If ever a vehicle exemplified the word "stalwart," Ford's Crown Victoria is it. The six-passenger Crown Victoria has outlived all of its competitors from GM and Chrysler, and by all rights should be one foot from the grave itself. But the venerable body-on-frame
sedan continues to sell at a brisk pace, bolstered by strong sales from the taxi cab and law enforcement communities, not to mention the ever-growing retiree set. With its huge trunk, V8 power and relatively good highway fuel economy, the Crown Victoria has much to offer those in need of such features. All is not assured in sales land, however, as the new
Dodge Charger offers an equal amount of interior volume but with a superior chassis and the option of a HEMI V8.
"I was amazed at the highway gas mileage I got with my 2001 Crown Victoria. Driving on cruise control at 70-75mph I got slightly over 28 mpg with air conditioning on. Had I slowed down I may have gotten closer to 30. The car is large enough for 6 people and we had it because we had two teenage boys to carry to school and sport events. Lots of trunk room and a full-size spare. Good handling and performance. Very minimal maintenance which actually occurred when the vehicle was new and in warranty. All I have spent on this car was oil, filter, and tire changes in the years that we have had it."
"The only satisfaction I have is knowing that is possible for a company to manufacture a vehicle that is beyond reliable. Sold to coworker with 283k miles 2.5 years ago - he now has 350k on it and recently had to replace the original transmission. There is not enough space here to discuss how reliable the car is and continues to be. Sadly Ford stopped making them - I guess buyers expect fancy technology that will not work and cars that are disposable so there is no longer a market. This car had the handling package which was amazing - dual exhausts, special rear end ratio, air suspension. Everything worked, sensors didn't fail, light bulbs didn't burn out - wow, really?! If you have one of these you will never find another one - believe me, I look daily and they are not around or have not had an easy life."
Pros: "Great reliability, plenty of room great handling"
Cons: "no back seat cup holders,looks like a grandpa car"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"This car is the most comfortable, reliable car we have ever owned. Great pick up goes extremely fast with wonderful handling! Safe and large enough for a big family or to take lots of friends wherever you want to go. Great gas milage for it's size or any size!"