1991 Mercury Capri


The Mercury Capri is an automobile vehicle produced by the Lincoln-Mercury Division. Technically the vehicle comes under the jurisdiction of Ford Motor Company. The vehicle has had three different series. The first-generation series included Capri and Capri II variants from the year 1970 to 1978. The second-generation series included special edition models and variants from the year 1984 to 1986. The latest in the series is the third-generation models from the year 1991 to 1994. The vehicle remains unchanged for the third generation. The 1991 Mercury Capri is our Subject today.

The 1991 Mercury Capri is the same as before. It is a two-door roadster vehicle that gives a tough competition to Mazda and Toyota. The vehicle is a captive import that was produced by Ford Australia and intended for American exports. So, it is one of the best options to get if you are living in the US. Just like its sibling competitor, the 1991 Mercury Capri shares similar features as of Mazda 323. As the vehicle was originally manufactured for the Australian market, there are a few changes in the vehicle’s specifications to cater for the American market. The major changes include non-metric gauges and a driver-side airbag.

The two-door convertible automobile Mercury Capri is available in two trim levels, both similar in body shape but different in the engine power they produce. The key features, specifications, and information regarding the exterior and interior of the vehicle are briefed below. Head down to take a look at all the available information before deciding whether the 1991 Mercury Capri is the best option to buy or not.

Basic Features

Engine Capacity1.5-Litre I4 or 1.6-Litre I4
Engine Power100 or 132 horsepower
Torque95 or 136 pound-feet
Fuel Mileage22 mpg in the city, 28 mpg on the highway, 24 mpg combined
Fuel Tank11.1 gallons
DrivetrainFront-Wheel Drive
Drive TransmissionFive-Speed Manual
Cargo Capacity6.2 cubic-feet
Available ColorsPlatinum, White, Indigo Blue, Dark Charcoal, Cardinal Red

These are some of the basic features of the 1991 Mercury Capri that is available in two trim levels. One is the basic feature i.e., the base trim which is a two-door convertible vehicle. The other is a powerful vehicle XR2, which is a turbocharged version. The basic difference between the two trims is the engine power. Both the trim levels are fast for its model and can go from 0 to 60 mph in less than 10 seconds. Both the trims have a seating capacity of four people, with foldable rear seats to access the trunk space.

1991 Mercury Capri

Owner Manual

The 1991 Mercury Capri Owners Manual covers the specs, operation, and routine maintenance of vehicle. Manuals for other years of the Mercury Capri are also available, and a range of Mercury Service Manual books for all different types of Mercury motor products.

First Look

The first look at a 1991 Mercury Capri is quite ravishing as the vehicle has a vintage look, mainly because it was manufactured in 1991. The hidden headlamps or pop-up headlights on the hood offer a unique vintage look that takes you back a few decades. The base trim of the vehicle is a two-door convertible with an optional hardtop. As lavish as the convertibles get, the Mercury Capri looks amazing without its hardtop. However, if you choose to get the optional hardtop, it is equipped with internal lighting and a rear window electric defroster. The taillights are a rectangular as they get, and offers a timeless exterior look.


Talking about the performance of a Mercury Capri, many users complain about the turbo lag in the turbocharged trim. Available in two trim levels, the base trim offers a 1.6-Litre I4 engine with a power of 100 horsepower. The XR2 trim is a slightly updated variant that has a turbocharged engine that offers a power of 132 horsepower and produces a torque of 136 pound-feet. The XR2 is turbocharged with the same engine as the base trim and allows the vehicle to go from 0 to 60 in 9.8 seconds.

The vehicle is a front-wheel drive, so the drivetrain is easier to handle in tricky situations. However, the same cannot be said when you take a fast turn. Similarly, its handling cannot approach the competitor models like a Miata or a Toyota MR2. Apart from the performance, the noise levels of a 1991 Mercury Capri are slightly higher than other models.

Convertible vehicles look trendy but they have their shortcomings. We can say the same for our two-door convertible Mercury Capri. The rear corners endure large blind spots when the convertible’s top is up. You can avoid these blind spots by keeping the top down. However, the weather is always not in your favor, so many times you are required to keep the top-up.

Trims and Price

The 1991 Mercury Capri is a two-door coupe, available in two trim levels: Capri two-door Coupe and Capri two-door Coupe XR2. Both the trims have a 4-cylinder gas engine and both the trims have almost the same basic features. The XR2 trim level is a sportier Mercury Capri.

The original price or MSRP of a 1991 Mercury Capri Coupe was $12,990. The original price or MSRP of a 1991 Mercury Capri Coupe XR2 was $15,920. The prices mentioned here are the original selling price when the vehicle was first launched in 1991. However, you can get the same vehicle for around $5,000.

You can get a used coupe or coupe XR2 from $5000 to $10000, based on the overall condition, the exterior, the engine, and the miles driven on the vehicle.

Exterior and Interior

The exterior of a 1991 Mercury Capri is the same as any other convertible. The vehicle has pop-up headlights, portraying a vintage look as many vehicles back then had hidden or pop-up headlamps. The base trim of a 1991 Mercury does not have a distinctive look. The front and rear antiroll bars are slightly thicker for the XR2 trim level.

The interior of the vehicle is the same as all other convertibles. It is roomy enough for 4 people. The drive and passenger seats are comfortable for both front-seat passengers, while the rear seats are tiny. The rear seats have a hard backrest and very little leg room, so you won’t be sitting comfortably back there. The dashboard has all the instruments and controls for an infotainment system. However, the plastic back window of the convertible is susceptible to scratches and wrinkles.


Our final verdict goes in the favor of a 1991 Mercury Capri, only if the buyer is interested in vintage convertibles. You can get a sedan of the same model year that offers luxury seating and powerful performance with an efficient fuel economy. However, if you want to go towards style and a more vintage look, then this 1991 Mercury Capri is the one for you.