1997 Lincoln Town Car Appears to Achieve Pinnacle of Motoring

By Keane, Tom | The Washington Times (Washington, DC), January 24, 1997 | Go to article overview

1997 Lincoln Town Car Appears to Achieve Pinnacle of Motoring


Keane, Tom, The Washington Times (Washington, DC)


One advantage of a big car is ride comfort. Its long wheelbase seems to smooth out the road, and the Lincoln Town Car's wheelbase is exceptionally long.

This is an ideal car for a long journey. To spend hours traveling, whether it be as a passenger or a driver, and arrive without feeling weary is just one of the benefits of this $45,000 full-size, six-passenger sedan. The other advantages are many thoughtful features.

This luxury car has another feature that is becoming a rarity: rear-wheel drive. Some claim RWD offers better handling, others prefer it for towing, but high-speed handling or dragging a trailer would be out of character for this beauty. I view the Town Car as an executive car, especially the high-line Cartier Series that has a rear quarter window to add to its prestigious appearance.

Most of the time I felt I was playing the role of a chauffeur, enjoying a very luxurious automobile that has an exceptionally smooth ride and quiet interior. I also drove more miles than usual - just for relaxation. And I purposely drove over bumpy roads just to enjoy its elegant ride.

This heavy car has a strong V-8 engine that has respectable acceleration, but the real beauty of its powertrain is the transmission. It's smooth and quiet. The steering is another feature of note. Lincoln engineers improved the steering on the 1997 model so that it has a higher degree of stability, precision and smoothness.

Yet when parking this big boat, the power steering becomes soft and easy while turning the wheel. And I appreciated that, for mooring an 18-foot boat takes a bit of maneuvering.

I also appreciate the location of the cruise controls on almost all Ford products, and the Town Car is no exception. The buttons are on the steering wheel and to adjust my speed, all I had to do was tap it up or down. As for the climate control, after setting it once, there was no further need to change it. …

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