Ford remains the lone manufacturer of rear-drive American sedans. The essential body design dates back to 1979 with the Ford LTD. Buyers for police departments and taxi companies favor the 2002 Ford Crown Victoria. Drivers who want space and not a minivan or SUV choose the Crown Victoria.
The American coupe, station wagon, and full-size sedan once made a familiar sight. However, large domestic wagons and coupes have disappeared, leaving the Crown Vic as one of the few big U.S. sedans. SUVs, light trucks, and minivans replace the station wagon. Large two-door coupes do not seem practical; most drivers want large four-door vehicles.
The Crown Victoria offers more value than most midsize or compact cars sold at local dealerships. It comes with luxury features such as leather interiors and electronic everything. All models have climate control that usually only comes on the LX Sport and LX.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 4.6-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Ford Crown Victoria, Ford Crown Victoria LX, Ford Crown Victoria LX Sport
An LX Sport debuts for 2002. Regular Crown Victoria trim levels receive automatic-dimming rear-view mirrors. Power pedals, heated mirrors, anti-lock brakes, floor mats, alloy wheels, and controls on the steering wheel now come standard on the LX. The LX and LX Sport receive trunk storage as an optional feature. All Crown Victorias receive upgraded cup holders and improved cloth upholstery.
The conventionally tailored 2002 Ford Crown Victoria rests on 114.7-inch wheelbase. It stretches out to 212 inches long, a foot more than the Buick LeSabre. It measures 78.2 inches wide and stands 56.8 inches tall. The LX Sport has body-colored bumpers and grille, 17-inch tires, alloy wheels, a rear suspension, and revised components. A stiffer frame has hydro-formed rails in front. It lets the suspension work better, improving the ride and handling. In addition, it reduces vibration and transmission noise.
The Crown Victoria holds six passengers, with bench seating in the back and front. The split-bench seat in front includes a folding armrest. Middle passengers of both seats have to straddle the driveshaft tunnel, making this position less comfortable than the outboard passenger seats. Power-adjustable pedals remain optional with a range of three inches.
Standard features on the 2002 Ford Crown Victoria include climate control and steering-wheel audio. Wide, tall doors permit easy exit and entry. The five-passenger Crown Victoria Sport LX has a gearshift on the floor instead of a column lever. Its trunk area totals 20.6 cubic feet, but much of that space seems awkward to reach.
Performance & Handling
The Crown Victoria has always been aggressive when it comes to horsepower and acceleration. A 4.6-liter V-8 standard engine makes 220 hp and 265 lb-ft torque. The automatic four-speed transmission remains the only available option. If you choose the LX Sport, its motor makes 235 hp and 276 lb-ft torque, giving it a shorter axle ratio. For shoppers who like a large interior, the Crown Victoria has an attraction that modern sedans cannot equal. Several front-drive sedans provide the same space but offer more contemporary styling. The performance compares to their V-6 engines.
In base trim, the Crown Victoria handles and drives well. It offers a comfortable ride, going over bumps effortlessly. Buy an LX Sport for a better grip and controlled ride. On the other hand, outfit the LX with a performance package that improves its stability in the turns. The LX Sport suits anyone who enjoys a family vacation driving the backcountry roads rather than wearisome interstates.
Side airbags remain unavailable but traction control and anti-lock brakes provide options for the 2002 Ford Crown Victoria. Automatic headlights switch on when activating the windshield wipers. Front airbags open according to whether occupants buckled their belts, seating position, and crash severity. The Crown Victoria earns good ratings in crash tests even without side airbags.
EPA Fuel Economy
Ford Crown Victoria Base: 15/23 mpg city/highway
Ford Crown Victoria LX: 15/23 mpg city/highway
Ford Crown Victoria LX Sport: 15/23 mpg city/highway
- Excellent test scores
- Comfy ride
- Safety improvements
- Better handling
You Won't Like
- Police car similarity
- Difficult to maneuver and park
- Aged design
- Long reach to controls
- Seats lack support
A traditional, full-size sedan that appeals to fans in a sentimental sort of way.
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