The 2011 Mercury Grand Marquis marks the last year of production for this vehicle, and it still measures up to the competition in some areas. It has endured many appearance changes and mechanical alterations since its debut in 1978. After all these years, the Grand Marquis continues to retain its class and old-school heritage.
Ford decided to end production of the Mercury brand after 2011, so the Grand Marquis went out in style. No changes show up for the 2011 model year and the wide dimensions that accommodate six passengers continue to bring sales for the automobile. The trunk space is also an excellent and continuing feature that lets you fill it up with everyone’s luggage.
The car's handling feels bulky and the slow steering leaves you feeling unconfident in maintaining control. The V-8 engine offers just 224 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque, which seems puny for keeping up with the competition. The Grand Marquis definitely serves best as an elderly person’s automobile.
Body Styles: full-size sedan
Engines: 4.6-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Mercury Grand Marquis LS
The 2011 Mercury Grand Marquis has a limited time left since it marks the final year of Mercury production, and it remains virtually unchanged for 2011.
The 2011 Mercury Grand Marquis comes with standard equipment, such as rear air suspension, foglamps, 17-inch wheels, automatic headlights, and keyless entry. The headlamps have an auto-delay feature, as well as the dusk-sensors that turn your lights on when it gets dark while driving. Many of the exterior features, like the colors, remain the same from previous years.
The cabin of the Grand Marquis seems very wide, and the back seat holds three people. Not many cars today accommodate six people, so it has an advantage over the newer, younger sedans. The trunk space provides another excellent area for the tried and true Grand Marquis, with an enormous 20.6 cubic feet of capacity. That is larger than other cars on the market.
The general interior design of the Grand Marquis looks the same as previous models, with the adjustability of passenger and driver seats, leather upholstery, automatic climate control, a rear-view mirror with auto-dimming, a split front bench, a CD player, and a tilt steering wheel that comes leather wrapped. Optional features include a cassette player and a steering wheel of leather and wood, and heated seats. Both of the driver and passenger seats also have
adjustable power lumbar support for the most comfortable driving or riding.
Performance & Handling
When you drive the 2011 Mercury Marquis, it may feel like driving back in time. The handling may remind you of trying to drive the Goodyear blimp because of the prodigious size and lack of steering control. However, the V-8 does provide healthy torque right off the line.
With the 4.6-liter, V-8 engine, it produces 275 lb-ft of torque and 224 hp, which proves decent for the size of vehicle. A standard four-speed automatic transmission comes on the Grand Marquis and it takes roughly 8.5 seconds to get up to 60 mph, comparing to other sedans with four-cylinder power.
There has been a big improvement since 1978 in the car’s fuel economy, but for today’s competition, it may be a bit disappointing with 19 mpg combined.
The standard safety equipment on the Grand Marquis includes traction control, front airbags, and anti-lock disc brakes. Two pieces of safety equipment are missing on the model: side curtain airbags and stability control. During crash testing, however, the government gives the automobile a perfect five-star rating for both side and frontal crash impacts. Faring well with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration standards, the Grand Marquis only receives a rating of ?marginal? from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
EPA Fuel Economy
Mercury Grand Marquis LS: 16/24 mpg city/highway
- Big comfy seats
- Six-passenger capacity
- Simple controls
- Huge trunk
You Won't Like
- Nautical handling and ride
- Poor fuel economy
- Stability control unavailable
- Missing some modern conveniences
Past its prime and stepping aside for younger and more powerful sedans.
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