The 1998 Ford Crown Victoria serves as a rear-drive, full-size sedan introduced by Ford Motor Company in 1990. The Crown Victoria nameplate began on a two-door model manufactured by Ford during the mid-1950s. The current Crown Victoria earns recognition for its use in fleets, as taxicab cars, and as police interceptors.
The Crown Victoria shares a number of suspension components and the base Ford Panther platform with the Mercury Grand Marquis and the Lincoln Town Car. Along with its rebadged Lincoln and Mercury versions, the Crown Victoria remains the only full-frame, rear-drive, passenger sedan built in North America.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 4.6-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Ford Crown Victoria, Ford Crown Victoria S, Ford Crown Victoria LX
The 1998 Ford Crown Victoria gets revised front and rear styling once again. Moreover, the rear suspension gets revamped, and the base engine provides an extra 10 horsepower. The modified dual-exhaust engines offer an extra five horsepower as well.
The Crown Victoria drifts further away from the exterior styling of the Taurus-like 1992 model. The 1998 Ford Crown Victoria shares the same roofline as the Mercury Grand Marquis, but it also includes some distinctive features such as a rectangular grille and larger headlights up front.
The Crown Victoria sits on a wheelbase of 114.7 inches and reaches an overall length of 212 inches. It has a width of 78.2 inches and a total height of 56.8 inches.
The wide stance of the 1998 Ford Crown Victoria translates to a wide interior where three people can sit beside each other without any discomfort. The expansive front and rear seats, which can hold a total of six occupants, feel comfortable too. The only problem concerns the lack of lateral support for the driver’s seat.
The controls located the dash seem well-placed for easy handling and operation. Most of the controls work well, but the tiny horn buttons cause some annoyance. Visibility looks great all around the car thanks to the size of the windows.
The trunk of the 1998 Ford Crown Victoria seems quite large, facilitated by the large angle at which the trunk lid opens. On the downside, the large well at the center of the trunk floor causes some problems when people load heavy items inside.
Performance & Handling
The Ford Crown Victoria comes with only one engine, a 4.6-liter V-8. However, the exhaust system depends on the model, and it changes the output of the engine. The base exhaust system helps the V-8 engine deliver 190 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. The optional dual exhaust system boosts the engine’s rating to 215 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque.
The engine itself feels quite smooth and refined, and it delivers enough power to accelerate from a standstill quickly. This V-8 also provides enough power for quick and responsive highway passes. However, the midrange response of the engine remains sluggish, and the automatic transmission also seems a little problematic at such stages.
For a large sedan, the 1998 Ford Crown Victoria feels quite stable. It handles well, and the base suspension proves soft enough to absorb bumps but firm enough to keep the car from jittering.
The 1998 Ford Crown Victoria earns a perfect five-star rating for driver and passenger safety during frontal-impact tests conducted by the NHTSA.
EPA Fuel Economy
Ford Crown Victoria 4.6-liter V-8, automatic: 17/25 mpg city/highway
- Good acceleration
- Lots of cargo room
- Spacious interior
- High safety scores
You Won't Like
- Poor fuel economy
- Lack of steering feel
The Crown Victoria is the last of its kind.
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