2009 Mercury Grand Marquis Performance
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Reviewers say that performance-minded drivers should avoid the Grand Marquis. While the V8 engine offers plenty of power, the large car's maneuverability leaves many reviewers unsatisfied. Still, some point out that if a comfortable but unexciting ride is what you're after, the Grand Marquis is your go-to sedan.
- "Like the interior, driving the 2009 Mercury Grand Marquis is none too different from piloting one from 15 years ago...or even 15 years before that." -- Edmunds
- "On the road, no one would accuse the Grand Marquis of being nimble. Its smallish 16-inch tires squeal when asked to do more than make a simple turn; its soft suspension wallows and, in a panic stop, nose dives. But no one is buying a Grand Marquis to race, and given its mission -- provide a comfy ride under most any circumstance -- it delivers." -- the Orlando Sentinel.
Acceleration and Power
The 2009 Marquis comes with a 4.6-liter V8 engine mated to a four-speed electronic automatic transmission. Most reviewers report that they are pleased with the big engine's power, though the transmission gets mixed reviews.
- The V8 "provides plenty of acceleration in just about any situation." -- Edmunds
- The engine is "velvet-smooth," providing "excellent pulling powering in the form of strong low-end torque, making it terrific for easy, effortless driving." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "Generally smooth and strong around town, but the transmission's tardy downshifts make for lazy merging and passing response in a broad 40-60-mph range." -- Consumer Guide
Handling and Braking
When it comes to the Grand Marquis, comfort is the name of the game. Reviewers report that the car has a smooth, almost floaty ride, with handling that's anything but nimble. Still, some concede that's what some large sedan buyers are after.
- "The [optional] load-leveling rear suspension helps reduce body lean a bit. Exterior bulk is a pain in tight parking spots." -- Consumer Guide
- "The Grand Marquis is a big car with a long hood and a big rear deck, and it can be difficult to maneuver in tight spaces." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "Quite simply, newer full-size sedans are easier to maneuver and better to drive, while still offering safe structures and comfortable rides." -- Edmunds