2007 Lincoln Town Car Performance
Reviewers praise the Town Car's pillow-soft ride and stable feel. Cars.com describes the ride as a "surprisingly appealing driving experience, offering a secure, confident sensation and good connection with the road." In addition, the Town Car provides an extremely quiet ride for passengers. Kelley Blue Book says, "Once up to speed, wind and road noise are nearly completely shut out, leaving you in a space where conversations can almost be conducted in a whisper."
Yet some reviewers still feel the car's driving experience leaves much to be desired. Car and Driver calls it "dull" and notes "there's little difference between driving a Town Car and riding in one." Still, reviewers and loyal consumers alike seem to realize that the Town Car is not built for the spirited driver. Instead, as Edmunds comments, it's "for those who grew up believing that big, comfortable, rear-wheel-drive American luxury cars were the ultimate reward for a job well done. And for them, this Town Car was a perfect fit."
Acceleration and Power
Under the hood, the Town Car boasts a 4.6-liter 239-horsepower single overhead cam V8 engine linked to a four-speed automatic transmission. Hydraulic mounts control engine shake to reduce noise, vibration, and harshness. According to the EPA, the 19-gallon unleaded tank nets 23 miles per gallon on the highway and 15 mpg in the city. "Considering the Town Car's ponderous weight," writes Kelley Blue Book, "its impressive highway fuel economy figures may make it a better choice than some similarly-sized SUVs." The Town Car takes regular gasoline or E85 fuel, with the latter delivering much lower fuel economy.
Many reviewers find the V8 engine perfectly adequate for getting around. "Although no BMW slayer," says Kelley Blue Book, "the big V8 is quiet and vibration-free, traits most Town Car owners appreciate more than raw power." The reports that "the car is able to pass with ease, and freeway cruising at 80 mph is quiet and comfortable." But another group of reviewers criticizes the Town Car for its sluggishness. The transmission has partial electronic controls and only four speeds, which Auto Mall USA says offers "less flexibility, eats into gas mileage and dates the car." In addition, Edmunds says, "Not helping matters is a four-speed automatic that lacks the choice of gear ratios and fuel-economy benefits of the five- and six-speed automatics found on competitive sedans."
Though most agree that shifts from the Town Car's four-speed automatic transmission are smooth, one reviewer experienced jerkiness. "There was a sharp jerk when the accelerator was depressed hard for a bit, as if the driver wanted quick acceleration, then released suddenly," notes MSN.
Handling and Braking
The 2007 Town Car includes a rack-and-pinion steering system (first introduced in the 2003 update), which creates a more responsive feel than the previous recirculating ball system. "When you turn the wheel, it turns(!), rather than waiting for more steering input as was the case with the previous model," AutoWeek confirms. Motor Trend's reviewer agrees, commenting that even while cruising through curvy canyon roads, "the more communicative steering system offered enough tension and feedback to encourage pushing the car harder than the typical limo driver ever would."
The 2007 Town Car features an improved suspension previously introduced with the 2003 model. The front suspension includes upgraded shock absorbers that improve handling and reduce road impact. A revised rear suspension provides a stabilizer bar and load-leveling air springs to ensure constant ride height. An overwhelming majority of reviewers see the new system as an improvement. "Despite the Town Car's reputation as a 'big boat' with a floaty ride, the 2003 Town Car conveys a less floaty sensation than its predecessor," crows MSN. Forbes agrees, noting the suspension "remains ultrasoft and enables the Town Car to traverse railroad tracks and potholes with barely a disturbance to passengers." But in a different take, Auto Mall USA points out a shortcoming: The chassis and suspension are missing "any type of electronic yaw control system like almost all of [the Town Car's] price and class competitors have, and it offers no electronically variable shock absorbers like those that come on the Cadillacs."
The 2007 Town Car features a more powerful braking system than older models, with 305-mm ventilated discs in front, 295-mm solid discs at the rear, and stiffer twin-piston calipers. The system comes with brake assist, which delivers maximum braking force when it detects quick or hard brake pedal inputs. Lincoln reports the new system has reduced stopping distances by 10 percent. "The brake pedal is much more responsive, completely without that when-is-this-thing-going-to-stop feeling and the high pedal pressure that was prevalent in the old car," observes Auto Mall USA.
But some reviewers, like Cars.com, still feel that braking is "less pleasing because the pedal may exhibit a long dead spot before the brakes become effective." Similarly, MSN notes, "I still found myself squeezing hard on the brake pedal in the final seconds before a stop as I'd suddenly realize I wasn't slowing this big, 4,467-pound car as quickly as I had thought."