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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 16/24 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2009 Lincoln Town Car

  • The 2009 Lincoln Town Car may appeal to those who appreciate an old-fashioned large American luxury sedan, but newer offerings exist that are much better in almost every respect.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Large interior, available extended-wheelbase model, reasonable price, humungous trunk, nautical ride.

  • Cons

    Nautical ride, poor power-to-fuel-economy ratio, dated design, missing some common luxury options, being flagged down by confused limo-seekers at the airport.

  • What's New for 2009

    There are no changes for the 2009 Lincoln Town Car.

Full 2009 Lincoln Town Car Review

What's New for 2009

There are no changes for the 2009 Lincoln Town Car.


The Lincoln Town Car is the preferred transportation of Donald Trump -- well, other than his personal Sikorsky helicopter and Boeing 727. And really, who doesn't want to be like the Donald? Palatial gold condominiums, buxom European wives, hit television shows, greatest comb-over ever -- the man has everything. Then again, the Donald doesn't actually drive his Lincoln Town Car Signature L limo; he leaves that to his chauffeur. So maybe you won't be that much like Donald Trump, but if cruising like his chauffeur sounds appealing, buy a 2009 Lincoln Town Car.

Indeed, the Town Car's role as the nation's official limousine is its last remaining glory. Despite continuous improvements and redesigns over the years, the Town Car is a relic of a different time. It uses a body-on-frame platform that dates back to 1981, and along with the related Mercury Grand Marquis, is the only body-on-frame car on the market. The Town Car's suspension is equally antiquated -- take a turn over broken pavement and the live rear axle tends to jiggle and shake the body like a bowl of lime Jell-O placed on the head of Carmen Miranda. The 4.6-liter V8 makes 239 horsepower and 287 pound-feet of torque while achieving 18 mpg combined. That torque number is certainly healthy, but that ratio of power to SUV-like fuel economy is a big pill to swallow.

The moral of this story? Unless you're in the livery business and need to comfortably cart around combed-over VIPs, the Lincoln Town Car outlived its usefulness years ago. Similarly priced or lower-priced luxury vehicles like the Acura RL, Cadillac STS, Hyundai Genesis and Lexus ES 350 offer large amounts of interior space, better power-to-fuel-economy ratios, strong safety scores and better driving dynamics for greater vehicle control. The Chrysler 300C offers all that and an extended-wheelbase version to boot. We're not a big fan of the Cadillac DTS either, but at least it's more modern than the Jurassic Town Car. And on the off chance you're a multibillionaire, why pick a Lincoln to be ferried about in when there's a Rolls-Royce Phantom available? Both the Donald and the common man can do better.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2009 Lincoln Town Car is a full-size luxury sedan available in two trim levels that correspond to the available wheelbases. All Town Cars seat six people, thanks to a three-person front bench. The regular-wheelbase Town Car Signature Limited comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, a power-closing trunk, rear park assist, 40/20/40-split front bench seats with power-adjustable driver and passenger seats, heated front seats, power-adjustable pedals, driver memory functions, a tilting steering column, a leather- and wood-trimmed steering wheel with audio and climate controls, dual-zone automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and a stereo with a six-CD changer.

The Signature L adds 6 inches of wheelbase and therefore substantially more rear-seat legroom. It also features heated rear seats, rear-seat audio and climate controls, a folding armrest for a storage bin and two power points, redundant front-passenger seat fore/aft control and rear-seat vanity mirrors.

Options for both trim levels include chrome-clad wheels, whitewall tires and xenon headlights.

Powertrains and Performance

The 2009 Lincoln Town Car is rear-wheel-drive only and comes with a 4.6-liter V8 good for 239 hp and 287 lb-ft of torque. A four-speed automatic transmission is standard. Expect a 0-60 time in the mid-8-second range for the Signature Limited and longer for the heavier Signature L. Fuel economy is 15 mpg city/22 mpg highway and 18 mpg combined.


The 2009 Lincoln Town Car shows its age in the safety department. It comes standard with front-seat side airbags, but it doesn't offer head curtain airbags for the first or second rows. Traction control is standard, but stability control is not available. Nevertheless, the Town Car received the top five-star rating from the government in all crash test categories. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Town Car the highest rating of "Good" for offset frontal impacts.

Interior Design and Special Features

They don't call it the Town Car because it's the size of a town, but it's close. It offers generous passenger accommodations and a massive trunk (21 cubic feet) capable of swallowing loads of luggage, golf clubs and whatever sizable bulk items you need to haul back from Costco. The Signature L adds an extended wheelbase with a humungous amount of rear-seat legroom, rivaled only by luxury sedans sporting exponentially more expensive luxury badges. The seats are nice and comfy, with practically no side support. Both front and back benches are akin to sitting on a La-Z-Boy sofa.

Audio and climate controls are straightforward, as there is a scarcity of high-tech goodies. The dash retains the same flat T-shape design that has been in the Town Car since the 1980s, so if you've owned a big Lincoln before (or driven a lot of limos), you'll feel right at home.

Driving Impressions

Power from the Town Car's V8 should be adequate for most buyers, but is certainly lacking compared to offerings from other similarly priced luxury sedans. Nonetheless, the big Lincoln is able to pass with ease, and freeway cruising at 80 mph is serene. The ride is comfortable, in a "welcome aboard!" sort of way. It's been described as nautical -- take that as either a pro or a con. Many luxury buyers may like it, but if you prefer to feel connected to the road in any way, forget about the good ship Lincoln. Compared to past Town Cars (and that's a big caveat), the 2009 edition is a decent handler -- the steering has some semblance of feel to it, and the body doesn't roll too much around corners. This is all relative, however, as it's hard to mask such unsophisticated underpinnings.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Finest car on the road

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Vehicle: 2009 Lincoln Town Car Signature L 4dr Sedan (4.6L 8cyl 4A)

I bought this beautiful, safe and luxurious vehicle because we had owned a previous Lincoln. Because my husband is handicapped I immediately had U Haul install the strong underbody lift for his motorized wheelchair. We traveled in comfort to MN and Utah but his condition deteriorated and he can no longer use the wheelchair, therefore I hope it will be a solution to someone else who has a patient in need of this superior ride for their loved one.

Safety first!!!

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Vehicle: 2009 Lincoln Town Car Signature Limited 4dr Sedan (4.6L 8cyl 4A)

We have owned Lincoln Town Cars for over 40 years. Never have experienced a disablement nor failure of any type. Yes, there are lots of more "modern" passenger car - all are built like drink cans - Unitized bodies that have minimal side-crash safety. The TOWN CAR and it's two less expensive siblings are constructed as BODY-On-FRAME. This important safty construction (the frame is outboard (under the doors) is also utilized by Rolls Royce and Bently! See all the Ford Crown Victorias used as Polce Cars and Taxies - Safety is a major reason!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Good luxury car with a

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Vehicle: 2009 Lincoln Town Car Signature Limited 4dr Sedan (4.6L 8cyl 4A)

We actually rented a Signature Limited Town Car from Hertz for vacation. I have rented Town Cars in the 90's and thought I would rent a new one. It was just built in June of 2009 with 6000 miles on it. The engine had power but not the thrust of a Cadillac. The air conditioning also seemed not as cold as a Cadillac. The stereo had the Sirius satellite reception, but just had adequate sound. The seat had lumbar, which previous versions didn't, but the seat cushion on the bottom was flat and needed more cushion. The ride was a little harsh on bumps, I think the air suspension in the rear is to blame.

Great value for the money

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Vehicle: 2009 Lincoln Town Car Signature Limited 4dr Sedan (4.6L 8cyl 4A)

Anyone that knows anything about cars will agree there is no safer car on the road. I love the spacious interior and quality. This car rides smooth. I think the editor here is off base. If you are in the market for a sports car don't buy this car, however if you want comfort and ride and quality, this is the car for you. I have owned and driven numerous luxury cars, and this one for the money is the best, Thank you Linclon!


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Vehicle: 2009 Lincoln Town Car Signature L 4dr Sedan (4.6L 8cyl 4A)

I purchased this vehicle last year with the input of my wife. Although it is a decent car, after shopping around I realize that my decision might have been ill advised. Not too long ago I took a look at the Acura RL. Offers over 300 hp from a V6 with all wheel drive. The interior quality is far superior as are the combination of 10 airbags, independent suspension and 200 k + Honda reliability. It's hard to believe but my Towncar uses a body on frame design and a live axle which makes for handling about as agile as a lumbering elephant compared to the Acura. My wife may not agree but with GM likely going under, the Towncar's time has come and gone.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Love it

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Vehicle: 2009 Lincoln Town Car Signature Limited 4dr Sedan (4.6L 8cyl 4A)

This is the most comfortable care on the road in my opinion. My millage in excellent on the road up to 25 and 26 which is outstanding for a car of its size. No foreign car can even remotely compare to this car in ride and drive in my opinion. And as for the look and style that is all a matter of opinion. Personally I think it blows every thing else on the road away and makes them look like a cheap imitation of what is suppose to be a luxury car. A great vehicle!

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