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Kelley Blue Book ® - 2001 Lincoln Town Car Overview

Vehicle Overview from Kelley Blue Book

KBB.com 2001 Lincoln Town Car Overview

At the other end of the "built-in-America" spectrum is the full-sized, rear-wheel drive Lincoln Town Car. Many people refer to this class of car as "traditional luxury." The Town Car does not have the technical wizardry of the Lexus or Cadillac, nor does it possess the nimbleness of the BMW. What it does seem to have in abundance is presence. You won't mistake the Town Car for any other make, nor are you likely to lose it in a crowded parking lot. Anyone over 40 probably remembers a time when a Town Car was the ultimate aspiration of their parents or grandparents. Though no longer king of the hill, the Lincoln name and the history still hold sway with a great many people.

The Town Car is available in 3 trim levels: Executive, Signature and Cartier. In addition, the Executive and Cartier cars include an L model, which is stretched an additional 6 inches. The L cars are very popular with livery services and make more than their fair share of appearances at Hollywood premieres, highly-visible political events and weddings. A 4.6-liter V8 engine generating 220 horsepower provides power for all Town Cars. The basic suspension setup—though fairly ancient—still works and enables the Town Car to float over road imperfections, absorbing them like a giant sponge on wheels. On the flip side, don't expect the Town Car to perform lightening-quick maneuvers or carve up twisting back roads. Town Cars (and their owners) appear to be happiest when pointed in a straight line.

The Town Car shares many of its components with the Ford Crown Victoria and Mercury Grand Marquis, including the basic layout for the dash, seats and door panels. While these components are fine for a $23,000 family car, the look and feel of the plastics is too common for the $45,000 Town Car. The seats are wide and flat, with lots of cushy foam, but not much support, even with the optional power lumbar support. The steering wheel mounted controls for the radio, cruise control and climate control are a nice touch as are the adjustable foot pedals. The absence of a center console allows the Town Car to lay claim to one feature not found on any other car in this group: seating for six passengers. And while the standard equipment list is by no means spartan, we noticed the absence of such necessary luxury features as one touch up/down windows at all positions, onboard navigation system, rear sun shade and dual-zone climate controls.

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