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1997 Ford Crown Victoria Review
A great American flagship.
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The 1997 Ford Crown Victoria, often referred to as the Crown Vic, classifies as a rear-drive, full-size sedan. It comes from a rich history, having debuted in 1955 as a six-seat, two-door coupe. A completely redesigned Crown Victoria sedan debuted for the 1992 model year. Ford remains the only American manufacturer producing a full-size, rear-drive sedan. The manufacturer has managed to keep production costs, and the Crown Victoria’s overall price, low. The Crown Victoria serves as a popular fleet vehicle, commonly used by taxi companies and as a police car. It also makes a popular choice for anyone who needs space and towing capability with no interest whatsoever in purchasing a pickup truck or minivan.
The Crown Victoria comes in a base and LX trim. Environmentally conscious folks may consider the Crown Vic’s optional natural gas engine a selling point, notwithstanding the fact that this engine comes at a price. This natural gas engine represents the most environmentally friendly engine available in the U.S. market.
Engines: 190-hp 4.6-liter V-8 (natural gas), 190-hp 4.6-liter V-8, 210-hp 4.6-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Ford Crown Victoria, Ford Crown Victoria LX
The 1997 Ford Crown Victoria makes power steering enhancements, rear suspension improvements, and several exterior color changes.
The Crown Victoria measures 212 inches long, 77.8 inches wide, and 56.8 inches tall. It rides on a 114.4-inch wheelbase with standard 15-inch tires. The Crown Vic has body-colored front and back bumpers. Power mirrors adjoin both the driver and passenger doors. Heat-reflective glass keeps the sedan’s interior temperature cool and comfortable on hot sunny days. Tinted window glass provides a level of privacy to anyone inside the car. The 1997 Ford Crown Victoria has recirculating ball steering with a 40.3-foot steering radius.
The 1997 Ford Crown Victoria comes standard with air-conditioning, a four-speaker AM/FM audio system with a cassette player, and a power-adjustable front seat. The seating inside feels incredibly comfortable. It comfortably seats up to six people. Front headroom measures 39.4 inches, while rear headroom totals 38 inches. Legroom up front reaches 42.5 inches, while the back-seat legroom measures 39.6 inches. The Crown Victoria comes standard with cloth seating. Leather seats remain optional. The dashboard has a wood grain trim and automatically shows the drive indicator.
Performance & Handling
The Crown Victoria’s ride feels very comfortable. The 1997 Ford Crown Victoria handles and performs better than ever. The Vic accelerates nicely for an engine with just 190 hp. The car may be best suited for driving back country roads rather than highways. Road noise remains minimal and the car rides smoothly.
The 1997 Ford Crown Victoria comes standard with driver and passenger front airbags. NHTSA crash tests give the Crown Victoria a stellar five stars for driver and passenger safety in frontal-impact crashes. It also receives four stars for front and rear safety performance in side-impact collisions.
EPA Fuel Economy
Ford Crown Victoria LX: 17/25 mpg city/highway
- Spacious interior
- Very nice seats
- Plenty of power
- Smooth ride
- Good acceleration
You Won't Like
- Back-seat legroom
- Dated interior
- Dated design
A great American flagship.
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