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2001 Ford Crown Victoria Review
A classic piece of Americana.
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Decades ago, before gasoline prices started to increase significantly, the standard American sedan was a large, powerful, rear-drive sedan. Over time, smaller, more fuel efficient, cheaper, front-wheel-drive sedans have taken over most of the market. However, the Ford Crown Victoria is still one of the holdouts remaining on the market. With an eight-cylinder engine, massive interior, and rear drive, the Crown Victoria is one of the few true American sedans left on the market.
Despite the older design consideration, the Ford Crown Victoria is a well built, modern vehicle. The excellent performance and comfort has made in a common sight in commercial fleets, taxi services, and police departments. Some of these commercial vehicles are modified designs not available to the general public, but the core design of these vehicles is still the same. The Crown Victoria offers drivers a comfortable, stylish, powerful vehicle. It does cost a bit more to own and operate due to the weaker fuel economy, but the added luxury of the Crown Victoria is enough to justify this for some drivers.
Engines: 4.6-liter eight-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Ford Crown Victoria, Ford Crown Victoria LX
The 2001 Ford Crown Victoria’s engine is increased in total horsepower. Safety is improved with some redesigns to the built in systems to affect the vehicle’s response during a crash situation.
The Ford Crown Victoria is a four-door sedan with a fairly angular styling. At 212 inches long, it is larger than most other sedans on the market. It has a tasteful amount of ornamentation, which sets it somewhere between a mid-price sedan and a luxury sedan, even on the lower models. The Ford Crown Victoria is regularly used as a police cruiser, so some drivers may subconsciously make the association without thinking about it.
The 2001 Crown Victoria varies between the two models. The Crown Victoria base model has a typical interior that ranges somewhere been a mid-price and near-luxury sedan. The Crown Victoria LX has features like remote keyless entry and electronic climate control as standard features, which makes it more typical of a near-luxury sedan. Most optional features are only available on the Crown Victoria LX, so it is not possible to bridge the gap between the models with optional features.
Performance & Handling
The 2001 Ford Crown Victoria offers excellent performance, which is why it is so commonly used as a fleet vehicle and police cruiser. The eight-cylinder engine gives it far more power and higher acceleration than most other sedans on the market while still being easily controllable by the driver. The handling and maneuverability are also above average, even compared to smaller sedans. However, the large size of the Crown Victoria can be awkward. At 212 inches long, the Crown Victoria is at least a foot longer than most models on the market. Parking and some close maneuvering can feel a little bit off because of the extra length of the body. With practice, the extra length does not pose a huge issue, but it is awkward for drivers used to other vehicles.
The 2001 Ford Crown Victoria is one of the safest vehicles on the market, thanks to the built in safety features and redesigns made to the 2001 model. Dual front airbags and anti-lock brakes are standard features on all models with traction control as an optional feature. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) awarded the Ford Crown Victoria the highest five-star rating in front collisions, side collisions, and rollover tests.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Spacious cabin for a sedan
- Huge trunk
- One of the last rear-drive sedans still available
- Wide range of models
You Won't Like
- Weak fuel economy
- Rear-drive might seem awkward for some drivers
A classic piece of Americana.
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