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With a low-stress, 224-horsepower V-8 engine, a four-speed automatic transmission, and an ancient body-on-frame design, the Grand Marquis is an oddity in today's market. While much of the Grand Marquis is shared with the Ford Crown Victoria, a favorite of taxi and police fleets, as well as with the Lincoln Town Car, which is a limo, the Mercury has traditionally only ended up either in rental-car fleets, or in the decreasing ranks of comfort-oriented private owners.
The interior, too, will take you back on a nostalgic trip, and you might have trouble believing that the Grand Marquis is indeed a new car. It's been about two decades since a significant redesign, so the instrument panel and displays don't look much like those in other new Ford and Mercury models, but they're no-nonsense but haven't been kept up-to-date with navigation systems or Sync connectivity. Seats are soft and comfy (and not all that supportive), but you can fit three across and the trunk is a huge 20.4 cubic feet. On the down side, performance is sluggish in most respects; fuel economy isn't great, especially around town; and even though the suspension is tuned so softly the ride can still be jittery over some surfaces.
If you want the last of a dying breed, get one now. For more information, please see our last full review of the Grand Marquis.