Mercury Capri
 
  • Passenger airbag is added as standard equipment on all models.
  • All models received freshened exterior, (revised front lenses, side marker lights, rear center brake light, and tail light lenses).
  • R134 refrigerant now supplied for the A/C.
  • XR2 gets retuned sports suspension with stiffer springs and lowered front end, ball joints on the front anti-sway bar (instead of rubber bushings on N/A car and previous XR2's). XR2 gets faster steering ratio for more sports car like feel.
  • Black carpet & interior trim standard on both models. Black cloth standard on N/A, Black leather optional. Black leather is standard on XR2. Gray faced instrument cluster gauges. Headlights-up switch moved to center upper dash.
  • Power window switches moved to redesigned center console (with storage compartment and padded armrest). Power door locks optional on N/A, standard on XR2.
  • Both N/A and XR2 get new alloy wheels as standard. (N/A is 5 spoke 14", XR2 is 7 spoke 15")
  • XR2 "graphics" package - Redesigned XR2 decals in front of the rear wheel and a XR2 badge on the LH rear tail light assembly.
  • Redesigned front bumper. Both XR2 and N/A get word "C A P R I" embossed in rear bumper. Larger body-colored exterior mirrors for both models.
  • Ground effects (side skirts), new redesigned fog lamps and rear lip spoiler/wing for XR2.
  • Red and Grey body side rub accent trim on exterior, is replaced with body-colored (painted) trim.
  • Oval chrome exhaust tip on XR2 models.
  • Engine, drive train, exhaust and brakes, no changes and remains the same as previous years.

ConsumerGuide Test Evaluation of 1994 Capri

Acceleration is adequate with the base engine and a lot quicker with the turbocharged XR2. Sadly, the latter suffers from turbo lag and moderate "torque steer." Shift action with the 5-speed manual transmission is quick and sure, though short gearing makes both engines buzzy. Capri is nimble, though the nose will plow through a turn if you take it too fast. Handling cannot approach a Miata or Toyota's MR2, but front-wheel drive makes it easier to handle in tricky situations. The new sport suspension for the '94 XR2 sharpened its reflexes markedly. Noise levels are high whether the top is up or down. Tiny it is, but Capris do have a rear seat. All it amounts to, though, is a padded parcel shelf with a hard-upright backrest and very little leg room. Even small children are likely to be uncomfortable. Otherwise, the Capri's cabin is surprisingly wide and front-seat room is good. The interior has a rather high beltline and the driver faces a tall cowl. Instruments and controls are neatly arranged, on a dashboard that's straightforward but stodgy. A Capri's trunk can stow grocery bags standing up, and might hold a weekend's worth of luggage for a couple. With the convertible top up, you endure large blind spots to rear corners. Also, the plastic back window is prone to scratches and wrinkles.

ConsumerGuide Value for the Money 1994 Capri

All convertibles are beset with compromises, and Capri has its share. But if the price is right, it might not be a bad buy for fun-in-the-sun motoring.

ConsumerGuide Road Test Ratings 1994 Capri

Rated in seven key areas: Performance, Fuel Economy, Ride Comfort, Interior Noise, Passenger Room, Cargo Capacity, and Insurance Costs. These ratings are given taking into account the "world" of vehicles, not a vehicle's standing in a particular class. In the ratings table, "1" is the lowest rating and "5" is the highest rating.

1994 Mercury Capri XR2 Ratings
Performance4
Fuel Economy3
Ride Quality3
Quietness2
Interior Room2
Cargo Capacity2
Insurance Costs2
Total 18 (average 2.57)

 

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