The 2003 Mercury Grand Marquis is an elegant, affordable luxury sedan with plenty of character and options. Considering the reasonable price tag, it has an adequate powertrain and lots of comfort packed into its relatively large frame. Mercury remodeled the body several times to ensure safety and premium handling for the driver. For some drivers, the Grand Marquis can feel somewhat awkward, especially in parking lots and cramped spaces. The spacious cabin is a plus for anyone with lots of passengers or for those who need to stretch out. With an attractive price tag, a well-built frame, and a spacious interior, the Mercury Grand Marquis is a good choice for those looking for comfort and reliability.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 4.6-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Mercury Grand Marquis GS, Mercury Grand Marquis GS Convenience, Mercury Grand Marquis LS Premium, Mercury Grand Marquis LSE, Mercury Grand Marquis LS Ultimate
There were several changes to the 2003 Mercury Grand Marquis. Interestingly enough, most of them aren’t visible to the eye at first glance. One of the most significant changes is the addition of a new full-perimeter frame, which uses lightweight steel sections to improve front-impact crash safety. Mercury also redesigned the frame crossmembers and added optional side-impact airbags. The independent front-end suspension was modified, along with shock absorbers located at all four wheels. A new dual brake booster is designed to provide full-stop functions in the event of a panic stop. A new variable ratio rack-and-pinion steering system was added with variable power assist. The cabin now features cup holders, improved seats for greater comfort and support, a three-point seatbelt for the rear center seat, and an improved door trim and design. On the outside, it has brighter headlights and discreet changes to the front and rear end.
The 2003 Mercury Grand Marquis is a full-size sedan with lots of traditional characteristics and plenty of understated style. It isn’t intended to be a showstopper, but it is an elegant option for families, professionals, or anyone looking for a reliable car. It's reminiscent of the Ford Crown Victoria or Lincoln Town Car and has an assertive-looking front-end and a distinctive grille. Mercury offered this model in several color choices, namely Vibrant White, Black, and Arizona Beige Metallic.
The 2003 Mercury Grand Marquis is intended to keep the driver and passengers nice and comfortable. Thanks to the changes made to the seats and upholstery for this model year, it meets those expectations quite easily. It's equipped with either cloth or leather bucket-styled seats in the front, depending on the trim level. Passengers are sure to appreciate the spacious cabin, along with the standard air-conditioning. The faux wood and leather feature in the upper trim levels of the Grand Marquis add touches of warmth and elegance to the interior.
Performance & Handling
The 2003 Mercury Grand Marquis offers the smooth and comfortable ride consumers would expect from a luxury sedan. This is thanks to its 4.6-liter, V-8 engine and four-speed automatic transmission. Thankfully, it has a lower price tag than many of its competitors, and the added bonus of rear drive. Many Lincoln Town Car fans turned to the Grand Marquis for its similar driving style and affordable price.
The 2003 Grand Marquis comes with an array of safety features that are an important element for Mercury. It's equipped with four-wheel anti-lock brakes, front ventilated disc brakes, and solid rear disc brakes. It also includes child seat anchors and rear-door child safety locks. Both the front and rear center seats are equipped with lap seatbelts. Pre-tensioners are standard equipment with the front seat belts. Height-adjustable front headrests are in place to help stabilize the head and neck in the event of an accident.
EPA Fuel Economy
Mercury Grand Marquis: 16/23 mpg city/highway
- Lots of interior room
- Rides comfortably
- Scored well on crash tests
You Won't Like
- Difficulty maneuvering and parking
- Has a vintage image
An affordable luxury option worth exploring.
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