The Ford Crown Victoria, last made in 2011, is perfect for those who require a larger 4-door sedan packed with power under the hood. It has leg and elbow room that big guys appreciate, and ample trunk space for transporting a set of golf clubs or even a bunch of groceries. Through the years, the Crown Vic received several major overhauls to reduce its size and add safety features as they were developed, such as airbags and anti-lock brakes. The last few years of production, this classic body-on-frame constructed car was only sold for fleet use.
You can find used Ford Crown Victoria's in several styles. Long wheelbase versions became the standard of New York City cabs for the extra passenger and trunks space they provided. If you want some extra pizzazz, consider the 2008 Special Edition, outfitted with a new 3 bar grille, a Mercury Marauder spoiler, and chrome trim on the front bumper. A base version will save you some money, but the LX Sport version will give you more options and specs tweaked for performance.
If you want to take advantage of the latest upgrades, you can start your search with the 2003 model year, when the Crown Victoria was redesigned with hydroformed steel and both the front and rear suspension was overhauled. At last production, Ford offered 4 different trims, which ranged from the Standard - 100C to the LX Sport - 230B, both of which included a powerful 4-speed automatic transmission with overdrive. If you are searching for power on wheels, the Crown Victoria offers 17 inch styled steel wheels, live rear suspension, and automatic headlights.
Ford Crown Victoria Safety
Starting with the 2003 model year, all versions of the Ford Crown Victoria included optional head and torso side airbags, as well as standard side airbags. The inclusion of anti-lock brakes in 1992 added to the overall safety of the vehicle. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2011 Crown Vic a rating of “Good” rating for front collision "moderate overlap" but only a marginal rating for side impact and head restraint. Going back to 2008, without an optional side airbag side impact was rated Poor.
Noteworthy About the Ford Crown Victoria:
- The Crown Victoria is one of the few sedans that comfortably seats 6 passengers.
- The first Crown Victoria appeared in 1955 but it wasn't until 1992 when it became part of the LTD Ford line up.
- In 1980 it became 15 inches shorter than the original version, until the introduction of the long wheelbase version, which brought back the lengthier body.
The Ford Crown Victoria is the perfect choice when you are on the market for a more utilitarian full-sized car that maintains the power of a V8 engine but adds space and comfort for both front and rear passengers.