are when there's nothing better than driving in pure comfort. The feeling is just
so good. (Like tucking your bare toes under the cushion edge of an overstuffed
chair as you pore over a good novel.)
are no exaggerated road bumps to jar you. No sliding sideways as you careen around
a corner a little too fast just to show off the motor-on-wheels and barely bottom-sized
cockpit. That's not what Lincoln's Town Car is about. You could classify it, instead,
as touchy-feely. We choose it for its height-boosting adjustable pedals; steady
handling and solid, time-tested ride under girded by Five Star governmental crashworthy
scores in all five categories (a ranking that brought it a top Consumer Reports
We choose it for those who prefer to travel in unabashed, spacey
rear-drive comfort for as many as six, without having to climb to near sport utility
heights to eke out sufficient space. The sixth person is a bit of a stretch here.
But name one other full-size, full-powered luxury car with a drop down front seat
armrest that converts to a mid-row seat with lap- belt or can pop out a dual cup
holder for those long drive coffee breaks.
luxury in formal dress that won't cramp the style of rear seat passengers as the
standard 4.6-liter, 239 hp V-8 guides it down the road - with regular instead
of high test generating respectable mileage (from 17 to 25 EPA). A side-mounted,
space saver spare leaves low-bottomed room for gear above a rear leveling suspension
for heavy trunk loads. Obstacle sensors give you plenty of "beep" room
when backing up. Among options: A six-disc CD changer and probing high intensity
headlamps to keep long, lonely stretches of roadway in view. For '05, Lincoln
adds SIRIUS satellite radio (via dealer) through the touch screen navigation system.
American-made Town Car ratchets from the $40 to $50 K range -- a lot of vehicle
for the money when compared with some competitive models. Our test model inspired
one admirer, considering coast-to-coast travel, to call it "the car I would
want if I had a lot of driving to do."