2007 Ford Crown Victoria Performance
This performance review was written when the 2007 Ford Crown Victoria was new.
Test drives of the Crown Victoria show the large car to be competent in almost all aspects of vehicle performance, but a standout in none. Auto reviewers find the 2007 Ford Crown Victoria's V8 acceleration solid, braking and handling adequate and steering smooth.
For the "Crown Vic buyer who just wants a big, comfortable V8 sedan, that won't be much of a problem. Everyone else shopping in the large-sedan segment is advised to try the Ford's modern-day competition first," says Edmunds. AutoMedia.com reports that the "Ford Crown Victoria is one of America's most popular full-size rear-drive sedans (and dominates police and taxi fleets nationwide) for two big reasons": It is "an excellent car and extremely well suited for family, fleet, cab and cop-car use," and it is "one of the only three large rear-drive sedans on the market." Auto writers from Automobile Magazine add that the Crown Victoria "appeals mostly to mature drivers who find the car's old-school driving experience comfortably familiar, or even nostalgic," while noting that "its newer competitors perform better in many ways." "If you're looking for nothing more than a family cruiser, the Vic will suffice," sums up Edmunds.
Acceleration and Power
The Crown Victoria is available only with a standard 4.6-liter V8 engine, which auto writers find up to the task to move the large car competently. Kelley Blue Book reports that its engine is "torque-happy" and "provides smooth acceleration from any speed," adding that the Crown Vic "moves without complaint or struggle", while Edmunds finds the Crown Victoria "reasonably quick" with "solid acceleration." Automobile Magazine notes that "the harsh 4.6-liter V-8 delivers its power higher in the rev band than is typical for larger displacement engines", and Kelley Blue Book agrees, noting that the current model "provides a respectable blend of power and fuel economy in a powerplant that is smooth, quiet and dependable." The 2007 Ford Crown Victoria has an EPA mileage estimate of 15 mpg during city driving and 23 mpg on the highway.
Handling and Braking
The Crown Victoria is a large rear-wheel-drive sedan and has a ride that auto reviewer's find adequate for both its size and the age of its present design. Edmunds calls the ride quality "forgiving" and the handling "acceptable, but there's no getting around this sedan's substantial weight and dimensions, much less its decades-old platform." MSN Autos says that the stiffer new frame on the Crown Victoria "improves ride and handling because it allows the suspension to do a better job. It also cuts down on transmission of noise, vibration and harshness into the body structure, making this quiet sedan even quieter." MSN Autos also notes that the "redesigned front suspension and revised suspension geometery (sic) provide better ‘tracking' at highway speeds to let a driver be more relaxed-and also more control during cornering and on rough roads.." On the negative side, Consumer Guide Automotive complains that the Crown Victoria shows "marked body lean and mediocre grip in fast cornering."
The Crown Victoria LX trim comes with an optional Premium Sport Handling Package that includes air-spring rear suspension, which auto writers find dated. Kelley Blue Book says you'll "find the ride akin to floating on air which to some degree would be accurate if you opt for the Handling Package." Consumer Guide Automotive calls the base suspension "absorbent" and "fairly controlled, but soft enough to allow some float over undulations. Firmer Handling and Performance setup can be jittery over sharp, closely spaced bumps, but quells most float and exacts no big penalty in overall comfort." MSN Autos adds that the Crown Victoria LX Sport has a "firmer suspension," which does not affect ride comfort, commenting that "no Crown Victoria is designed to be pushed as hard as a sport sedan can be." Automobile Magazine reports that the 2007 Crown Victoria "is one of the last American cars still using a body-on-frame construction, a V-8 engine powering the rear wheels, and a solid (or live) rear axle," adding that "the handling is rather lazy," and the car "has a certain retro feel behind the wheel," also noting that neither suspension provides a very smooth ride "as the solid rear axle makes the car hop over bumps and under heavy acceleration."
Most auto reviewers find the rack-and-pinion steering on the Crown Victoria improved and precise. Kelley Blue Book says the "steering is surprisingly accurate for such a large car," and that "the Crown Victoria tracks perfectly straight down the highway without the need for constant adjustments to the steering wheel." Consumer Guide Automotive calls the steering "linear and accurate in city driving, steady and slop-free in highway cruising." Yet, Automobile Magazine reviewers counter this, commenting that the steering feels "light and numb."
Ford Crown Victoria Base Model and LX
The Crown Victoria base model and LX trim come standard with a 4.6-liter V8 engine with 224 horsepower at 4,800 rpm and 275 pound feet of torque. The Crown Victoria V8 is mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission, rear wheel drive and rack-and-pinion steering. Both models of the Crown Victoria come with independent front suspension and solid axle rear suspension. The Crown Victoria is fitted with 4-wheel antilock brakes with electronic brake force distribution.