2001 Ford Crown Victoria

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Key Specs

of the 2001 Ford Crown Victoria. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    21 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    220-hp, 4.6-liter V-8 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Rear-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    4-speed automatic w/OD
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2001 Ford Crown Victoria Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
New dual-stage front airbags, more horsepower and optional power-adjustable pedals are fresh features for the Crown Victoria, a traditional V-8-powered, rear-drive family sedan with body-on-frame construction.

The new front airbags deploy at one of two inflation levels based on crash severity, whether the seat belts are buckled and the position of the driver’s seat. The airbags may not deploy in less-severe crashes if sensors detect that the seat belts are buckled.

Also new for 2001 is a feature that automatically turns on the headlights when the windshield wipers are activated. The Crown Victoria is a corporate twin to the Mercury Grand Marquis. While about two-thirds of Crown Victoria sales go to police squads and taxicab companies, most of the Grand Marquis sales are to retail buyers. Restyled versions of both are expected for the 2002 model year but will retain their current mechanical design.

The Crown Victoria and Grand Marquis are built on the same rear-drive platform as the Lincoln Town Car, which has different styling and larger dimensions. The separate body-chassis design dates to the 1979 Ford LTD.



Exterior
The conservatively tailored Crown Vic has a 114.7-inch wheelbase and is 212 inches long overall — a foot longer than the Buick LeSabre, a front-drive rival and the most popular full-size car. Styling is the same as that on the Grand Marquis except for a different grille, taillamps and exterior trim.



Interior
Tall, wide doors allow easy entry ...
Vehicle Overview
New dual-stage front airbags, more horsepower and optional power-adjustable pedals are fresh features for the Crown Victoria, a traditional V-8-powered, rear-drive family sedan with body-on-frame construction.

The new front airbags deploy at one of two inflation levels based on crash severity, whether the seat belts are buckled and the position of the driver’s seat. The airbags may not deploy in less-severe crashes if sensors detect that the seat belts are buckled.

Also new for 2001 is a feature that automatically turns on the headlights when the windshield wipers are activated. The Crown Victoria is a corporate twin to the Mercury Grand Marquis. While about two-thirds of Crown Victoria sales go to police squads and taxicab companies, most of the Grand Marquis sales are to retail buyers. Restyled versions of both are expected for the 2002 model year but will retain their current mechanical design.

The Crown Victoria and Grand Marquis are built on the same rear-drive platform as the Lincoln Town Car, which has different styling and larger dimensions. The separate body-chassis design dates to the 1979 Ford LTD.



Exterior
The conservatively tailored Crown Vic has a 114.7-inch wheelbase and is 212 inches long overall — a foot longer than the Buick LeSabre, a front-drive rival and the most popular full-size car. Styling is the same as that on the Grand Marquis except for a different grille, taillamps and exterior trim.



Interior
Tall, wide doors allow easy entry and exit, and with bench seats in the front and rear, the Crown Vic holds six people. Middle passengers, however, have to straddle a large driveshaft tunnel and don’t get the same cushy seating as outboard occupants. The front seat is a split bench with a folding center armrest.

The new power-adjustable pedals, a feature previously offered on other Ford vehicles, have a 3-inch range.

Cargo volume is a cavernous 20.6 cubic feet, though much of it is in a deep well that is awkward to reach.



Under the Hood
The standard engine is a 4.6-liter V-8 with 220 horsepower, 20 hp more than last year. An optional handling package includes a firmer suspension, touring tires and a dual exhaust system that boosts horsepower to 235 (also 20 hp more than last year).

A four-speed automatic transmission is standard, and antilock brakes and traction control are optional.



Driving Impressions
Several full-size, front-drive sedans offer as much room or more and similar acceleration with more economical V-6 engines, and they come wrapped in more contemporary styling. The Crown Vic and Grand Marquis, however, offer rear-drive traditionalists a solid and capable alternative that is more reasonably priced than some front-drive rivals.

 
Reported by Rick Popely  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2001 Buying Guide

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.9)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Crown Victoria

by Billnue88 from Boaz, KY on July 3, 2018

Great vehicle for the value. A great work for or first car for budget minded individuals. Ton of these available from the police force now available as great commuter vehicles. Read full review

(4.0)

Very reliable car.

by David 300z from Houma on July 8, 2017

This car drives nice. Feels strong like a big SUV Very old school like simple on the inside..Very decent on the power which makes it fun to drive. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2001 Ford Crown Victoria currently has 7 recalls

NHTSA Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2001 Ford Crown Victoria Base

NHTSA rates vehicles using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Overall Rollover Rating
5 Star
Driver's
5 Star
Passenger's
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Driver
4 Star
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
4 Star
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Crown Victoria received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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