be slid forward to the middle position making a 5 passenger vehicle with ample cargo space, or all the way to the back of the front seats to make a large cargo space.
All Villagers were designed with free-wheeling, non-interference engines, which means that in the event of a complete engine failure in the course of driving, the driver will still have braking and steering power.
The last Mercury Villager rolled off the assembly line on June 27, 2002. Ford and Nissan went separate ways after the Villager-Quest project, with Nissan pursuing the development of the 2004 Nissan Quest while Mercury anticipated a version of the Ford Freestar called the Monterey.