2010 Mercury Grand Marquis LS Ultimate Edition Road Test

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2010 Mercury Grand Sedan

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Published: 08/27/2010 by Lee Pray. Contributor

Kah-chank, kah-chank. The sound of the 2010 Grand Marquis‘ signals are enough to trigger sense memories of your old Colony Park wagon or grandfather’s Turnpike Cruiser. not the sound of microprocessors at work or metered, market-researched synthetic

It’s the sound of real opening and closing. You know, those big levers that on the electrodes in Dr. Frankenstein’s lab. throwback technology.

The Grand is the very last of its breed: the front-engine, rear-drive, V8-powered, American-made mainstream sedan by a full frame and available to buyers. GM … its big body-on-frame back in 1996 and Chrysler had a traditional full-size sedan for since 1981. Ford’s Victoria, the Grand Marquis’ twin, has since 2008 only available to fleets often as a cab or cop car.

Lincoln are still selling the Grand sister, the Town Car, but that’s a luxury machine. all of Ford’s Panther platform big the Grand Marquis, the Crown Vic and Car are doomed.

Ford is shutting the Mercury division, and sometime the fourth quarter of this the very last Mercury of all will be produced. Maybe last Mercury will be a small SUV or a Milan compact But, if there’s such a as poetic justice, it ought to be a Marquis.

And this is likely to be Inside ‘s last test of a new Ever.

Oldest School

The Grand Marquis hasn’t much since its current was introduced for the 1992 model But while even by that the Marquis is ancient, in many it’s older than After all, while the sheet metal and drivetrain new for ’92, much of the chassis over from the first Panther platform versions of the Ford products that showed up as 1979 models.

And the Panther was scaled down previous Ford behemoths, at least conceptually not much from the all coil-sprung full-size introduced for 1965.

In fact, the Marquis has changed so little the years that Ford bothered posting updated about it on its media Web site 2008. And there aren’t any in Ford’s press fleet Inside Line rented Grand Marquis LS Ultimate from Avis.

Or was it Thrifty? it was Enterprise.

It’s not even yet and Ford can’t wait to the Grand Marquis.

Terrible,

The 2010 Mercury Grand doesn’t have seats in the way cars do. Instead it accommodates up to six in what would qualify as if they were installed in a waiting room.

Upholstered in trim that feels industrial-grade vinyl, the rear has the consistently squishy padding of a baked Twinkie. Sitting there it’s as if there’s a gravity trying to … you until your … through a black hole and out in some random other of the universe. But there are 38 inches of legroom (0.8 inch than what a 2010 Accord sedan offers) and you sit so far back in the seat, it seems more.

There’s also a parcel shelf between the top of the and the rear window that’s a platform for constructing a stuffed diorama, or for your lap dog to nap.

The doesn’t so much sit in the split couch as sprawl across it. Get in and lower body instinctively toward the transmission center while your left slumps into the door and arm naturally perches up on the door That’s how you drive the Grand right hand on the wheel, elbow sticking out the window, spread apart and, your belly drooping the seatbelt.

Sit in this car like a BMW or Mercedes and there’s no way to get comfortable. six-way power adjustment and lumbar support built the front driver’s lounge, but no of fiddling will result in resembling an ergonomically correct position.

The 2010 Mercury Grand ‘ interior is for people who to loosen their belt a few after conquering the buffet at Corral and have to wait for blood sugar to stabilize turning the ignition key. the automotive equivalent of a food It doesn’t get any better than

Hey, on the way home, let’s at Red Lobster!

Slow and Built To That Way

On Inside Line scales, the Grand Marquis in at not-that-porky 4,042 pounds 158 pounds lighter than the CTS-V coupe that showed its taillights to the BMW M3. But where Caddy has 556 horsepower to push it the Grand Marquis has just That’s a grim 18 pounds per hp.

for the 2010 Mercury Grand comes from Ford’s and creamy smooth 4.6-liter 16-valve iron-block Modular V8. exhaling through a single the Mod motor operates in virtual mostly because it’s not very much. The engine of lazily builds revs the accelerator is slammed to the floor and gives out an almost audible of relief when the four-speed transmission makes one of its mushy

Mercury Grand Marquis

Speed is a relative thing, and speaking, the Grand Marquis is It takes the barge 9.3 seconds to 60 mph (9.0 seconds with 1 of rollout as on a drag strip) and it through the quarter-mile in 16.7 at 84.6 mph. A Honda hybrid will crush it in any race.

But turn off the traction put the column shifter into let the Marquis run out toward its terminal going backward, and this does absolutely spectacular Jim reverse 180s. It’s a matter of slamming the shifter Drive in the middle of its twirl and the Marquis waltzes away. So if a P.I. and often find running from assorted people, the Grand Marquis all bad.

Wallow World

on modest 225/60R17 Michelin LX4 all-season tires apparently with Super Squeal the Grand Marquis isn’t to handle as much as it is to smother. car leans over on its suspension when you’re parallel On Inside Line ‘s course it felt like it was to scrape its door handles off on the

But it’s not like you can concentrate on since the car is swinging its tail by the end of the gate, and without some steering correction, the car will off like Oksana Baiul losing an all-night game of

Yeah, the big Mercury made it the slalom in a numb 58.4 mph the traction control off. And it to hold on to the skid pad all the way to 0.78g. But doesn’t tell the handling

The 2010 Mercury Grand is a car built for one-handed operation. on its own terms as a cruiser built to chase the horizon, it works The rack-and-pinion steering actually has on-center feel and it does in cutting through the urban with surprising agility.

Of the chassis never lets the know what’s going on and the frame adds an additional of anesthesia to the whole enterprise, but the and wallow are novelties compared to all the cars out there pretending to be It’s fun in its own dorky way.

on the other hand, is just side of terrifying. Not that the 127-foot stopping distance 60 mph was all that terrible (though it was good) or the fade extreme. It was the dive so extreme from the seat it looked as if the car was aiming to down through the pavement.

Archaic

With its huge capacious interior and rugged the Grand Marquis still sense as a commercial sedan. a truck cleverly disguised as a sedan. And with a starting of $30,685 it’s a lot of car for the money.

It costs a lot less if you’re your Grand Marquis a at a time, too.

But in today’s the 2010 Mercury Grand is hard to justify for us civilians. A new Ford Taurus does a Grand Marquis does hold six people. And it does it all comfortably, more precisely, quickly and more enjoyably for the same or less money. And in the world, the Taurus will get better fuel economy, too Grand Marquis is EPA rated at 16 mpg in the and 24 on the highway).

In today’s context, a goofball. For the record, there is a Grand Marquis which, costs $125 more the one we tested here. Somehow the concept of model years inconsistent with this old dame.

But it’s tough to see the Marquis go. It represents more a century of body-on-frame American and it’s not without its particular and peculiar charms. And soon, we won’t build them way anymore.

Edmunds rented vehicle for the purposes of evaluation.

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