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2000 Mercury Grand Marquis Review
Luxury at a bargain.
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The 2000 Mercury Grand Marquis is a vehicle that seems to buck market trends. It is a classic rear drive V-8 that is full of power but bad on fuel economy. However, it serves its purpose. It isn’t without its modern innovations. There are lots of standard features and plenty of optional features available. New safety features keep drivers and their passengers safe.
Engines: 4.6-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Mercury Grand Marquis GS, Mercury Grand Marquis LS
The 2000 Mercury Grand Marquis receives several new safety features, including an emergency trunk release, child-seat anchors, and a seat belt reminder system. A new trim color called Dark Charcoal is available for the interior. A new exterior color, Tropic Green, is also available. A Grand Marquis Limited edition is offered late in 2000.
The 2000 Mercury Grand Marquis is a big sedan, measuring in at 212 inches overall. The wheelbase is a staggering 114.7 inches. It has a lot of the same exterior features as the Ford Crown Victoria; the main difference being the grilles, tail lamps, and some exterior trim. The shape makes it very boxy and not that aerodynamic due for the V-8, otherwise the 0.37 drag coefficient might cause some acceleration problems. The drag does cause a bit of a drop in the fuel economy. Standard features on the GS include 16-inch wheels, automatic on/off headlamps, and style.
The 2000 Mercury Grand Marquis has enough space for six passengers. The interior is very wide, giving you plenty of room to sprawl out on the large bench seats. Unfortunately, middle passengers do need to sit over a large driveshaft tunnel that extends the length of the vehicle. This can prove to be a bit uncomfortable for those passengers with long legs. The front bench has a folding armrest for those interested in a little extra comfort. Trunk volume is hug, measuring in at 20.6 cubic feet. Unfortunately, a lot of the trunk space is deep, making loading and unloading large and heavy items a bit unpleasant. It does come with wide doors that make getting in and out of the vehicle very pleasant. Standard features on the base GS model include power heated mirrors, a lighted entry system, tinted glass, cloth seating, a front split bench seat, power driver’s seat, cruise control, power steering, remote trunk release, tilt steering wheel, air-conditioning, power windows, power locks, and an AM/FM cassette player. Optional features include keyless entry, and a CD player. The LS has standard keyless entry and a plethora of optional features.
Performance & Handling
The 2000 Mercury Grand Marquis comes equipped with a 4.6-liter, V-8 engine that produces 200 horsepower. A dual-exhaust version that produces an extra 15 horsepower is also available. The vehicle comes equipped with a four-speed automatic transmission system. The extra horsepower comes as a part of the optional handling package available for the vehicle. This handling package also offers larger 16-inch wheels, a higher rear-wheel axle ratio, a larger diameter front and rear stabilizer, and rear air springs. We’d suggest looking out for a Mercury Grand Marquis that has the handling package equipped. Those vehicles without tend to have a soft steering and handling feel that greatly reduces the pleasure of driving this V-8 vehicle. You even get automatic load leveling as part of the package. The V-8 engine, paired with the rear-wheel drive, gives the Mercury Grand Marquis a great on-the-road feel. Acceleration is smooth, and the four-speed automatic handles itself brilliantly. For the price, you’d expect a lot less.
The 2000 Mercury Grand Marquis comes equipped with driver and passenger front airbags. The NHTSA gave five out of five stars for front passenger and driver safety in its crash test. It also received four out of five stars for side impacts to the front and the rear. The IIHS did not provide crash tests results.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Rear drive
- V-8 engine
You Won't Like
- Needs refinement
- Terrible ride quality without handling package
Luxury at a bargain.
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