Ford's venerable Crown Victoria ended retail sales in 2007, though it continued to be available to police departments, taxicab companies and vehicle leasing organizations through 2011. This makes assigning a Total Car Score to the 2011 Ford Crown Victoria impossible, though the car has seen few changes since it was discontinued four years ago when it scored 69.17.
At that time the Crown Victoria was known for its roomy interior, comfortable ride, rock-solid reliability and excellent crash-test scores.
The 4.6-liter V8 is a flex-fuel engine, meaning you can run it on up to 85 percent ethanol.
If you find a slightly used 2011 model with clean documentation, and want to pay homage to the 20th Century American Sedan, you could do much worse.
The 2011 Ford Crown Victoria comes in a single LX Fleet trim, though changes to units destined for police or taxi service can range from advanced radio systems to integrated gun racks.
The 4.6-liter V8 flex-fuel engine makes 239 horsepower and 272 pound-feet of torque and is mated to a four-speed automatic transmission. The powertrain returns 16 mpg city/24 mpg highway according to EPA testing.
In a nod to history over health, you can still get a Smoker's Package in the Crown Victoria, as well as a Radio Suppression Package and Taxi Package.
Standard safety features include electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD) and tire-pressure monitoring, with traction control available as an option.
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