The American sedan market used to be dominated by large, spacious vehicles with large, powerful engines. Over time, these designs have given way to smaller, more fuel efficient, and cheaper front-drive sedans. The 1997 Mercury Grand Marquis marks one of the few traditional sedans still on the market.
In some respect, the Mercury Grand Marquis resembles a modern luxury sedan. The interior space and engine size seem similar to that class of vehicle. However, while the Grand Marquis does not have the high-end accoutrements of a luxury sedan, it also costs little more than an average sedan. Fully loaded, the Grand Marquis even beats some of its smaller rivals in price.
The only major sticking point for potential buyers provides the same reason the larger American style sedan is so uncommon. Compared to the smaller, more modern style sedans, the Mercury Grand Marquis costs slightly more, has poor fuel economy, and seems a little awkward to handle due to its large size. However, the amount these actually constitute flaws varies between drivers.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 4.6-liter eight-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Mercury Grand Marquis GS, Mercury Grand Marquis LS
The 1997 Mercury Grand Marquis receives improved steering and some additional color options. The optional handling package now includes rear air suspension.
The 1997 Mercury Grand Marquis classifies as a sedan, measuring 211.8 inches long and sitting on a wheelbase of 114.4 inches. The Grand Marquis represents one of the largest sedans on the market, although its size seems fairly average among the few rear-drive sedans still based on the older American designs. Power heated mirrors come standard while alloy wheels and keyless entry only join as options.
The Grand Marquis has one of the largest, most spacious interiors available in a sedan. The 1997 Mercury Grand Marquis comes equipped with power seats, air-conditioning, and a cassette player as standard equipment. Cruise control provides an optional feature.
Performance & Handling
The Mercury Grand Marquis contains a powerful eight-cylinder engine that provides good acceleration for a vehicle of this size. The handling remains fairly average, but for a sedan this large, it proves better than many expects. Overall, the 1997 Mercury Grand Marquis offers a comfortable drive and good control. It seems less responsive than some of the smaller sedans on the market, but it accomplishes its mission by providing a smooth ride.
The 1997 Mercury Grand Marquis comes equipped with dual front airbags. Traction control provides an option feature on the Grand Marquis GS and comes standard on the Grand Marquis LS.
EPA Fuel Economy
Mercury Grand Marquis: 15/23 mpg city/highway
- Rear drive
- Few other options for traditional American sedans
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