Mercury Tracer

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Mercury Tracer
1994-96 Mercury Tracer sedan
ManufacturerFord Motor Company
PredecessorMercury Lynx
SuccessorFord Focus (Mexico)
LayoutFF layout
ManualsService Manual

The Mercury Tracer is a compact car that was sold by the Mercury division of Ford Motor Company. It was based on the platform of the Mazda 323, replacing the European-derived Mercury Lynx. It is the Mercury version of the Ford Escort.


First generation
Mercury Tracer 3-Door
AssemblyHermosillo, Mexico
Hiroshima, Japan
Body style(s)3-door hatchback
4-door station wagon
5-door hatchback
Engine(s)1.6 L Mazda B6 I4
Transmission(s)5-speed manual
3-speed Mazda F3A automatic
Wheelbase94.7 in (2,410 mm)
LengthHatchback: 162.0 in (4,110 mm)
Wagon: 169.7 in (4310 mm)
Width65.2 in (1,660 mm)
HeightHatchback: 53.0 in (1,350 mm)
Wagon: 53.7 in (1364 mm)
RelatedFord Laser
Mazda 323

The Tracer was introduced in 1987 for the 1988 model year. It was a rebadged version of the Ford Laser model already sold in Asia and Australia, which was itself a restyled Mazda 323. The 5-door hatchbacks were built in Hermosillo, Mexico, and the 3-door hatchbacks were assembled (along with the Mazda 323) in Hiroshima, Japan. This was the only generation of the Mercury Tracer sold in Canada.


  • 1.6 L B6 I4, 82 horsepower (61 kW)/92 ft·lbf (125 N·m)


Second generation
1991-93 Mercury Tracer wagon
AssemblyHermosillo, Mexico
Body style(s)4-door sedan
4-door station wagon
Engine(s)1.9 L CVH I4
1.8 L Mazda B8 I4
Transmission(s)5-speed M5 manual
4-speed F-4EAT automatic
Wheelbase98.4 in (2500 mm)
LengthWagon: 171.3 in (4351 mm)
Sedan: 170.9 in (4341 mm)
Width66.7 in (1,690 mm)
HeightWagon: 52.7 in (1,340 mm)
Wagon: 53.6 in (1361 mm)
Curb weight2498 lb (1133 kg)
RelatedFord Escort
Mazda 323
Mazda Protegé

Ford replaced the hatchback-only Tracer in 1991 with a twin of the Ford Escort, based on the Mazda 323's B platform. The Tracer LTS (which used the more powerful 1.8L Mazda engine) was on Car and Driver magazine's Ten Best list for 1991.


  • 1.9 L (1,859 cc) CVH I4, 88 hp (66 kW) 108 ft·lbf (146 N·m)
  • 1.8 L (1,839 cc) BP I4, 127 hp (95 kW) 114 ft·lbf (154 N·m) LTS

Trim levels

Tracer sedan

  • base • 1991-1996
  • LTS • 1991-1996

Tracer wagon

  • base • 1991-1996


Third generation
Mercury Tracer sedan
AssemblyWayne, Michigan
Body style(s)4-door sedan
5-door station wagon
Engine(s)2.0 L SPI 2000 I4
Transmission(s)5-speed IB5 manual
4-speed F-4EAT automatic
Wheelbase98.4 in (2,500 mm)
LengthWagon: 172.7 in (4387 mm)
Sedan: 174.7 in (4,440 mm)
Width67.0 in (1,700 mm)
HeightSedan: 53.3 in (1,350 mm)
Wagon: 53.9 in (1369 mm)
RelatedFord Escort
Mazda Protegé
1997-1998 Mercury Tracer wagon

The Tracer and Escort were updated in 1997 with a redesigned exterior and interior, and a new engine. The platform remained the same as before.

The Tracer wagon largely retained the same body style, gaining only the new interior, front end & fascia, side-view mirrors, door handles, badging, and slightly restyled taillamps & reflectors.

All Tracer models were discontinued in 1999 along with the Escort wagon.

Trim levels were base (sometimes called GS) and LS, and there was also a Trio appearance package as well (as with the 91-96 model), sold between 1998 and 1999. The LS was the luxury model, offering some options not common in a compact model such as leather interior, key-less entry, power windows/door locks, etc. LS models also had tachometers, alloy wheels, etc. that were not on the base model.

Trim levels

Tracer sedan

  • GS • 1997-1999
  • LS • 1997-1999

Tracer wagon

  • LS • 1997-1999


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