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2002 Mercury Grand Marquis Review
A good family car.
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The 2002 Mercury Grand Marquis lineup consists of GS, GS Convenience, LS Premium, LS Ultimate, and LSE editions. All have a 4.6-liter V-8 engine that is mated with a four-speed automatic transmission. It has standard 16-inch wheels, all-wheel disc brakes, heated door mirrors, anti-lock braking system (ABS), and traction control. All engines make 220 horsepower except the LSE, which has 235 horsepower and performance tires to match the upgraded suspension. The LSE also has front bucket seats with console shift and the other models have a three-person bench seat and column shift. Power-adjustable pedals are standard on every model except the base GS. Mercury Grand Marquis and the Ford Crown Victoria both share the same design with similar performance and accommodations.
Engines: 4.6-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Mercury Grand Marquis GS, Mercury Grand Marquis GS Convenience, Mercury Grand Marquis LS, Mercury Grand Marquis LS Premium, Mercury Grand Marquis LS Ultimate, Mercury Grand Marquis LSE
The 2002 Mercury Grand Marquis is a traditional rear-drive sedan that adds a few standard features and treats option groups as separate models. Leather upholstery is now a no-charge option for LS models and standard for LSE.
The interior standard features for the 2002 Mercury Grand Marquis GS are 16-inch steel wheels, rear defogger, intermittent windshield wipers, remote trunk release, power door locks and windows, heated power mirrors, and 20.6 cubic feet of cargo space. The LS Premium trim adds 16-inch alloy wheels and a universal remote transmitter. It's a big car; it has overall length of 212 inches and a wheelbase of 114 inches. The sheer length of this sedan can make it unwieldy to park and maneuver in tight spaces. The vertical grille, new complex-reflector headlights, and new taillights give the car a stately look. The overall impression has given it the reputation of being an ""old-person’s"" car. The chrome grille and door handles are the main features that stand out on the exterior.
The standard features for the 2002 Mercury Grand Marquis GS trim includes air-conditioning, cruise controls, tilt steering wheel with integrated cruise controls, four-speaker AM/FM stereo, cloth upholstery, rear bench seats, and front power eight-way split-bench seats with manual lumbar support and height adjustments. The LS Premium adds leather-trimmed tilt steering wheel with integrated cruise controls and adjustable pedals. The LS Ultimate adds leather/wood-trimmed tilt steering wheel with integrated audio and cruise controls. The LSE adds leather upholstery.
The 2002 Mercury Grand Marquis is spacious and will seat six adults comfortably. Despite its large interior, the smaller driver will find is easy to find a driving position that is safe and comfortable with the power seats and adjustable pedals. The seats are plump and comfortable. The rear-drive design places the driveshaft to run down the center of the floor, which reduces foot room. The interior material quality is good and all instruments are arranged intuitively. The overall appearance of the interior is conservative and mature.
Performance & Handling
All of the 2002 Mercury Grand Marquis models are equipped with a standard 4.6-liter V-8 engine. The V-8 in all of the models except the LSE produces 220 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque. The LSE engine produces 235 horsepower and 276 lb-ft of torque. All engines are mated with a standard four-speed automatic transmission and rear drive. All models have rack and pinion steering and front independent suspension. It produces a smooth, quiet ride. The engines are powerful enough to provide good acceleration and adequate power for passing on the highway. The automatic transmission is smooth and responsive. The improved suspension provides very good handling. The steering effort is very light at higher speeds; some may find that it is too light, but it is controllable. The anti-lock braking system (ABS) provides good, controlled stops. The size is quite large, and can be unwieldy in the parking lot.
The 2002 Mercury Grand Marquis is equipped with four-wheel ABS, ventilated front disc/rear drum brakes, engine immobilizer, and electronic Brake force distribution. It also has traction control, cornering lights, and dusk-sensing auto delay-off headlights. Rear child safety locks, child seat anchors, and front seatbelt pretensioners are also standard. The GC Convenience trim adds a remote anti-theft alarm system to the list of standard features. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave five stars for driver and front passenger frontal-impact and rollover crash protection and four stars for front and rear side-impact crash protection.
EPA Fuel Economy
Mercury Grand Marquis Sport: 18/27 mpg city/highway
Mercury Grand Marquis Sport Premier: 18/27 mpg city/highway
Mercury Grand Marquis Sport Ultimate: 18/27 mpg city/highway
- Unique exterior styling
- Large cargo area
- Decent fuel economy
- Excellent safety ratings
You Won't Like
- Four-cylinder engine has slow acceleration
- Dated image
- Heavy-feeling steering
- Sub-par interior materials
- Inadequate rear seat room
A good family car.
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