For 2007, the Ford Grand Marquis drops from two trim lines to one: the GS and LS Premium of 2006 merge into a single line, called the LS Ultimate.

The model is sold as a Mercury in the U.S., but as that brand is no longer sold in Canada, the Grand Marquis is badged as a Ford north of the border. It is a sister car to the Ford Crown Victoria, which is sold as a consumer vehicle in the U.S. but available only for fleet sales in Canada.

The six-passenger Grand Marquis is powered by a 4.6-litre Triton V8 engine mated to a four-speed automatic transmission with rear-wheel drive.

Standard features include 16-inch chromed aluminum wheels, four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, automatic air conditioning with wheel-mounted controls, heated mirrors, power sunroof, cruise control, power locks with keyless entry, auto-dimming mirror, garage door opener, 50/50 split bench with eight-way power driver and passenger adjustment and two-way power lumbar support, heated leather seats, CD/cassette stereo with wheel-mounted controls, automatic headlamps, fog lamps, and security system with ignition disable.

Available options include laminated side security glass, a six-CD Audiophile stereo and two-tone paint.

The Canadian-built Grand Marquis has been around for a long time, probably due to the fact that its sister Crown Victoria is still in demand with police and taxi fleets. Still, it’s big and comfortable, and it’s one of the few remaining full-size six-passenger sedans in a world of bucket seats and consoles. It has serious competition from the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger, which also have a rear-wheel drive configuration and V8 engine, and also the Buick Allure, which definitely matches it in comfort.

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