Research 1996 Mercury Cougar specs for the trims available. Choose the desired trim / style from the dropdown list to see the corresponding specs.

XR7 2dr Coupe XR7


Brake ABS System
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
Brake Type Power
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.1 x 0.71
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) Yes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) 9.8 x 1.8
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.8 x 1.02
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel

Cargo Area Dimensions

Trunk Volume (ft³) 15.1

Cooling System

Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 14.0
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 10.8


Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 650
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 540
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 130


Engine Type Gas V6
Displacement 4.6L/281
Displacement 3.8L/232
Fuel System SEFI
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 205 @ 4250
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 145 @ 4000
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 280 @ 3000
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 215 @ 2750
Engine Order Code 99W
Engine Order Code 994
Engine Type Gas V8

Exterior Dimensions

Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 72.7
Liftover Height (in) 24.4
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.4
Track Width, Rear (in) 60.2
Track Width, Front (in) 61.6
Height, Overall (in) 52.5
Length, Overall (in) 199.9
Wheelbase (in) 113.0

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 18.0

Interior Dimensions

Front Leg Room (in) 42.5
Front Shoulder Room (in) 59.1
Passenger Volume (ft³) 102.1
Front Hip Room (in) 55.6
Front Head Room (in) 38.1
Second Leg Room (in) 36.5
Second Shoulder Room (in) 58.9
Second Hip Room (in) 56.6
Passenger Capacity 5
Second Head Room (in) 37.6


EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 19
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 17


Steering Type Power Rack & Pinion
Steering Type Variable Assist Power Rack & Pinion
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 36.6
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.75
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 14.1


Vehicle Name Mercury Cougar
Body Style 2 Door Coupe XR7


Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs
Suspension Type - Front Short Long Arm
Suspension Type - Rear Independent H-arm
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) 1.04
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) 0.91
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 1.06
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) 30.2
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) 30.2


Rear Tire Size P215/70R15
Front Tire Size P215/70R15
Spare Tire Order Code
Rear Tire Order Code T37
Front Tire Order Code T37
Spare Tire Size T125/90R15


Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 2000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 200
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 2000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 200


Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1) 2.32
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.70
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.56
First Gear Ratio (:1) 2.84
Trans Description Cont. Again Electronic
Trans Description Cont. Automatic w/OD,
Trans Type 4
Trans Order Code 44L
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.27
Clutch Size (in)


EPA Classification Mid-Size

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3687
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3559


Spare Wheel Size (in) 15 x 4
Rear Wheel Size (in) 15 x 6.5
Rear Wheel Material Chrome
Front Wheel Material Aluminum
Front Wheel Size (in) 15 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material Chrome
Spare Wheel Material Steel
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum