The 1999 Ford Crown Victoria is a full-size, rear-drive domestic-built sedan that was once perhaps the most commonly driven model on the American roads. However, over the decades zippy, economical Japanese compacts and expansive European luxury cars have steadily chipped away at the market share once commanded by such models.
By utilizing technology that dates back to the Nixon administration, Ford is able to keep the Crown Victoria’s price on the low side. This has helped to make the model a favorite for police departments and taxi companies. However, it's also a reasonable option for everyday drivers who are looking for a spacious ride but aren’t particularly interested in a minivan of a crossover SUV.
The Crown Victoria was given a major redesign in 1998, and the 1999 model boasts many of the changes that were implemented including a simplified options list, improved steering, better handling, and a number of exterior revisions. Anti-lock brakes have also been made standard.
Body Styles: full-size sedan
Engines: 4.6-liter V-8, 4.6-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Ford Crown Victoria Base, Ford Crown Victoria LX, Ford Crown Victoria S
Changes made to the Crown Victoria for 1999 include the introduction of anti-lock brakes on Base and LX models as well as a stereo with AM/FM/cassette. The exterior colors Medium Wedgewood Blue, Light Denim Blue, and Light Prairie Tan are no longer available, having been replaced by Deep Wedgewood Blue, Light Blue, and Harvest Gold.
The Crown Victoria was given a substantial redesign in 1998. Most of these changes carry over to the 1999 model including a more refined roofline, a slightly more prominent grille, revised rear styling and a new hood. However, when it's added up, it still pretty much resembles a police car or a taxi, especially if a ski rack is mounted on it. Standard features on the Base model include tinted glass, 16-inch wheels, and power exterior mirrors. Available extras for the Base model include keyless entry and alloy wheels. The LX has most of the features that the Base does, and it makes keyless entry standard as well. Available extras for the LX include alloy wheels.
The 1999 Ford Crown Victoria has a spacious interior that seats six. Additional interior features include 50/50-split bench seats, adjustable front headrests, six-way power driver seats, bench rear seats, premium cloth seat trim, available leather seat trim, and a simulated wood dashboard insert. Standard features on the Base model include rear window defroster, power window, power locks, and a stereo with a cassette player. Available extras for the Base model include a power driver’s seat.
The LX has most of the features that the Base does, and it makes a power driver’s seat standard as well. Available extras for the LX include CD changer, bucket seats, and leather seating.
Performance & Handling
The 1999 Ford Crown Victoria delivers a ride that is smooth and comfortable. If consumers are looking for performance, they might opt for the performance group package, which sees the addition of some extra horsepower and improvements to stability. The Watt’s Linkage rear suspension that was introduced the previous year gives it a more ridged rear axle, which is a great asset in terms of handling. Other new innovations in the performance department include the introduction of larger brake rotors and dual piston caliper, both of which help in terms of slowing the car down without it overheating.
Standard features on the Base model include cruise control, power steering, and tilt steering wheel. Available extras for the Base model include a 4.6-liter V-8. Available extras for the LX include a trip computer and self-leveling suspension.
Standard safety features for the 1999 Ford Crown Victoria include four-wheel ABS as well as driver and front passenger airbags. In passenger and driver side impact tests conducted by the NHTSA, the 1999 Crown Vic received a perfect five out of five star rating, while in side impact front and rear tests it received four stars. Standard features on the Base model include power brakes. Available extras for the Base model include traction control. Available extras for the LX include traction control.
EPA Fuel Economy
Ford Crown Victoria Base, LX, LX Sport: 15/22 mpg city/highway
Ford Crown Victoria NGV: 12/17 mpg city/highway
- Affordable price
- Resembles a police car
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An American-made full-size, rear-drive sedan as an alternative to a minivan or an SUV.
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