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The Mercury Grand Marquis is a four-door, six-passenger full-size luxury sedan. The Mercury Grand Marquis is manufactured in St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada alongside the Ford Crown Victoria and Lincoln Town Car. The Mercury Grand Marquis stands out from the crowd in many ways, including being the only car in its class to offer a standard V-8 engine that delivers 224 horsepower. It is also the only car in its class to receive a government crash test rating of five stars for 13 years in a row. With the largest trunk and roomiest interior in its class to feature leather seating, the Mercury Grand Marquis puts an end to which class it is in: it’s own.

The Grand Marquis is also the only car in its class of large family sedans with a standard Flex-Fuel V8 capable of running on E85 ethanol. With so many exclusive offerings, the Mercury Grand Marquis is a major hit for those looking for comfort, features, power and luxury without the Lincoln Town Car price tag.

Trim Levels

Only one trim level is available for the 2009 Mercury Grand Marquis. The LS level come standard with the Flex-Fuel 224 horsepower 4.6 liter V8 engine, a four-speed automatic transmission, 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic climate control, leather upholstery, traction and stability control system, front side-impact airbags, tire pressure monitor and four-wheel anti-lock disc brake assist.

With more interior comforts than most others in its class, the Grand Marquis offers a total seating capacity of six, height adjustable and six-way adjustable driver seat with adjustable lumbar support, six-way adjustable passenger seat with lumbar support, folding center armrest with storage and even has a universal remote transmitter for garage doors or security systems.

Power and Performance

Being a large rear wheel drive sedan the Mercury Grand Marquis needs some real horsepower to feel quick and responsive. The single overhead cam, 4.6 liter V-8 engine puts out 224 horsepower and 275 pound feet of torque. The flex-Fuel engine is capable of running on ethanol. It is shifted by a four-speed automatic transmission.

The suspension on the Grand Marquis consists of front independent suspension and short and long arm front suspension, front and rear stabilizer bar and solid axle rear suspension. The large sedan can be difficult to drive in tight spots, but the car’s steering is relatively responsive, giving it a better feel while driving and steering.

The fuel economy is rated as an average number for a sedan of this size. With 15 mpg city and 23 mpg highway, the grand Marquis does not have the best gas mileage on the road, but is average.

Safety Features

Standard safety features on the 2009 Mercury Grand Marquis are antilock brakes, de-powered airbag, four wheel antilock brakes, passenger airbag, side airbag and traction control. Also included standard are front fog/driving lights, dusk sensing headlamps, front and rear ventilated disc brakes, emergency trunk release, height adjustable headrests, passenger airbag occupant sensing deactivation and electronic brake force distribution.

The National Highway and Transportation Safety Administration has given the Grand Marquis a rate of five stars in the side impact front, side impact rear, passenger, driver and rollover crash tests. The IIHS gives the Grand Marquis a “Good” rating for their crash tests.