The first SUV boom caught all of the automakers by surprise, and there was a mad rush during the end of the decade to sell more SUVs. All of the features that the Mountaineer had were basically derived from the Ford Explorer, it was essentially a carbon copy. At least with the Escalade, GM tried to differentiate it a little bit from its humble origins. Not so much the case with the Mountaineer and the SUV remained a carbon copy of the Explorer for its entire product cycle. The first generation was increasingly sad, with limited appeal to the new generation of luxury SUV shoppers that were in the market for it.
Performance for the Mountaineer was originally derived from the same 5.0L V8 that could be found in the Ford Explorer. But as time went on, the SUV didn’t get any improvements over the Ford model. With the Lincoln, Navigator Ford marketed a different engine, the In-Tech V8 but the Mountaineer didn’t get this treatment. Likewise, the interior was identical to the Explorer save the Mercury stitching in the seats and badging. The Mountaineer was such a flop that you might have trouble finding someone who remembers it, but this has helped its resale value a little bit. Nevertheless, this is definitely a car that Ford regrets making at one point in time.