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2008 Mercury Grand Marquis


2008 Mercury Grand Marquis Review

KBB Editors' Overview

By Editors

This is it folks. If you want to drive a traditional six-passenger, rear-wheel-drive, live-rear-axle, body-on-frame, V8-engine four-door sedan, the Grand Marquis is the last one on the market. Mercury's luxury cruiser shared a common platform with the Ford Crown Victoria and, to a lesser degree, the Lincoln Town Car, both of which have been sent out to pasture. The Grand Marquis' Mercury bloodline gives it a more upscale appearance than the Crown Victoria, yet its price tag stays far south of last year's Town Car. The Grand Marquis' huge trunk is exactly what many golfers love about this car; that and its pillow-soft ride, wide and comfortable seats and easy-to-understand dash layout. And you absolutely cannot discount the relentless durability of these cars, as proven by millions and millions of miles of service in the brutally harsh treatment dished out by taxi fleets and law enforcement agencies.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you've been saving your pennies to purchase a Lincoln Town Car, but waited too long, try taking a spin in a Grand Marquis. Six-passenger seating and a pillow-soft ride are the main highlights, and the trunk is huge.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The Grand Marquis is a big car with a long hood and a big rear deck, and it can be difficult to maneuver in tight spaces. The rear-wheel-drive layout is not as desirable as front-wheel drive when it comes to getting around in rain and snow. Don't look for side-curtain airbags to protect the rear-seat occupants; the Grand Marquis doesn't offer them.

What's New for 2008

The Grand Marquis carries over largely unchanged, offering three new package options: GS Comfort Appearance Package, GS Confidence Package and the LS Travel Package.

Driving It Driving Impressions

The Grand Marquis' velvet-smooth V8 provides excellent pulling power in the form of strong low-end torque, making it terrific for easy, effortless driving. The Flex Fuel V8 can run on straight gasoline or E85, a mixture of ethanol and gasoline. The Grand Marquis' electronically-controlled four-speed automatic transmission delivers smooth, quick shifts, and its overdrive gear allows the full-sized Grand Marquis to earn an EPA highway estimate of 23 miles per gallon -- far better than most similarly-powered SUVs. Many owners actually report beating the EPA highway number on interstate-type highway cruising, as once the Grand Marquis gets up to speed and into overdrive it's working very easily.

Favorite Features

Wide Body
The Grand Marquis' wide body allows for spacious front seats with dual armrests.

Rear Air Suspension
Heavy loads are no problem thanks to the auto-leveling rear air suspension.

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