...Impact harshness is not a term one can associate with a Contour SVT. This car filters out road imperfections without disrupting the finer points of communication between car and driver. The engine revs freely, accompanied by a throaty growl that pastes a big grin on the driver's face. Watch that rev limiter though, because the Contour SVT never feels like it's ready to give up as you rip through the gears on your way to a top speed of 143 mph. There are few items that we can complain about. The cupholders are no good at holding drinks when driving anywhere near as quickly as the Contour SVT...
...For 1999, Ford holds the line on the Contour's pricing, fiddles with the color chart, and offers all-speed traction control on V6 models. For some reason, they also drop the integrated child seat and 15-inch wheel covers from their options list. Ah, the price of decontenting. Since the Taurus SHO lost its stick in 1996, the Contour has served as Ford's sporty sedan. The good news for enthusiasts is that Ford has sent the already-competent Contour to its Special Vehicle Team for some high performance tuning. The result is the Contour SVT, and it has the ability to embarrass more than a few...
...The company would like to do better than that. The new Contour should help. 1999 Ford Contour SE Complaints: The air conditioner in the test car seemed to work best at the extremes, which usually meant uncomfortably chill. Raising the temperature produced mugginess. I drove a lot with the windows down. Praise: Excellent build quality. Good highway performance. Easy shifting. An overall pleasant driving experience. Ride, acceleration and han dlin g: High marks all around. The car is a spirited runner that doesn't work you to death. Handled well in numerous close urban encounters. Accelerated...