Lincoln Town Car2003-11 models built after May 2003
results also apply to: 2003-11 Ford Crown Victoria built after May 2003 | 2003-10 Mercury Grand Marquis built after May 2003
MODERATE OVERLAP FRONT TEST
|Structure/safety cage||Injury measures||Restraints/dummy kinematics|
|Head/neck||Chest||Leg/foot, left||Leg/foot, right|
Important: Frontal crash test ratings can be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.
Good Acceptable Marginal Poor
The Lincoln Town Car, Ford Crown Victoria, and Mercury Grand Marquis were re-engineered for the 2003 model year. Beginning with 2008 models, the Ford Crown Victoria was sold when new only to fleets. The Mercury Grand Marquis was discontinued after the 2010 model year.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has evaluated the crashworthiness of a 2003 Town Car in two 40 mph frontal offset crash tests into deformable barriers. In the first test, a high acceleration occurred when the dummy's head rebounded against the B-pillar, indicating a possibility of head injury. This led Lincoln to modify the frontal airbag deployment characteristics on models produced after May 2003 (note: information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured is on the certification label typically affixed to the car on or near the driver door).
The Institute tested a second Town Car with the modified airbags, and all head injury measures were low. Ratings of the Town Car listed here are from the second test.
Restraints/dummy kinematics — Dummy movement was reasonably well controlled in the second test. During rebound, the top of the head hit the roof rail and adjacent window frame between the A- and B-pillars. As in the first test, the driver's seat tipped toward the door.
Injury measures — In the second test, measures taken from the head, neck, and chest indicate low risk of injuries to these body regions in a crash of this severity. Forces on the left femur, knee, and tibia indicate that injuries to the leg and knee would be possible. Head acceleration from the roof rail/window frame hit was low.
Left to right:
- Action shot taken during the second of two frontal offset crash tests.
- The dummy's position in relation to the steering wheel and instrument panel after both crash tests indicates that the driver's survival space was maintained well (second test shown).
- Smeared red greasepaint indicates where the dummy's head hit the B-pillar during rebound in the first test, producing a high head acceleration.
- Forces on the lower left leg were high enough to indicate the possibility of injury in both tests (second test shown).
- Side airbags: front seat-mounted combination head and torso airbags (standard in Lincoln Town Car, standard in Mercury Grand Marquis and Ford Crown Victoria beginning with 2009 models, optional in 2003-08 Mercury Grand Marquis and Ford Crown Victoria models)
- Antilock brakes
- Daytime running lights (optional on 2006 and later Crown Victoria models sold to fleets)
Tested vehicle specifications:
- 2003 Lincoln Town Car Premium Signature 4-door
- Class: Large luxury car
- Weight: 4,339 lbs.
- Side airbags: front seat-mounted combination head and torso airbags
- Wheelbase: 118 in.
- Length: 215 in.
- Width: 78 in.
- Engine: 4.6 L V8
- EPA ratings: 17 mpg city | 25 mpg highway