Crown Victoria is a sedan for traditional large-car buyers who seek the features offered in the American cars they grew up with – roominess, comfort, smooth ride, V-8 power and rear-wheel drive. Size, safety and dependability remain hallmarks for 2004 amid a simpler array of models and equipment.
Crown Victoria is available in Standard, LX and LX Sport trim levels. In six-passenger Standard and LX trim, the Crown Victoria offers 111.2 cubic feet of passenger volume. The trunk is the largest in its class, with 20.6 cubic feet of space. Crown Victoria’s low liftover height makes loading and unloading easy. It is built in St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada.
Design and Equipment
The Crown Victoria’s clean styling features wide door openings, large glass areas for good visibility, wraparound aerodynamic headlamps and standard foldaway remote-control power outside mirrors. The color-keyed body-side moldings help protect from parking-lot dings.
The LX Sport model has a monochromatic exterior. Body-color grille, bumpers, deck-lid applique and taillamp trim are standard with the Dark Toreador Red, Midnight Gray, Silver Birch and Black exterior colors.
The LX Sport interior includes front bucket seats with leather trim and a leather-wrapped handle on the gear selector located in the center console. The console includes large and small storage bins, a padded armrest and concealed power point. The console and rear armrest both offer dual cup holders.
Crown Victoria is powered by a 4.6-liter, single-overhead-cam V-8 engine that develops 224 horsepower at 4,800 rpm and 272 foot-pounds of torque at 4,000 rpm.
The optional handling and performance package has a dual exhaust system that increases the engine’s performance to 239 horsepower at 4,900 rpm and 287 foot-pounds of torque at 4,100 rpm. A fail-safe cooling system on all models helps protect the engine from potential damage due to coolant loss.
Crown Victoria uses an electronically controlled four-speed automatic overdrive transmission. A revised torque converter improves off-the-line acceleration this year.
Safety and Security
Since 1996, Crown Victoria has earned the U.S. government’s highest safety rating – double five-star – for frontal crash protection. Major contributors to Crown Victoria’s safety performance are a robust frame design, a large crumple zone and Ford Motor Company’s Personal Safety System™ .
In government side crash testing, the 2003 Crown Victoria earned double four-star ratings. Upgrades for the 2004 model build on this strong performance with optional seat-mounted side air bags for the front outboard seats.
Other safety features include BeltMinder™, child safety locks on the rear doors, LATCH, SmartLock™ and a glow-in-the-dark internal trunk release handle.
Laminated front side glass is available on the 2004 Crown Victoria to provide extra security against “smash-and-grab” break-ins and thefts. It also reduces road and wind noise, improves protection from flying glass in a collision and filters out most of the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays, thus reducing heat buildup and fading of the interior.
Major Equipment and Options
Crown Victoria Standard: 4.6L, 224-hp V-8 engine, four-speed automatic overdrive transmission, P225/60TR16 all-season BSW tires, full solar tinted glass, dual front air bags, courtesy lamps, map pockets, power locks, power windows, air conditioning, AM/FM stereo with cassette, tilt steering wheel and speed control.
LX adds to Standard: 16-inch alloy 18-spoke wheels, AM/FM stereo with single CD, cloth eight-way power passenger seat, overhead console and remote keyless entry.
LX Sport adds to LX: 4.6L, 239-hp V-8, 3.27:1 rear axle, P235/55HR17 all-season BSW tires, 17-inch alloy five-spoke wheels, electronic climate control, AM/FM stereo with cassette and single CD, center console, floor shifter, auto-dim rearview mirror, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio and climate controls, leather eight-way power front seats with lumbar support and handling package.
The LX Premier Group adds to LX: electronic climate control, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio and climate controls, power passenger seat, auto-dimming rearview mirror, AM/FM stereo with cassette and single CD player.
Handling and Performance Package (available on LX and standard on LX Sport) includes revised springs and monotube shocks, rear heavy-duty stabilizer bar, rear load-leveling air suspension, dual exhaust, performance torque convertor and a 3.27:1 axle ratio.
Options include side air bags in front seats, all-speed traction control with electronic brake force distribution, six-disc CD changer, heated rearview mirrors, electronic instrumentation, laminated side glass, power adjustable pedals full-size spare and a trunk organizer.