The Mercury Grand Marquis soldiers into 2006 with a slight freshening, including a new grille, front fascia, and headlamps that bring it more in sync with the visual cues among the rest of the Mercury lineup. In addition, the trunk appliqu has been updated, and there are a variety of new exterior paint options: Smokestone Clearcoat Metallic, Tungsten Clearcoat Metallic, and four new two-tone combinations. Inside sees a new Light Camel interior shade, and the LS models will feature a standard overhead console that includes a compass, map light, and universal garage door opener, as well as standard 16-inch machined aluminum 16-spoke wheels.
Believe it or not, the Mercury Grand Marquis holds the crown as the best-selling Mercury vehicle ever, with more than 2.7 million sold during the past 31 years. Completely redesigned in 2003, the Grand Marquis is available in four trim levels: GS, GS Convenience, LS Premium, and LS Ultimate. The Grand Marquis features a huge trunk, seating for six, and a chance to relive your past as you remember riding in the back of your grandparents' car.
The Grand Marquis continues a long-lost tradition of six-passenger seating and a rear-drive setup with a standard V-8 engine, now unheard of in the segment. The 4.5L unit produces 224 hp and 272 lb.-ft. of torque. Step up to the dual-exhaust layout, and you get an increase of 15 hp and 15 lb.-ft. of torque. If you really want to hustle, get the optional handling package, which includes 60-series Michelin tires mounted to 16-inch styled alloy wheels. The package also adds a stabilizer bar and an air suspension for a more controlled ride and less body sway. The package also gets you a 3.27:1 rear axle ratio, which helps improve acceleration, versus the standard 2.73:1 ratio, which delivers better fuel economy.
Keeping everyone safe is a priority in the Grand Marquis, which boasts a five-star government crash test rating for driver and front-seat passenger for an impressive 10 years in a row. Front and rear vented disc brakes, standard ABS, and optional side air bags round out the safety package on this venerable sedan.
A total of 14 models make up the Large Conventional segment, but there's no direct competition since the others in the class don't offer rear drive along with six-passenger seating capacity.
According to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM the Chevrolet Impala leads this category in sales volume, recording 246,481 unit sales in 2005. The Chrysler 300 is next at 144,068 units sold in 2005, with the Pontiac Grand Prix (122,398) and Ford Five Hundred (107,932) following. The Grand Marquis (64,716 units) outsold the Ford Crown Victoria (63,939) in 2005 and holds the distinction of being the only Mercury product to outsell its Ford counterpart.
|GS (100A)||4 speed automatic||$24,780||224-hp / 4.6L 8-cyl||17/25|
|LS Premium (200A)||4 speed automatic||$30,065||224-hp / 4.6L 8-cyl||17/25|