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.
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.