The Ford Crown Victoria is among the last traditional full-size six-passenger sedans. Because it has tons of room, comfort, and at an affordable price, it is a favorite with police departments and taxi cab drivers.
It has a rear drive and a big 4.6-liter, V-8 engine that produces 224 horsepower and 272 lb-ft or torque. In addition, it is available in a base, the LX, and LX Sport models. One of the options is a speed traction control with the anti-lock braking system and throttle intervention to maintain wheel spin. The LX Sport has a more potent 239 horsepower version of the V-8 in addition to a dual exhaust system as standard equipment.
Body Styles: four-door sedan
Engines: 4.6-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Ford Crown Victoria base, Ford Crown Victoria LX, Ford Crown Victoria LX Sport
There have been numerous upgrades to the Crown Victoria since its debut in 1975 such as a full perimeter frame and major improvements in safety, comfort, ride, steering, and handling. The previous recirculating ball system is replaced with rack and pinion steering decreasing the turning circle by one foot. However, with the exception of a new color, very little is changed in 2005.
This is a conservative car with solid lines making for a handsome appearance. It is one of those cars that will still look the same 10 years down the road. It has wrap-around aero headlight, body color moldings, and wide door openings. It rides on a 114.7-inch wheelbase, it is 212 inches long, and is 58.3 inches tall.
The standard wheels are 16 inches on the LX, and 17-inch aluminum wheels are standard on the LX Sport. Available as an option are rear air springs.
The Crown Victoria holds five or six passengers depending on the choice between a front bench seat and bucket seats. Bench seats are standard on the Standard and LX. Also standard is an overhead console on the LX and LX Sport models. The trunk has 20.6 cubic feet of space.
Standard convenience features include air-conditioning, a tilt steering wheel, cruise control, a cassette stereo and power locks, windows, and mirrors. A door mounted keyless entry pad is on all but the base model. The LX model adds a remote keyless entry and a CD stereo. In addition, the LX Sport adds a cassette/CD combo stereo, a floor mounted gearshift, electronic climate control, and a full-length center console.
Performance & Handling
The 2005 Crown Victoria is one of the few cars left with rear drive that maintains a reasonable price. This car offers a pleasing driving experience and a smooth ride.
It is not what you would describe as fast, but it is fast enough for most people. It goes from zero to 60 in 8.4 to 8.7 seconds, depending on which axle is equipped. If more speed is desired, there is an available Paxton or Vortech supercharger kit that will enhance performance.
Considering its size, the Crown Victoria handles well. It has heavy steering and the car stays straight and true. The interior is incredibly comfortable, and the space is massive as is the huge wide bench seats allowing three passengers with ease. The ride is amazingly smooth and quiet. Because the frame is isolated from the frame by rubber body cushions, the largest of potholes are barely felt.
This car is overwhelmingly chosen by police departments and cab services. The extremely soft and comfortable seats can be sat in for hours without discomfort. It can also take tons of punishment without falling apart for countless miles.
Standard safety features are anti-lock brakes with brake-force distribution and a dual rate brake booster that applies full braking power automatically in a panic stop. Side impact airbags are optional.
It is further loaded with safety equipment including an anti-theft alarm system, ventilated front disc and solid rear disc brakes, and engine immoblizer. Also standard are auto delay and dusk sensing headlights and emergency interior trunk release.
The NHTSA crash test ratings are five out of five stars for front passenger and driver protection, also five stars for side rear seat protection, four stars for side front seat protection, and five stars for rollover resistance. The IIHS crash test gives a ?good? rating which is the highest rating for overall protection.
EPA Fuel Economy
Ford Crown Victoria: 16/23 mpg city/highway
- Rear drive performance
- Low price
- Comfortable and quiet ride
- Standard anti-lock brakes
- Seats six comfortably
- Excellent crash test results
You Won't Like
- Difficult to park due to the large size
- Dated interior style
A very large, comfortable car with a quiet ride and a reasonable price although somewhat outdated.
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