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1996 Ford Crown Victoria Review
Lots of space, tons of power.
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While the majority of sales go to taxi companies and the police, the 1996 Ford Crown Victoria offers a lot of power with decent fuel economy. The large size helps make the Crown Victoria spacious and comfortable. Overall, with the Crown Victoria, Ford offers power, reliability, and a good bit of luxury for the price.
Engines: 4.6-liter V-8, 4.6-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Ford Crown Victoria, Ford Crown Victoria LX, Ford Crown Victoria S
For 1996, Ford replaces the gas cap and steering wheel in the Crown Victoria. Some optional equipment leaves the lineup, including the JBL audio system, the cargo net in the trunk, locking lug nuts for the optional alloy wheels, and the trailer-towing package. Additions for 1996 include an upgraded grille and sportier headlights. Wheels get a new style as well. Updates to the engine mean a better transmission and better steering action.
The exterior of the 1996 Crown Victoria looks large and bulky or spacious, depending on how you look at it. The paint job comes in over 30 color options, and tinted glass comes standard. Other standard exterior features include 15-inch wheels, power heated mirrors, and a rear window defroster. For the LX, options include alloy wheels and a keyless entry system.
The interior of the Ford Crown Victoria looks sleek and understated. Standard interior features include cloth seating, an AM/FM stereo, and air-conditioning. The 1996 Ford Crown Victoria S comes with vinyl seating. Interior options include an AM/FM/cassette stereo, power windows and locks, cruise control, and a lighted entry system. Still, its spaciousness remains the best feature of the interior.
Performance & Handling
The Crown Victoria comes standard with a powerful 190-hp, 4.6-liter V-8. Ford also offers a Crown Victoria that runs on natural gas instead of the typical unleaded fuel, which makes a great choice for those looking for an alternative fuel option. The LX offers the option of a self-leveling suspension for a smooth and improved ride. A performance and handling package also remains available. Acceleration in the 1996 Ford Crown Victoria remains strong and responsive. Overall, the ride stays quiet and the engine proves powerful.
The 1996 Ford Crown Victoria comes standard with passenger and driver airbags. The Crown Victoria LX and S come with the option of traction control and four-wheel anti-lock brakes. In crash tests by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Crown Victoria receives five out of five stars for passenger and driver safety. Overall, the Crown Victoria makes an excellent choice for safety.
EPA Fuel Economy
Ford Crown Victoria LX: 17/25 mpg city/highway
Ford Crown Victoria S: 17/25 mpg city/highway
- Low emissions
You Won't Like
- Poorly designed intake manifold
- Large size
Lots of space, tons of power.
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