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2004 Ford Crown Victoria Review
A large sedan and popular fleet vehicle.
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The 2004 Ford Crown Victoria stems from a model that appeared in 1955 as a two-door, six-seat coupe. It gets its name from the appearance of wearing a crown—the stainless steel band that trims the roofline.
The 2004 Ford Crown Victoria falls in the second generation. It receives an updated layout and other interior and exterior improvements. Ford gives it a 4.6-liter, V-8, single overhead cam (SOHC) engine. Over the years, this car has become a favorite of many government and police departments because it offers plenty of interior room and a lot of value.
Engines: 4.6-liter V-8
Models: Ford Crown Victoria, Ford Crown Victoria LX, Ford Crown Victoria LX Sport, Ford Crown Victoria NGV
The 2004 Ford Crown Victoria loses its chrome trim from the door handles and bumpers. Ford adds a mini-spare tire in lieu of a full-size one, laminated glass on the side windows, and optional heated mirrors. The LX model loses the power passenger seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and automatic dimming rear-view mirror, but these features can be added with the purchase of the LX Premier Group Package.
The standard exterior features of the 2004 Ford Crown Victoria include 16-inch steel wheels, intermittent windshield wipers, remote power door locks, a chrome grille, power mirrors, and a rear defogger. The LX trim adds privacy glass. The exterior standard features for the NGV mirror the base model.
The interior standard features for the 2004 Ford Crown Victoria include eight-way power heated front seats with power-adjustable lumbar support, cloth upholstery, split bench front seats, a folding center armrest, cruise control, 12V front power outlets, a tilt steering wheel, speed-sensing power steering, and a four-speaker stereo system. The LX trim adds an eight-way power passenger seat with height adjustment, a compass, and a four-speaker stereo with an in-dash CD player. The LX trim adds climate control and steering-wheel-mounted audio controls.
The interior feels spacious, with room for up to six passengers. Since the soft seats are bench seats, they provide no support during turns. While the model offers room for six adult passengers, foot room for the center passengers in the front and the rear may feel cramped as the center also marks the location of the center driveshaft tunnel.
Performance & Handling
The 2004 Ford Crown Victoria gets power from a 4.6-liter, single overhead cam (SOHC), V-8 engine that produces 224 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque. It uses rear drive and a four-speed automatic transmission. The automatic provides the only transmission option for this model. The LX Sport trim has a more powerful engine, a 4.6-liter V-8 that produces 239 horsepower and 276 lb-ft of torque.
This car displays smooth acceleration while driving around town. However, it shows some lag time when trying to merge or pass other cars on the highway. The suspension feels soft and absorbs bumps, but it has a floating feeling when driving over wavy roads. The firmer suspension jars when driving over pavement with a lot of sharp bumps that sit close together, but it is does not take much away from the overall ride experience. The steering feels accurate, but the handling suffers in sharp turns because of the weight of the car. The brakes are strong, but the vehicle experiences significant nose diving during hard braking.
The standard safety features of the 2004 Ford Crown Victoria include ventilated front disc and solid rear axle disc brakes, four-wheel ABS, driver and front passenger airbags, a remote anti-theft alarm system, automatic dusk-sensing delay-off headlights, electronic brake force distribution, fog lights, and an emergency interior trunk release. Side curtain airbags and traction control remain optional on all models except the base.
EPA Fuel Economy
Ford Crown Victoria LX: 15/23 mpg city/highway
Ford Crown Victoria LX Sport: 15/23 mpg city/highway
Ford Crown Victoria NGV: 12/17 mpg city/highway
- Good performance with rear drive
- Room for up to six passengers
- Comfortable ride
You Won't Like
- Large size makes it cumbersome to maneuver and park
- Plain, dated interior
- Mediocre fuel economy
A large sedan and popular fleet vehicle.
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