2008 Lincoln Town Car Review

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Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director
June 27, 2008

The 2008 Lincoln Town Car looks and feels dated, but can carry six passengers and their luggage.

TheCarConnection.com's editors researched a wide range of road tests of the 2008 Lincoln Town Car to write this definitive review. TheCarConnection.com's resident experts also drove the new Lincoln Town Car to help you decide which reviews to trust where opinions differ, to add more impressions and details, and to provide you with the best information.

The 2008 Lincoln Town Car is a big luxury sedan that's built like cars used to be built. It has a real frame underneath, a pillowy ride, a big V-8 engine, and wide, flat seats that are perfect for its current duty at airports and car services nationwide.

The 2008 Lincoln Town Car is available in Signature, Signature Limited, and the long-wheelbase Executive L and Signature L trim levels. The Town Car's main appeal is its supersoft ride, sedate handling, and spacious and comfortable interior with sofalike seating for six adults. It's essentially only being sold to fleet customers for the current model year, and it's expected that the Town Car will stop production in either 2009 or 2010.

Styling is distinctive but baroque. The interior is old-fashioned and not particularly rich-looking, and even in the backseat, there's a pervasive sense that not much time has been spent making the Town Car even remotely modern.
The Town Car's standard 4.6-liter, V-8 engine generates 239 horsepower and is coupled to a four-speed automatic transmission. It gets 15/22 mpg--not bad for a vehicle of its size.

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Ride and handling traits are soft and forgiving, but the Lincoln Town Car struggles to keep up with brisk maneuvers. It's simply outmatched by most modern sedans, even big four-doors like the Cadillac DTS. Interior room is vast, but the seats are unsupportive. Trunk space is large.
Four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, 17-inch wheels, front side airbags, and traction control are standard. The 2008 Lincoln Town Car gets a five-star crash rating from the NHTSA.

Options include 18-inch wheels, a power moonroof, high-intensity-discharge headlamps, a CD changer, and a navigation system that incorporates a THX-certified audio array and satellite radio compatibility.

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