Lincoln Cars

Lincoln is an automaker with a long history of building upscale vehicles for the American market. A division of Ford, Lincoln differentiates its vehicles through additional luxury features, more powerful engines and unique styling. The automaker's lineup includes cars, pickups and SUVs.

Lincoln Town Car

Lincoln Town Car Accessories Overview

Equipped with wide front and rear bench seats, the current Lincoln Town Car is one of the few six-passenger cars around. Both standard- and long-wheelbase models are offered, each powered by a V8 engine.

The Town Car is offered in two trim levels. The Signature serves as the base model, while the Signature Limited adds some minor extras such as an upgraded sound system, power-operated trunk and a memory system linking the seats, pedals and mirrors to preset preferences. The long-wheelbase Town Car Signature L is about as close to a limousine as a sedan can get. Six inches longer than the other styles, the Signature L features a much roomier, heated rear bench seat with separate audio and climate controls.

Lincoln Town Car PartsWith so much weight to pull around, the Lincoln Town Car's 4.6-liter V8 engine is incapable of providing quick acceleration in spite of its 239 horsepower and 287 pound-feet of torque. Not helping matters is a four-speed automatic that lacks the choice of gear ratios and fuel-economy benefits of the five- and six-speed automatics found on competitive sedans.

In editorial reviews, we appreciated this generation's stronger frame, sharpened steering and upgraded brakes. This model also earned favorable commentary for its abundant storage areas, magic-carpet ride quality, interior spaciousness and ability to swallow four sets of golf clubs in the huge trunk. Negative comments focused on the weak motor, soft handling and old-school interior and exterior design.

When the current-generation Lincoln Town Car was introduced in 2003, improvements included a strengthened frame, updated mechanicals, more formal styling and a new interior. Standard-wheelbase models were initially offered in three trim levels, all well equipped in terms of luxury amenities, but the Designer Series with its exterior enhancements was discontinued in 2008.

The 1998-2002 model, despite lacking the current model's updates, offered the same brand of quiet, roomy comfort. It was offered in Executive, Signature and Cartier editions, and beginning in 2002, the latter two trim levels were available in long-wheelbase form. Between 1998 and 2000, the Town Car was powered by a 4.6-liter V8 that produced 205 hp. In 2001, hp was bumped up to 220 for Executive and Signature editions, while Cartier versions produced 235 hp.

Between 1990 and 1997, the Town Car was boxy, slab-sided and formal. However, its radiused edges, flush-mounted windows and lighting elements made it appear infinitely more modern and aerodynamic than the carriage-like pre-1990 models. In 1991, an overhead-cam 4.6-liter V8 was installed that, with 190 hp, was significantly more powerful than the 5.0-liter V8 in previous Town Cars. In 1994, hp rose once again to 210. Other notable developments for mid-1990s Town Car models included Lincoln Town Car accessories like an optional Handling Package with firmer suspension and matched tires introduced for 1993, and a subtle but tasteful interior and exterior restyle for 1995.

Most editorial reviewers of the time noted the Town Car's strength as a serene reading room on wheels while lamenting its ponderous driving dynamics. However, there was universal acknowledgement that the Lincoln Town Car never has been for spirited drivers, but rather for those who grew up believing that big, comfortable, rear-wheel-drive American luxury cars were the ultimate reward for a job well done. And for them, this Town Car was a perfect fit.

Lincoln Town Car Road Test