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Lincoln Town Car Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 4.6 L V 8-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 239 hp @ 4900 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 15/23 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2006 Lincoln Town Car

  • If you want a big American luxury car for a reasonable price, the 2006 Lincoln Town Car is the only game in town, but equivalently priced European and Japanese luxury sedans are better in almost every respect.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Roomy interior, quiet cabin, huge trunk, good crash test scores, availability of a long-wheelbase model.

  • Cons

    Interior looks ancient compared to European and Japanese sedans in this price range, missing the latest luxury features, poor resale value.

  • What's New for 2006

    Changes for 2006 are limited to new wheel designs.

Gas Mileage


  • 15
  • cty
  • 23
  • highway
Calculate Yearly Fuel Costs
What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Rugged, dependable, smooth, quiet...

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Vehicle: 2006 Lincoln Town Car Designer Series 4dr Sedan (4.6L 8cyl 4A)

Why is the panther platform the 1st choice for patrol cars, taxi and livery service? For the very same reason it's MY 1st choice! Built like a bull, quiet as a mouse and smooth as a... panther. I repair my own cars as much as possible, and these cars break down the least of any, and when they do, they're cheap and easy to fix. Not to mention the inherent safety of a full size, body on frame vehicle. Just took delivery of a 2006 Designer and it's no different than my previous Town Cars and Grand Marquis' in comfort and roominess. This platform has been tweaked to perfection as far as drive-ability.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

I love this car.......

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Vehicle: 2006 Lincoln Town Car Designer Series 4dr Sedan (4.6L 8cyl 4A)

This car is a commuters dream; I drive from Scranton to NYC daily and I must say this is the best car for commuting ever! I have had other cars nothing compares to the Lincoln Town Car. I would say for the price I paid, and that fact that any garage anywhere can do a quick service on it with out any difficulty is perfect for me. I love the ride, it is perfect for NYC potholes. This car has 200,000 miles on it everything still works. No problems at all.

Love it

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Vehicle: 2006 Lincoln Town Car Designer Series 4dr Sedan (4.6L 8cyl 4A)

Just love my Town Car. Flawless. Never had problem #1. Love the silky smooth ride & the improved suspension and better cornering. Great interior, huge trunk, decent gas mileage. Love the fog lights & power glass moonroof as well as the in dash cassette & in dash CD and trunk mounted CD changer. Great to have a car again with cornering lights, too. They tried to interest me in a simulated convertible top, but I like the look of the metal top. Like the white walls with the chrome wheels and I installed the aftermarket chrome tail lamp 360-degee trim. Really looks elegant. The power close trunk is ideal when taking big bulky heavey things out of the trunk. Push button on key & it shuts

10 of 14 people found this review helpful

I love my 14th town

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Vehicle: 2006 Lincoln Town Car Designer Series 4dr Sedan (4.6L 8cyl 4A)

My 2006 Lincoln Town Designer Series is my 14th Town Car since 1986! And I can say that this 2006 edition is still the best luxury car on the US market. No other luxury car can boast the quality of ride, ease of handling, quickness and smoothness of response to various driving and road conditions, build quality, luxury appointments and reliability that the Town Car continues to offer. My fuel economy experience is in the 20 city/28 highway range. I have never had a mechanical problem with any of my 14 Town Cars. I have tried the Japanese, German, English and American luxury vehicles and none can compare to the Lincoln Town Car!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

This is a great car

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Vehicle: 2006 Lincoln Town Car Designer Series 4dr Sedan (4.6L 8cyl 4A)

I love the car, it has style, room and get up and go when you need it. About 27 mpg on the hwy way. I always smile when I see it. To me it says, "you have made it"


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Vehicle: 2006 Lincoln Town Car Designer Series 4dr Sedan (4.6L 8cyl 4A)

The air conditiong fan creates deafening noises at most speeds. Seats are uncomfortable...passengers bottom out at every bump. every road anomally, bumps, cracks, patches etc can be felt thru the floor boards, steering wheel and the seats. I was a recent owner of a 2002 Cadillac and without a doubt, the Lincoln, by comparison, is not a Luxury Car. The suspension was probably designed by an ex jeep designer... The gas pedal frequenly causes the vehicle to jump from a start position. Lacks the smoothness of previously owned cars.


Full 2006 Lincoln Town Car Review

What's New for 2006

Changes for 2006 are limited to new wheel designs.


Lincoln first used the Town Car nomenclature to define an upgraded interior trim on the 1969-1971 Continental, but a Town Sedan version of the 1949 Cosmopolitan is probably the true source of the current model's name. The Town Sedan lasted just one year, and it wasn't until 1972 that "Town Car" was used to delineate the most luxurious versions of the Continental sedan. Continental coupes of the time were called, not surprisingly, Town Coupe.

In any case, the Town Car has been Lincoln's flagship sedan since the early 1980s, and it has one of the highest owner loyalty ratings in the luxury car segment. With its size and relatively modest price, the Lincoln Town Car is also a favorite of livery services and limousine converters. An extensive redesign of the Town Car's suspension, exterior and interior for 1998 boosted the refinement levels a few notches. Further refinements in 2003 helped usher the platform into this century. Nevertheless, the 2006 Lincoln Town Car remains an old-school example of rear-drive Detroit steel and this helps keep its price relatively affordable -- exactly what Town Car loyalists want. However, discerning shoppers are apt to find modern cars like the Chrysler 300C, Infiniti Q45 and even the Toyota Avalon more qualified in nearly every area.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The Lincoln Town Car is offered in Signature, Signature Limited and Designer trim. The Signature is available in regular- or long-wheelbase (called the L) form, while the Signature Limited and Designer comes with the regular wheelbase only. Standard equipment on the Signature includes 17-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control with vents for rear passengers, leather upholstery, eight-way power front seats, power-adjustable pedals, a CD player, an analog clock for the dashboard, automatic headlamps and rear parking sensors. The Signature Limited adds heated front seats, driver seat memory, a wood-and-leather steering wheel, an upgraded audio system with an in-dash CD changer and a full power open/close trunk. The Designer includes chrome trim, Provence leather seating, adjustable rear headrests and two-tone door panels. The Signature L adds a 6-inch wheelbase extension for increased rear-seat room and builds upon the standard Signature model's equipment list with dual rear-seat power points, four-way rear head restraints, heated rear seats and remote controls for audio, climate and the front-passenger seat. Various options on the Lincoln car include HID headlights, chrome wheels, a trunk-mounted CD changer, a moonroof and a navigation system paired with a THX-certified audio system.

Powertrains and Performance

All Town Car models are powered by a 4.6-liter V8 rated at 239 horsepower and 287 pound-feet of torque. A standard four-speed automatic transmission sends the power to the rear wheels. Fuel economy is rated at 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.


The Town Car comes standard with front-seat side airbags and three-point seatbelts for all five seating positions. All-speed traction control is standard, as is four-wheel ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and BrakeAssist technology, which applies full braking power in a panic stop. Stability control and side curtain airbags are not available. In NHTSA testing, the Lincoln Town Car earned five stars (the best rating given) for all front and side-impact crash tests.

Interior Design and Special Features

Boasting large interior dimensions and a massive trunk (20.6 cubic feet), the Town Car's primary mission is to transport multiple passengers to their destination silently and comfortably. Buyers can also select the L version, which offers a whopping 47 inches of rear legroom thanks to its 6-inch-longer wheelbase.

Driving Impressions

Thrust from the V8 should be fully adequate for most buyers. Passing maneuvers are accomplished with ease, and freeway cruising at 80 mph is hushed. The 2006 Lincoln Town Car has no peer when it comes to transporting large (or large numbers of) people. Besides offering a comfortable ride, this Lincoln car is a decent handler -- the steering has some feel to it, and the body doesn't roll too much around corners. Compared to premium luxury sedans like the BMW 7 Series, Infiniti Q45, Lexus LS 430 and Mercedes S-Class, the Town Car's mediocre levels of refinement quickly stand out, but none of those cars can match the Lincoln's under-$50,000 price tag.


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