2005 Ford Crown Victoria

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Key Specs

of the 2005 Ford Crown Victoria. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    21 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    224-hp, 4.6-liter V-8 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Rear-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    4-speed automatic w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Interior space
  • Trunk capacity
  • Ride comfort
  • Crash-test ratings

The Bad

  • Poor winter traction with RWD
  • Fuel economy in city
  • In-town maneuverability
  • Resale value

Notable Features of the 2005 Ford Crown Victoria

  • V-8 engine
  • Five- or six-passenger seating
  • Full-size RWD layout
  • Standard ABS
  • Optional side-impact airbags

2005 Ford Crown Victoria Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Ford's traditional, full-size, rear-wheel-drive sedan got a new full-perimeter frame and some major upgrades in ride, comfort, safety, and steering and handling for 2003. Rack-and-pinion steering replaced the Crown Victoria's old recirculating-ball system, and the sizable sedan's turning circle was reduced by a foot.

Other than one new color and a newly available six-CD changer, little has changed for 2005. The Crown Victoria features a 4.6-liter V-8, and a power moonroof is optional on LX and LX Sport models for 2005.

The sedan earned five-star ratings for both front occupants in NHTSA frontal-impact crash tests. Mercury offers a similar Grand Marquis sedan with additional features and a higher price.

The Crown Victoria is offered in Standard, LX and LX Sport trim levels, along with an LX Premier Group option package that incorporates some of the features of the LX Sport.


Exterior
Styling features include wide door openings, wraparound aero headlights and color-keyed bodyside moldings. Riding a 114.7-inch wheelbase, the four-door sedan is 212 inches long overall and 58.3 inches tall.

Standard tires measure 16 inches in diameter, but the LX Sport sedan gets 17-inchers on aluminum wheels and a monochromatic exterior. Automatic-leveling rear air springs are available.


Interior
Five or six people fit inside the Crown Victoria, depending on whether a bench or bucket seats are installed up front. Standard and LX models feature the front bench seat. An overh...
Vehicle Overview
Ford's traditional, full-size, rear-wheel-drive sedan got a new full-perimeter frame and some major upgrades in ride, comfort, safety, and steering and handling for 2003. Rack-and-pinion steering replaced the Crown Victoria's old recirculating-ball system, and the sizable sedan's turning circle was reduced by a foot.

Other than one new color and a newly available six-CD changer, little has changed for 2005. The Crown Victoria features a 4.6-liter V-8, and a power moonroof is optional on LX and LX Sport models for 2005.

The sedan earned five-star ratings for both front occupants in NHTSA frontal-impact crash tests. Mercury offers a similar Grand Marquis sedan with additional features and a higher price.

The Crown Victoria is offered in Standard, LX and LX Sport trim levels, along with an LX Premier Group option package that incorporates some of the features of the LX Sport.


Exterior
Styling features include wide door openings, wraparound aero headlights and color-keyed bodyside moldings. Riding a 114.7-inch wheelbase, the four-door sedan is 212 inches long overall and 58.3 inches tall.

Standard tires measure 16 inches in diameter, but the LX Sport sedan gets 17-inchers on aluminum wheels and a monochromatic exterior. Automatic-leveling rear air springs are available.


Interior
Five or six people fit inside the Crown Victoria, depending on whether a bench or bucket seats are installed up front. Standard and LX models feature the front bench seat. An overhead console is standard in the LX and LX Sport models. The sedan's trunk holds 20.6 cubic feet of cargo, and a trunk organizer is offered as an option.

Standard equipment includes air conditioning, cruise control, a tilt steering column, a cassette stereo, and power windows, locks and mirrors. All Crown Victorias except the base model have a door-mounted keyless-entry pad. Remote keyless entry and a CD stereo are installed in the LX sedan. The LX Sport adds a cassette/CD stereo, electronic climate control, a floor-mounted gearshift lever and a full-length center console.


Under the Hood
In Standard and LX trims, the Crown Victoria's 4.6-liter V-8 produces 224 horsepower and 272 pounds-feet of torque and drives a four-speed-automatic transmission. Optional all-speed traction control uses the antilock braking system and throttle intervention to manage wheelspin. A more potent 239-hp version of the V-8, featuring a dual exhaust system, is standard in the LX Sport.

Safety
Antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution are standard. A dual-rate brake booster applies full braking power automatically in a panic stop. Side-impact airbags are optional.

Driving Impressions
Though 2005 has seen the introduction of other rear-drive models, relatively few choices are available for drivers who seek rear-drive motoring at a moderate cost. Fortunately, the Crown Vic yields a generally pleasant experience, led by an easygoing ride. As long as you don't expect sharp handling, this sedan can be a sensible purchase, but it's bigger than most people need.


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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.3)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.0)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Most reliable car I have owned.

by dpclub1 from Green Lane, PA on August 6, 2018

Fantastic. These crown Victoria police interceptors are the best. Super heavy duty, comfortable, economical, fast. The best car I have ever driven and owned and I have owned 447 vehicles over the past ... Read full review

(5.0)

Best used car ever period

by Moe money from Philadelphia pa on May 26, 2018

Best used car for its simplicity cost of ownership and proven durability, a Massachusetts Lt governor had Collied his car a crown Vic against a brick wall @90 mph he survived with minor injuries Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2005 Ford Crown Victoria currently has 6 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2005 Ford Crown Victoria Standard

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
acceptable
Overall Front
good
Restraints
acceptable
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Bumpers
poor
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

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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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