things just keep getting better with time. Mention that
to a typical Lincoln Town Car fan and she or he will probably
the premium luxury sedan -- Lincoln's venerable flagship
-- has changed less than some premier competitors, it has
a hugely loyal following among past and present Town Car
owners. Comfort, security, dependability, lots of stretch-out
space for no-excuses relaxation and solid driving credentials
from the 4.6-liter V8 all come in a well-tailored, formal
executive look. The package has earned the highest marks
among Lincoln buyers, who repeatedly have put Town Car at
the top of Ford's American luxury vehicle sales list.
is the third year of the current model do-over, so changes
for '05 tend to be refinements rather than renovations.
Gone are the previous Ultimate and Ultimate L models. Instead,
the series now includes three trim levels: Signature, Signature
Signature L (plus three trims for limousine use. You might
have ridden in one from the airport during a business trip
or on the way to a black tie governor's ball.)
takes pride in the Town Car as the first-ever vehicle to
have won the government's top 5-star safety rating in all
five crash test categories. The '05 model year is the vehicle's
second consecutive win.
for '05 include safety system sensor upgrades, the transfer
of the six CD changer from trunk to the more accessible
dash, improved armrests, and three new clear coat metallic
color options -- Light Ice Blue, Charcoal Beige and Norsea
Blue. New THX-audio, plus Sirius satellite radio compatibility
in the navigation system option was due late in the model
year. A long list of amenities such as adjustable pedals,
rear park assist and passive anti-theft ignition continue
in '05. Pricing ranges from $42,875 for the base Signature
model to $51,345 for the long wheelbase L.
a version has long been a favorite as America's executive
cruiser for those who ride in Donald Trump billionaire style
-- or simply wish they could. This year's Signature L models
have a wheelbase stretched six inches to accommodate that
purpose. Ultimate tweaks include a rear seat amenities package
with heated seats and remote audio and climate controls,
plus a tissue bin ad illuminated cigar lighter. Even without
a personal driver, those are luxury living touches that
would have to rank high on a personal satisfaction scale.