Mercury Grand Marquis LS is Mercury Division's top-of-the-line model. And
what a showoff it has become. The '92 model sports an entirely new exterior.
It's not just a cosmetic touch-up, but a complete redesign, and it takes
Mercury's high-profile model out of the realm of the boxy and into the modern
world of sleek and aero.
Along with its sister car the Ford Crown Victoria, it is the very last of
Ford Motor Co. cars to yield to the aerodynamic clarion call. The result? One
of the best-looking, quietest and most efficient large cars in the automotive
Not only is the new sleek exterior pleasing to the eye, it is functional.
The air-drag coefficient (Cd) has been lowered from its 1991 rating of 0.45 to
a slippery 0.36 for the newly designed 1992 model. The functionality of the
air-drag reduction is very noticeable in the quieter interior (the wind flows
smoother over low Cd surfaces and therefore doesn't create as much noise) and
no doubt also contributes to the car's upgraded 1992 EPA mileage rating.
For another thousand bucks or so, one can step up from the Ford Crown
Victoria to the Mercury Marquis. Is the move worth it considering that these
are identical cars except for trim and other minor changes sported by the
Well, as much as I liked the Crown Vic, I think the Mercury Marquis goes it
one better. I prefer its interior, which is neatly arranged and cleaner; the
strip of simulated wood across the dash gives it a touch of richness. And I
personally like the exterior refinements that make this a Marquis and not a
The Marquis boasts one of the largest trunks in the business, nearly 21
cubic feet. What's more, it's easy to load and big enough to accommodate
luggage for the six passengers it is capable of carrying. EPA's overall
interior volume index is 111.4 cubic feet; that makes for a big car in anyone's
The Marquis is offered in two models: the entry-level GS and the
high-profile LS. Base price for the LS is $19,789. Our as-tested model totaled
$25,918. That price included a raft of options: a preferred equipment package
($2,199), leather seat trim ($555), electronic instrumentation ($516), six-way
dual power front seats ($489), a trailer tow package ($490), anti-lock brakes
with traction assist ($1,035) JBL sound system ($488) - you get the idea.
Power for the Marquis is provided by a 4.6-liter, OHC V-8 that is rated at
190 horsepower at 4,200 rpm and has a maximum torque rating of 260 foot pounds
at 3,200 rpm. Choose the optional dual exhaust system and you get an
accompanying boost in the horsepower to 210, with torque going to 270.
The fuel economy isn't bad either; although the new engine boasts a
40-horsepower increase over the previous model's engine, it still gets better
fuel economy than its less-powerful ancestor.
EPA rates the Marquis at 18 mpg/city and 25 mpg/highway. Our week with the
car averaged 19.7 mpg. Not bad considering it was mostly city driving.
This is a quiet and powerful engine and is coupled to a four-speed automatic
overdrive transmission. But as nice and as smooth as the combination is, it's
going to get even better. The middle of the model year - just about now,
actually - will see the '92 Marquis outfitted with a new electronically
controlled automatic transmission.
The upgrade will result in even better fuel economy because EPA estimated
mileage increases to 19 mpg/city and 27 mpg/highway. And - if it's possible -
the new transmission will provide the Marquis with even smoother,
less-noticeable shift points. Might be worth waiting for.
The newly redesigned Mercury Marquis is, in my opinion, one of the best
things Ford has come up with since it introduced the Taurus. For those of you
who think American-made - I know, I know, it's made in Canada and has a number
of foreign-made parts in it -- means inferior, slip behind the wheel of this
big cruiser and I'll bet you change your mind fast.
Comments by my wife Rogga: If you're
looking for superb luxury in a quiet and smooth-riding car that still gets
decent gas mileage you won't have to go much further than the Mercury Marquis.
Although the options on our tester prodded its price up to over $25,000, it
seems to me to be one of the best larger cars we have ever tested that checks
in at a base price under $20,000.
The interior is immaculately tailored and seems to fit and work with
precision and ease. There's plenty of room, even for tall ones.
Kyle, at 6 feet 1 inch, never complained when he had to sit in back and even
offered that it was much like riding in a limo. That's high praise coming from
a teen-ager enamored with sports cars and four-wheel-drive vehicles.
Comments by my 17-year-old son Kyle: Why
does Ford make two identical cars and call them by different names? Wouldn't it
be cheaper and smarter to make only one model? Or maybe I have a lot to learn
Each week Bob Sikorsky test-drives a vehicle furnished by a
manufacturer or a local dealer, with the understanding that Sikorsky will
report what he likes and what he doesn't like about each vehicle.
NUMBERS AND DOLLARS
Name: 1992 Mercury Grand Marquis LS
Base sticker price: $19,789
Price of test vehicle: $25,918
Engine information: 4.6-liter, OHC V-8, 190 hp at 4,200 rpm; torque equals
260 ft. lbs. at 3,200 rpm
Compression ratio: 9.0:1
EPA estimated mileage: 18 mpg city/25 mpg highway
Fuel system: sequential electronic fuel injection
Transmission: 4-speed automatic overdrive
Steering: power recirculating ball
Brakes: power-assist 4-wheel discs
Curb weight: 3,768 pounds
Length/wheelbase: 212.4 inches/114.4 inches
Suspension, front: independent S.L.A., coil springs, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rear: four-bar link, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Trunk area: 20.6 cu. ft.
Coefficient of drag (Cd): 0.36
Safety features: optional anti-lock brakes with traction assist,
driver's-side air bag, optional passenger's-side air bag, childproof rear door