Review: 2005 Mercury Grand Marquis

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If you're looking to continue the proud, patriotic tradition of rear-wheel-drive V-8 power in a big, roomy wrapper the Grand Marquis is the car for you. It trades off agile handling for roomy seating, trunk space to match, and a safe, if very uneventful, ride. If you want the same features plus a little more zip in a more modern package, look to the Chrysler 300 or the Toyota Avalon. Or if you want a deal, check out the Buick LeSabre in its final year of production. Basic warranty, powertrain coverage, and roadside assistance are for three years/36,000 miles. Rust coverage is five years/unlimited miles. Towing capacity is a measly 1,500 lbs.

For 2005, Mercury keeps the Grand Marquis on cruise control--still big, safe, and all Detroit.

What's Hot

  • Seating for six
  • Big and not ashamed of it
  • Rides smoothly enough for Grandma

    What's Not

  • No stability control
  • Uninspiring power and handling
  • Tardy four-speed transmission

    Very little of substance has changed for the Grand Marquis since its 2003 redesign. Notable for 2005 are better airbag deployment modulation and a few cosmetic flourishes. The 2006 production year will bring a revised grille, redesigned front fascia, and new headlamps.

    Traction control is the only essential option.

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