Founded by Henry Ford's son Edsel in 1939, Mercury was intended to be the more upscale cousin to Ford's lineup both before and after World War II. And while the brand, eventually sold within the Lincoln-Mercury division, proved successful in the '50s, '60s and '70s, Mercury's luster was gone by the '80s, when Ford had succumbed to doing little more for Mercury than badge-engineering existing Ford models. With growing apathy on the part of both its dealers and customers, Mercury was shuttered in 2011.

If shopping for a pre-owned Mercury today, know that the Grand Marquis, which shared most of its spec with Lincoln's Town & Country and Ford's Crown Vic, will outlast most of its owners. Sables are rebadged versions of the Ford Taurus, while going back some two decades Mercury's Villager was produced alongside Nissan's Quest. Despite its reputation as a dropped brand, a good used example is a viable consideration as a pre-owned prospect.


2011 Mercury Grand Marquis
MSRP:
$29,935
Engine:
4.6L V-8
MPG:
16 City / 24 HWY
2011 Mercury Mariner
MSRP:
$23,565
Engine:
2.5L I-4
MPG:
21 City / 28 HWY
2011 Mercury Mariner Hybrid
MSRP:
$30,115
Engine:
2.5L I-4
MPG:
34 City / 31 HWY
2011 Mercury Milan
MSRP:
$22,025
Engine:
2.5L I-4
MPG:
22 City / 31 HWY
2011 Mercury Milan Hybrid
MSRP:
$28,345
Engine:
2.5L I-4
MPG:
41 City / 36 HWY
2010 Mercury Grand Marquis
MSRP:
$29,810
Engine:
4.6L V-8
MPG:
16 City / 24 HWY
Junkyard Gem: 1970 Mercury Cougar

A first-generation Cougar (aka: the good one) now completely used up in Colorado.

A Ford Mustang under the skin, the 1967-1970 Cougar was the sportiest Mercury of its day. This ravaged '70, now residing in a Colorado wrecking yard, still shows a bit of its original glory.
The 007 Best James Bond Cars

On the 55th anniversary of the first Bond movie.

It's the 55th anniversary of the first James Bond film, Dr. No, so to celebrate here are our 007 Best James Bond Cars.?
Watch as an out-of-control car demolishes gas pump

This could have been a lot worse.

For Sale

2008 Mercury Milan
$6,500 / 48,099 miles / CA
2006 Mercury Milan
$5,995 / 122,804 miles / CA
2010 Mercury Milan
$6,862 / 104,682 miles / CA
West Virginia dog crashes owner's car into local Walmart

Turns out, a pair of dogs are not competent drivers.
Ford recalls 1.9m cars and crossovers for defective airbags

Yet another Takata recall, this time for passenger-side airbags.

Ford is recalling a total of 1,898,728 Ford Edge, Ford Fusion, Ford Mustang, Ford Ranger, Lincoln MKX and Lincoln MKZ, Zephyr and Mercury Milan vehicles.
Ford recalls 300,000 Crown Vics over lighting module

Ford issued a recall notice for some 300,000 Crown Victoria and Mercury Grand Marquis sedans to have the lighting control module replaced.
Ford recalls 382k vehicles across six campaigns

Ford is issuing six campaigns to bring in nearly 382,000 vehicles for repairs across North America. They include potential problems with the Windstar, F-150, Fusion, Taurus, and more.