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2001 Mercury Grand Marquis

$886 — $6,302 USED
Sedan
5-6 Seats
21 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Posted on 5/29/01
Vehicle Overview
Mercury’s rear-drive sedan gets more horsepower, dual-stage front airbags and power-adjustable pedals as its key changes for 2001. The Grand Marquis and similar Ford Crown Victoria are the last traditional full-size, rear-drive family sedans with V-8 engines. Both are built on the same platform as the Lincoln Town Car, which wears different styling and has larger dimensions.

The dual-stage 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 some less severe crashes if sensors detect that the seat belts are buckled.

While two-thirds of Crown Victoria sales go to police squads and taxicab companies, most Grand Marquis sales are to retail customers. Restyled versions of both are expected for the 2002 model year but will retain their current mechanical design.

Exterior
The Grand Marquis and Crown Vic both have a 114.7-inch wheelbase and a 212-inch overall length, which makes them a foot longer than the Buick LeSabre, the best-selling full-size car. The only styling differences between the Ford and Mercury versions are their unique grilles, taillights and exterior trim.

Interior
With bench seats in the front and rear and a wide interior, the Grand Marquis has space for six people. Large doors facilitate entry and exit. Middle passengers, however, have to straddle a large driveshaft tunnel and don’t have as muc...
Posted on 5/29/01
Vehicle Overview
Mercury’s rear-drive sedan gets more horsepower, dual-stage front airbags and power-adjustable pedals as its key changes for 2001. The Grand Marquis and similar Ford Crown Victoria are the last traditional full-size, rear-drive family sedans with V-8 engines. Both are built on the same platform as the Lincoln Town Car, which wears different styling and has larger dimensions.

The dual-stage 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 some less severe crashes if sensors detect that the seat belts are buckled.

While two-thirds of Crown Victoria sales go to police squads and taxicab companies, most Grand Marquis sales are to retail customers. Restyled versions of both are expected for the 2002 model year but will retain their current mechanical design.

Exterior
The Grand Marquis and Crown Vic both have a 114.7-inch wheelbase and a 212-inch overall length, which makes them a foot longer than the Buick LeSabre, the best-selling full-size car. The only styling differences between the Ford and Mercury versions are their unique grilles, taillights and exterior trim.

Interior
With bench seats in the front and rear and a wide interior, the Grand Marquis has space for six people. Large doors facilitate entry and exit. Middle passengers, however, have to straddle a large driveshaft tunnel and don’t have as much legroom as outboard occupants. The front seat is a split bench with a folding center armrest. Map pockets on the front doors are a new standard feature. The power-adjustable pedals, a new option, move fore and aft over a 3-inch range.

Though trunk volume is an impressive 20.6 cubic feet, much of the space is in a deep well that makes loading and unloading heavy items a strain.

Under the Hood
Two versions of Ford’s 4.6-liter V-8 engine are available. The standard version generates 220 horsepower, 20 hp more than last year as a result of internal changes and revised electronic controls. An optional handling package includes a dual exhaust system that boosts horsepower to 235, also 20 hp more than last year. Both engines come with a four-speed automatic transmission.

Antilock brakes and traction control are optional.

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

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.9
19 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(5.0)

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(5.0)

Merc. Grd Marquis if the dictionary - Perfect car

by Mullet Wrapper from Ft. Walton Bch., FL on November 1, 2018

I bought this car from friend 3 years ago. No idea what a great car. Over 20 mpg all the time from a 17 yrs old car. The V8 leaps when needed and still runs quiet and rides smooth. Great radio w/6 ... Read full review

(5.0)

Nice ride

by ICE007 from EL PASO on September 28, 2017

The Gran Marquis is one of the best full size cars! The car has excellent stability , smooth drive. easy to control. it is comfortable and spacious. Also it has huge trunk. The only thing is the Gran ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2001 Mercury Grand Marquis currently has 5 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2001 Mercury Grand Marquis GS

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 Grand Marquis 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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