Crown Victoria is a sedan for traditional large-car buyers who seek the features offered in the American cars they grew up with - roominess, comfort, smooth ride, V-8 power and rear-wheel drive. Size, safety and dependability remain hallmarks, and Crown Victoria continues to earn the government’s highest five-star crash rating for the driver and front passenger.
The Ford Crown Victoria’s clean styling features wide door openings, large glass areas for good visibility, wraparound aerodynamic headlamps and standard foldaway remote-control power outside mirrors. The color-keyed body-side moldings help protect against parking-lot dings.
The LX Sport model has a monochromatic exterior. Body-color grille, bumpers, decklid applique and taillamp trim are standard with the Dark Toreador Red, Midnight Gray, Silver Birch and Black exterior colors.
The LX Sport interior includes front bucket seats with leather trim and a leather-wrapped handle on the gear selector located in the center console. The console includes large and small storage bins, a padded armrest and concealed power point. The console and rear armrest both offer dual cup holders.
Crown Victoria is powered by a 4.6-liter, single-overhead-cam V-8 engine that develops 224 horsepower at 4,800 rpm and 275 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm.
The optional Handling and Performance package, standard on the LX Sport, has a dual exhaust system that increases the engine’s performance to 239 horsepower at 4,900 rpm and 287 pound-feet of torque at 4,100 rpm. It also includes an uprated torque converter, monotube shocks, a rear stabilizer bar and rear air suspension.
Crown Victoria uses an electronically controlled four-speed automatic overdrive transmission.
Safety and Security
Since 1996, Crown Victoria has earned the U.S. government’s highest crash test rating – five-star – for driver and passenger frontal crash. Major contributors to Crown Victoria’s safety performance are a robust frame design, a large crumple zone and Ford Motor Company’s Personal Safety System™.
In government side crash testing, the Crown Victoria has earned front and rear four-star ratings. Seat-mounted side air bags for the front outboard seats are an available option.
Other safety features include BeltMinder™, child safety locks on the rear doors, LATCH, SmartLock™ and a glow-in-the-dark internal trunk release handle.
Laminated front side glass is available to provide extra security against "smash-and-grab" break-ins and thefts. It also reduces road and wind noise, improves protection from flying glass in a collision and filters out most of the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays, thus reducing heat buildup and interior fading.
Major Equipment and Options
Crown Victoria Standard: 4.6-liter, 224-hp V-8 engine, four-speed automatic overdrive transmission, P225/60R16 all-season BSW tires, full solar-tinted glass, dual front air bags, courtesy lamps, map pockets, power locks, power windows, air conditioning, AM/FM stereo with cassette, cloth eight-way power driver seat, tilt steering wheel and speed control.
LX adds: 16-inch alloy split-spoke wheels, AM/FM stereo with single CD, overhead console with compass, rear seat reading lamps and remote keyless entry.
LX Sport adds: Handling and Performance package, P235/55HR17 all-season BSW tires, 17-inch alloy five-spoke wheels, electronic climate control, AM/FM stereo with cassette and single CD, center console with concealed power point, floor shifter with leather-wrapped handle, auto-dim rearview mirror, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio and climate controls, five-passenger seating with leather eight-way power front seats with lumbar support and conventional spare tire.
The LX Premier Group adds: Electronic climate control, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio and climate controls, power passenger seat, power lumbar supports, auto-dimming rearview mirror, AM/FM stereo with cassette and single CD player.
Handling and Performance package (available on LX and standard on LX Sport) includes: 16-inch aluminum wheels (on LX) or 17-inch aluminum wheels (on LX Sport), revised springs and monotube shocks, rear heavy-duty stabilizer bar, rear load-leveling air suspension, dual exhaust, performance torque convertor and a 3.27:1 axle ratio.
Options include side air bags in front seats, all-speed traction control with electronic brake force distribution, six-disc CD changer, heated rearview mirrors, electronic instrumentation, laminated side glass, power adjustable pedals, full-size spare and a trunk organizer.