COCONUT GROVE, Fla. — In the southern reaches of Florida, where palm trees and towering condominiums contend for space on sunny Atlantic beaches, Ford's most popular car label is not the national best-selling midsize Taurus, but a full-size sedan with an anachronistically regal name.
With its rear-wheel driveline and a spacious interior that seats up to six in comfort, Ford’s Crown Victoria scores with Florida's dominant age group, those plus-50 folks whose preferences in automobiles tend toward affordable value with lots of room for both cabin and trunk and grandkids.
Riding on a platform that traces back to 1979, the Crown Victoria still sells well enough to merit its continuance in Ford's line; among law enforcement agencies, it's the top choice in police cruisers, and among folks who still want domestic rear-wheel drive, it’s the least expensive full-size on the market. This year it’s been spruced up again to reduce production costs and to keep its aging buyers happy.
A cabin cruiser
This latest Crown Victoria actually adds cabin space through a subtle reshaping of interior bits and by adopting the twin Mercury Grand Marquis’ more formal roofline. It also adopts some of the Lincoln Town Car’s platform hardware.
1999 Ford Crown Victoria interior
The Crown Vic’s interior can be swaddled in leather and equipped to the hilt with luxury features.
The latest Crown Victoria also looks modern, even sophisticated, with an exterior scheme which projects a bold front hood with softly rounded edges and bright chrome grille. Shapely side panels feature an interesting flat shoulder stretched below windows to create shiny reflective surfaces in contrast against multiple body curves.