The 2002 Lincoln Town Car comes from a long line of luxury fleet cars. While being a fleet car guarantees a certain amount of sales, it hurts its potential for luxury-car gravitas. It doesn’t handle especially well, and drives similar to an underpowered road yacht. The interior is nice and very spacious, with some luxury and features. However, the Town Car is hard to recommend, given some of the up-to-date, well-powered rivals with impressive handling and outstanding reputations.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 4.6-liter V-8
Models: Executive, Signature, Signature Touring, Premium Touring, Premium Signature, Cartier, Premium Cartier, Cartier L
The 2002 Town Car gets the option for a new Vehicle Communication System (VCS), which includes a portable hands-free, voice-activated Motorola Timeport analog-digital phone; SOS safety and security services; access to news, stock quotes and weather; and route guidance assistance.
The 2002 Lincoln Town Car is a luxury sedan with an array of trim levels: Executive, Signature, Signature Touring, Premium Touring, Premium Signature, Cartier, Premium Cartier, and Cartier L. Different trim models will add or deduct certain pieces of gear, but all are on the same powertrain/body set-up. The trim levels breakdown into three groups: Executive, Signature, and Cartier. All trims come with 16-inch alloy wheels, power door mirrors, heated door mirrors, a rear-window defroster, intermittent wipers, fully-automatic headlights, auto-leveling suspension, and four-wheel independent suspension. The Signature trims can add a touring suspension. Dual-exhaust is standard on Cartier trims and optional for Signature trims. High-intensity discharge headlights are optional for the Cartier trim. The Cartier and Signature trims can add an optional power moon roof. The Lincoln Town Car is one of the longer cars on the road, and the Cartier is even longer and somewhat hefty. Built on the same chassis as other Ford fleet cars, the Town Car is by far the biggest.
In the cabin, the 2002 Town Car Executive starts off with standard gear, including air-conditioning, automatic temperature control, power windows, speed control, remote keyless entry, adjustable pedals, an AM/FM stereo with cassette, leather upholstery, a power driver’s seat, and power steering. The Signature adds steering-wheel-mounted audio and climate controls, memory seats, a garage door transmitter, leather trim on the steering wheel, and a wood dashboard, plus the option for heated front seats. The Cartier includes heated front seats and the option for rear HVAC and heated rear seats. Stand-alone options for all trims include an emergency telecommunications system, a cell phone, a navigation system, an in-dash CD-player, and a remote CD-player.
Performance & Handling
The 2002 Lincoln Town Car uses a 4.6-liter, V-8 engine that produces 220 horsepower (hp) and 265 lb-ft of torque. All trims use the same four-speed automatic transmission. With a dual exhaust, the Cartier and Signature Touring get a boost up to 235 hp. This is one of the last big luxury American cars that use rear drive, so hone those bad-weather driving skills. This vehicle is designed for highway and urban cruising. The suspension is rather soft, so it's best to order the Signature Touring Sedan option if you are looking for a more thrilling ride. This package adds special trim, the 235-hp engine, revised suspension tuning, and a shorter axle ratio for better acceleration. However, handling is an issue and steering is rather light and numb. If buyers live anywhere that receives inclement weather, the traction control becomes a necessity – but be aware of the system, since it can kill power at the most inconvenient times. Most notable rivals offer a far better grip and much less body roll. The brakes work in short time for such a softly-sprung road yacht, but there is noticeable nosedive in abrupt stops. The ride is mostly comfortable, but there are some float-over bumps and the quiet interior can become noisy on certain highway surfaces.
For standard safety equipment, the 2002 Town Car comes with dual front-impact airbags, dual front side-mounted airbags, all-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with electronic brake force distribution, dusk-sensing headlamps, a front center lap belt, a rear center three-point belt, front and rear seatbelt pre-tensioners, and all-speed traction control. In NHTSA testing, the Town Car earned five-out-of-five stars for driver and passenger safety, and four stars for front and rear side-impact safety. The IIHS has not performed crash safety tests on this vehicle.
EPA Fuel Economy
Lincoln Town Car: 15/21 mpg city/highway
- Spacious interior
- Long wheelbase available
- Some trims offer solid handling
- Quiet ride
You Won't Like
- Interior material quality
- Trunk use difficulties
- Fleet car reputation prevents high-brow reputation
- Fuel economy
- Rear visibility
Almost an all-out luxury car.
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