Those eyeing the Mercury Grand Marquis don't have a lot of other choices.
If it's a rear-wheel-drive car they want, they might look to the Chrysler 300, which offers better performance, but is also more expensive and not as roomy inside.
The Buick Lucerne is a large, expansive sedan that's very refined, and its V-6 brings impressive fuel economy.
The Kia Amanti is about the same price as the Grand Marquis and offers a very roomy cabin, energetic V-6 performance, and a plush ride, with more standard features.
Finally, there's Mercury's own Sable, a big sedan that just about makes the Grand Marquis redundant, if you're OK with front- or all-wheel drive.
The Sable has an interior that's just as spacious, if not more so, than the Grand Marquis, with as smooth a ride, but better handling, and it's one of the IIHS Top Safety Picks for 2008.
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|2008 Mercury Grand MarquisBrowse Used Listings||2009 Buick LucerneBrowse Used Listings||2008 Kia AmantiBrowse Used Listings||2008 Mercury SableBrowse Used Listings|
|15 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy|
|Gas/Ethanol V8||Gas V6 FlexFuel||Gas V6||Gas V6|
|4-Door Sedan GS||4-Door Sedan CX||4-Door Sedan||4-Door Sedan FWD|
|Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sedan||4 Dr Sedan CX||4dr Sedan||4 Door Sedan|
|Automatic w/OD||Automatic||Automatic w/OD||Automatic|
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|2008 Mercury Grand Marquis vs. 2009 Buick Lucerne||2008 Mercury Grand Marquis vs. 2008 Kia Amanti||2008 Mercury Grand Marquis vs. 2008 Mercury Sable|