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1996 Mercury Grand Marquis

  • 1996 Mercury Grand Marquis GS Sedan

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1996 Mercury Grand Marquis Review

Budget luxury with a few drawbacks.

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The 1996 Mercury Grand Marquis has long been the flagship and slow to change over time. In its second generation, it's a platform that’s been around since 1983. While it is essentially a twin of the Ford Crown Victoria, it does not do as well in the design or performance categories. The design is outdated overall, the engine is underpowered, and even though the transmission has been upgraded, it still lags. The room in the interior and the trunk are the greatest assets. It does not see much in the way of updates this year, and changes in engine and transmission only provides a very minimal performance upgrade.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 4.6-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Mercury Grand Marquis GS, Mercury Grand Marquis LS

What's New

The 1996 Mercury Grand Marquis gets very little in the way of upgrades. Underneath the hood is a new engine with a slight horsepower upgrade and a new transmission that is slightly more active than the previous one. The other changes are a new steering wheel, a new gas cap design, and the loss of power lumbar support in the passenger seat.


The 1996 Mercury Grand Marquis is dated, although there have been measures to upgrade it in recent years. The previous year’s facelift gave it a new front fascia and a new trunk lid, but it still looks rather old. The overall stance of the car is high and looks like it hasn’t been changed since the start of the model line in 1975.


The 1996 Mercury Grand Marquis gives plenty of room for five people to fit comfortably. The trunk is large enough to fit the luggage for a small family or a few weeks’ worth of groceries. The ride is quite soft and forgiving at the expense of handling, and the materials are slightly shoddy for a luxury car. Visibility is good thanks to the high roofline and plenty of glass.

Performance & Handling

The 1996 Mercury Grand Marquis has powerful V-8 engine, but the rest of the car overwhelms it. Weighing in at nearly two tons when empty and extremely long and wide, it struggles to get moving. It can cruise on the highway very capably, and the high stance makes the center of gravity a little higher than with many luxury sedans. This causes some sway issues in the handling, and the suspension fails to compensate with an overly mushy ride. It steers and handles like a long-wheelbase boat with a large steering radius.


The 1996 Mercury Grand Marquis comes standard with driver and passenger front airbags and has optional four-wheel anti-lock brakes. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has given it five stars in passenger and driver safety.

EPA Fuel Economy

Mercury Grand Marquis: 15/23 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Safety measures and rating
  • Decent value for the low price
  • Great interior and cargo room

You Won't Like

  • Outdated design
  • Underwhelming power
  • Mushy handling

Sum Up

Budget luxury with a few drawbacks.

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