The Mercury Topaz was Mercury's counterpart of the Ford Tempo.
In the early '90s, the Topaz started off as a 2-door coupe (in GS and XR5 models) and a 4-door sedan (in GS, LS, and LTS models).
The Topaz models were now given 3.0-liter V6 engines.
Only the GS remained for both the 2-door coupe and 4-door sedan for the Topaz's last two years.
CFC-free air conditioning was received for the last model year of the Mercury Topaz, before the Mystique replaced it.
Mercury's all-new front-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, midsize 4-door sedans debut with two new engines and transmissions. A "global car", a vehicle that could be built and sold on both sides of the Atlantic or in Asia, the Mystique is available in base GS and uplevel LS trim, and competes against Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Dodge Stratus, Chevy Lumina, Nissan Altima and Ford Contour.
Standard engine is the Zetec 2.0-liter dohc 4-cylinder that produces 125 horsepower. The optional engine is the 170-horsepower 2.5-liter Duratec V6, one of the smallest and lightest engines for its size, that comes with platinum-tipped sparkplugs. Simple routine maintenance is all that's required for 100,000 miles.
Either of two transmissions, a 5-speed manual or the small and lightweight 4-speed automatic, can be had with either engine.
The V6 option also gets you disc brakes at all four corners, larger tires (on the base GS) and a sport-tuned handling suspension. The option also includes antilock brakes, all-speed traction control, air conditioning, 10-way power driver's seat (on GS), leather seats (on LS), 14-in. alloy wheels (on GS), and a premium audio package.
All Mystiques come with dual airbags, full analog instrumentation, a 60/40 fold-down rear seat and a MicronAir system that filters passenger-compartment air, removing particles as small as 3 microns.
The Quadralink independent rear suspension has passive rear wheel steering, providing increased toe-in for increased stability in turns.
As of July 20, 1994:
- $13,855 (1995 Mercury Mystique GS)
- $15,230 (1995 Mercury Mystique LS)
As of October 1, 1995:
- $14,330 (1996 Mercury Mystique GS)
- $15,705 (1996 Mercury Mystique LS)
- $495 (early 1995 models)
- $510 (1995 models)