Wednesday, October 26, 2011
2011 Lincoln Town Car
Spend more than a few minutes outside any major U.S. airport and you'll see dozens of shiny black livery cars waiting to pick up arriving bigwigs. Look closer and you'll discover most of them are virtually identical to the 2011 Lincoln Town Car.
That's because this grande dame of the Lincoln lineup hasn't had a major mechanical redesign in, well, decades. Which, oddly enough, is both this full-size luxury sedan's greatest strength and fundamental weakness.
On the plus side, the Town Car is one of the few remaining sedans on the market to offer seating for six passengers. Rear-seat legroom is abundant, especially in the 6-inch-longer "L" body style. Other benefits of driving a car that's roughly 18 feet long include a downright cavernous trunk and excellent crash test scores.
The downsides of the Town Car's anachronistic nature become readily apparent from the driver seat. The combination of its body-on-frame design and a solid rear axle contribute to the car's lackluster handling and nautical ride quality. The 239-horsepower 4.6-liter V8 and four-speed automatic transmission are about as outdated as you can get, delivering both poor fuel economy and meager acceleration.
The 2011 Town Car’s have comfortable interior and a vast (21.1 Cubic Feet) trunk, enough to hold four golf bags. Such goodies include 17-inch alloy wheels, premium leather upholstery, front power-adjustable and multi-level-heated bench seats, a fold-down rear-seat center armrest with storage, digital keypad door locks, power windows and heated mirrors, steering-wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls, dual-zone climate control, leather, alloy, and wood dash, steering wheel, and cabin trim accents, memory for driver’s settings, and a 190-watt premium sound system with 6-CD changer and nine speakers. The stretched Signature L adds heated rear seats to the standard equipment list.
The Signature L adds 6 inches of wheelbase and therefore substantially more rear-seat legroom (not that the regular Town Car was lacking in this department). It also features heated rear seats, rear-seat audio and climate controls, a folding armrest with a storage bin and two power points, rear-seat vanity mirrors and redundant fore-aft controls for the front passenger seat.
Options for both trim levels include chrome-clad wheels, whitewall tires and xenon headlights. The Continental Edition package adds polished aluminum wheels, chrome B-pillar trim and special badging and interior stitching.
2011 Lincoln Town Car air bags front side of the seat as standard, but does not offer curtain. anti-lock brakes and traction control are standard, but stability control is not available. Town Car received a top five-star rating from the governance front and side crash test categories, and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave top ratings to the Town Car Collision “good” offset front.
Town Car is a luxury full sized sedan manufactured by Lincoln division of Ford Motors. Lincoln Town Car remains as one of the best selling cars in America. In 2003 face lift model of Lincoln Town Car was launched. 2011 Lincoln Town Car is a luxury sedan available in two models. All Lincoln Town Car is capable of accommodating six individuals.
The rear-wheel-drive 2011 Lincoln Town Car comes with a flex-fuel 4.6-liter V8 good for 239 hp and 287 pound-feet of torque. A four-speed automatic transmission is standard. Expect a 0-60 time in the mid-8-second range for the Signature Limited and longer for the heavier Signature L. EPA fuel economy estimates are 16 mpg city/24 mpg highway and 19 mpg combined, which is worse than the 355-hp Lincoln MKS EcoBoost.
The 2011 Lincoln Town Car comes standard with front-seat side airbags, but it doesn't offer side curtain airbags. Antilock brakes and traction control are also standard, but stability control is unavailable. The Town Car received the top five-star rating from the government in front and side crash test categories, and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Town Car the highest rating of "Good" for offset frontal impacts.
On the road, the 2011 Lincoln Town Car's V8 engine produces enough low-end torque to make this huge vehicle feel faster than it is. The engine runs out of steam quickly, however, which explains why the car's overall performance lags behind virtually every other luxury sedan on the market.
Cruising down the freeway the Town Car's suspension delivers a smooth ride, at least as long as it doesn't run into any significant pavement irregularities. If it does, the rear end can get jiggly or float like a yacht on the high seas. Handling is decent enough compared to the boatlike driving character of previous generations, but it still pales in comparison to the capabilities of virtually all of its more modern competitors.