2008 Mercury Grand Marquis vs. Its Competition

2008 Mercury Grand Marquis 4-door Sedan LS Angular Front Exterior View
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

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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Quick Specs
An ancient but roomy design and performance that trails nearly every other new car means that most people will be better off looking elsewhere.
A soft ride and roomy interior still form the solid base for the 2009 Buick Lucerne’s appeal.
If you don't mind driving a big car with derivative looks, the 2008 Kia Amanti is a great choice.
The 2008 Mercury Sable has great interior room and trunk space, comprehensive safety gear, and large instrumentation, but falls behind the Honda Accord in driving excitement.
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Gas Mileage   
15 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Gas/Ethanol V8Gas V6 FlexFuelGas V6Gas V6
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LargeLarge CarLargeLarge
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4-Door Sedan GS4-Door Sedan CX4-Door Sedan4-Door Sedan FWD
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
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Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
4 Door Sedan4 Dr Sedan CX4dr Sedan4 Door Sedan
Automatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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