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1991 Mercury Tracer Wagon Was A Solid Offering: Video

Those that grew up watching MotorWeek (or still do today) are undoubtedly pleased to see that TV’s original automotive magazine routinely serves up retro reviews via its YouTube channel, and thus far, we’ve been treated to a number of throwback Blue Oval clips. Those include retro reviews of the entire 1990 Ford lineup, the redesigned 1997 Ford F-150, the 1994 Ford Aspire, and the 1996 Ford Mustang Cobra convertible, to name just a few. Now, we have yet another fantastic old video to check out, this time reviewing the 1991 Mercury Tracer wagon.

1991 Mercury Tracer Wagon MotorWeek Retro Review - Interior 001

Funny enough, our host – John Davis – kicks things off by noting that at this period in time, wagons were making a comeback, which is interesting given the fact that this body style has basically gone extinct today, as least as it relates to domestic automakers. Regardless, the 1991 Mercury Tracer wagon was a solid offering at the time, given the fact that it sported more upscale Sable looks in a smaller and more affordable package.

1991 Mercury Tracer Wagon MotorWeek Retro Review - Exterior 002 - Rear Three Quarters

Davis notes that the Tracer offered up surprisingly abundant passenger and cargo space for a small wagon, with large and easy-to-read instrumentation, comfy seats, and adequate head and legroom. Power comes from the naturally-aspirated Ford 1.9L engine, which only managed to churn out 88 horsepower and 108 pound-feet of torque – paltry numbers by today’s standards that took a full 11.4 seconds to propel the wagon from 0-60.

Regardless, Davis notes that low-end torque is decent, and that the wagon handles quite well, too, though braking wasn’t as impressive as it took 143 feet to come to a complete stop from 60. However, with an affordable-at-the-time base price of $10,448 and solid fuel economy figures of 25 mph in the city and 31 on the highway, there was quite a bit to like here.

We’ll have more cool videos like this to share soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for 24/7 Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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