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2001 Mercury Grand Marquis

  • 2001 Mercury Grand Marquis GS Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      25
    • SEATS
      6
    • HP/TORQUE
      220/265
    • ENGINE
      4.6L V8
    • MSRP
      $23,105
  • 2001 Mercury Grand Marquis LS Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      25
    • SEATS
      6
    • HP/TORQUE
      220/265
    • ENGINE
      4.6L V8
    • MSRP
      $25,005
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2001 Mercury Grand Marquis Review

Power and luxury at an affordable price, but the exterior makes you feel like a grandfather.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The 2001 Mercury Grand Marquis has a reputation as a grandpa's car. A quick look at the exterior and a lot of younger drivers recoil from its lack of cool. But buyers who can look beyond those aesthetics might find a luxurious sedan that they can actually afford.

The Grand Marquis has a V-8 engine that gives you 220 hp. It includes plenty of standard features that buyers like, not to mention optional features that really make this a luxury sedan.

If you don't want to spend enough money to buy an Avalon, this marks one of your best alternatives.

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

Mercury makes just a few changes to the Grand Marquis this year, but important ones. The V-8 improves to offer better performance. Safety also gets a big upgrade with the addition of dual-stage airbags, seat-position sensors, safety belt pre-tensioners, and a crash-severity sensor.

The interior comes with some small remodeling. An adjustable pedal assembly provides an option.

Exterior

The 2001 Mercury Grand Marquis looks like a pretty big sedan. Feed it enough and it just might grow into a little limousine. Of course, this design looks like the one your grandfather dreams of having when he moves to Florida.

Interior

The Grand Marquis has a spacious interior that sits five people comfortably. You can even squeeze a fifth person in there with little discomfort.

Whether you choose the GS or LS, the 2001 Mercury Grand Marquis offers about the same level of standard features. With the LS, though, you get to add optional features that appeal to many drivers. If you demand automatic climate control, leather interior, and a power passenger seat, then you must pay a little more for the GS before you have the privilege of adding those extras. Even after you add all those luxury features, though, it still costs less than an Avalon.

Perhaps the coolest thing about the 2001 Mercury Grand Marquis concerns its adjustable gas and brake pedal assembly, which comes as an option. It allows you to move the pedals up to three inches closer to the driver. For a short person who hates driving big cars, this pedal assembly provides a huge benefit. It could change the way that you think about driving sedans.

Performance & Handling

The Grand Marquis has a history of powerful engines. The 2001 model makes no exceptional. This year, the Mercury Grand Marquis comes with an overhauled 4.6-liter V-8 that offers 220 hp and 264 lb-ft of torque. A special version of the 2001 Mercury Grand Marquis, called the Grand Marquis Marauder, released in spring, offers even more power.

If you can't wait to get the special version, consider adding the handling and performance package. It bumps the engine's output up to 240 hp. It also improves the Grand Marquis’ ability to handle tight curves with less pull. If you prefer taking the back roads, then this package is a must.

Without the handling and performance package, the 2001 Mercury Grand Marquis still handles reasonably well on curves, but you feel a noticeable pull that makes anxious drivers sweat. The extra package also helps prevent a ""squishy"" feel that turns a lot of drivers off.

Safety

The 2001 Mercury Grand Marquis includes electronic brake force distribution, cornering lights, and front disc and rear drum brakes. You also get child safety locks for the rear doors and front seat belt pretensioners.

Of course, you can find plenty of vehicles with similar (if not more sophisticated) safety features. The 2001 Grand Marquis really shines, though, in crash testing. The NHTSA gives it five out of five stars in passenger, driver, and rollover tests. It gets four stars for side-impact rear and side-impact front tests. This makes it one of the safest cars that you can buy without spending a lot more money.

EPA Fuel Economy

Mercury Grand Marquis: 16/23 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Comfortable ride
  • Plenty of space for passengers
  • Good crash-test scores

You Won't Like

  • Parking this land boat in small spaces
  • Not much cargo space in the rear
  • Poor refinement

Sum Up

Power and luxury at an affordable price, but the exterior makes you feel like a grandfather.

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