Great for its time, but no longer relevant
January 12, 2019
I grew up with Crown Vic's and Grand Marquis, with my dad owning a 92 and an 03 Crown Vic, and my uncle owning an 87 Crown Vic, and multiple Grand Marquis ranging from 88 to 06. The 2003 Crown Vic drives just like those old big boats of old. Big, long hood, tall A pillars holding up a large windshield, and then a long trunk hanging out behind the rear glass. Large, thin steering wheel that takes half a turn before the car starts to respond; column shifter and large hump in the middle of the front bench seat, allowing only a small passenger between the driver and the front passenger seat. But hit a bump and you'll never feel it. The car just floats right over imperfections in the road. The V8 is powerful and gets the big car moving with ease, and surprisingly doesn't gulp fuel the way you might expect. However, the brake pedal is soft and mushy, requiring a deeper push before inspiring confidence. The exterior will forever be iconic. When you drive by a Crown Vic, there's no mistaking it for anything else. The interior, while large, actually isn't much larger in terms of usable space than your average midsize or large sedan today. The driveline hump that runs directly in the middle eats up legroom, and there isn't much storage space besides the door bins, seat pockets, and the enormous trunk. The materials look and feel cheap, even by 2003 standards. But people don't buy Crown Vic's for the interior materials. The seats are not very supportive, especially on long drives. But honestly, that's when the Crown Vic is at its best; long highway cruising. This car will always be a classic and a throwback to a much simpler and different time, when cars were meant just to transport family and cargo from point A to point B safely and somewhat comfortably.