The Lincoln Town Car enters 2005 with very few changes. The optional navigation system includes a THX-certified audiophile system; there are four new exterior colours; a new two-spoke steering wheel; new front crash severity sensors; and there’s an occupant weight sensor and seat track position sensor for the front passenger seat.

Lincoln’s largest luxury car comes in two lines for consumer sales, the Signature Limited and the long-wheelbase Signature L limousine (there are three additional models for fleet sales only).

The sole powertrain is a 4.6-litre V8 with a four-speed automatic transmission.

Both models come with dual-zone electronic climate control, anti-theft alarm, AM/FM cassette stereo with trunk-mounted six-CD changer, power deck lid including release and pull-down, front cornering lamps, power heated mirrors with puddle lamps and auto-dimming on the driver’s side, remote keyless entry with driver door entry keypad, rear parking assist, auto-dimming rearview mirror, 17-inch chrome wheels, heated leather 40/20/40 front seat with eight-way power driver and passenger adjustments, dual power recliners, easy entry/exit driver’s seat and driver setting memory, power-adjustable pedals, wood-insert steering wheel with audio, climate and speed controls, and power windows.

The Signature Limited package includes high-intensity discharge headlamps, navigation system with in-dash six-CD changer, and power moonroof.

Extra features added to the Signature L series are for the rear passengers: heated rear seats, fold-down armrest with storage and redundant audio and climate control, front passenger seat fore and aft controls, illuminated rear door cigar lighter, and one-piece carpeted floor mat. The headlamps and stereo found on the Signature Limited package can be added to the L as options.

The Town Car may be a dinosaur, but what a dinosaur it is. Huge, ridiculously comfortable and with better handling and brakes than its size would suggest, it continues to sell fairly well in a world where many people now associate luxury with faster, nimbler Teutonic sedans. You won’t want to throw it into the corners on a twisty mountain road, but when you’ve got to eat up a lot of highway miles, this is the way to do it. The Buick Park Avenue Ultra rides nicely for $5,775 less, and rival-since-the-dawn-of-time Cadillac DeVille even undercuts it by $1,935. But they’re both front-wheel-drive to the Town Car’s rear-wheel, body-on-frame construction. Sure, the enthusiasts will smirk, but let them. Sink into that butter-soft leather, and tell the chauffeur where you want to go.

The Town Car is built in Wixom, Michigan.

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