Jones Ford Buckeye Compares 2004 Ford Crown Victoria VS 2004 Dodge Intrepid Near Phoenix, AZ

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2004 Ford Crown Victoria

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2004 Dodge Intrepid

Safety Comparison

To maximize occupant safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Ford Crown Victoria have pretensioners to eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Dodge Intrepid doesn’t offer pretensioners.

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Ford Crown Victoria are height adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Dodge Intrepid has only front height adjustable seat belts.

Using vehicle speed sensors and seat sensors, smart airbags in the Crown Victoria deploy with different levels of force or don’t deploy at all to help better protect passengers of all sizes in different collisions. The Intrepid’s airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.

The Crown Victoria has standard four wheel antilock disc brakes for quicker stops and controlled steering ability, especially under poor traction conditions. Antilock brakes cost extra on the Intrepid.

Both the Crown Victoria and the Intrepid have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, available front seat side-impact airbags and head airbags.

The Ford Crown Victoria weighs 509 to 588 pounds more than the Dodge Intrepid. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new cars. In this test, results indicate that the Ford Crown Victoria is safer than the Intrepid:

Crown Victoria

Intrepid

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Head Injury Index

608

727

Chest forces

38 g’s

53 g’s

Leg injuries (L/R)

882 / 338

1686 / 1528

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Head Injury Index

386

541

Chest forces

35 g’s

51 g’s

Leg injuries (L/R)

554 / 469

1264 / 1266

More stars indicate a better overall result. Lower numbers indicate better individual test results.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 38.5 MPH side impact tests on new cars. In this test, results indicate that the Crown Victoria is safer than the Intrepid:

Crown Victoria

Intrepid

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

3 Stars

Thoracic Trauma

56

87

Pelvis Deceleration

81 G’s

110 G’s

More stars indicate a better chance of avoiding serious injuries. Lower numbers indicate better actual numeric test results.

The Ford Crown Victoria has a better injury history. The Crown Victoria was involved in injury causing accidents at a rate 35% lower per vehicle registered than the Intrepid, according to the Highway Loss Data Institute.

Warranty Comparison

The Crown Victoria comes with free roadside assistance for 3 years 36,000 miles. Ford will send help if you run out of gas, need a jump start, lock your keys in or need any assistance on the road. Dodge doesn’t give free roadside assistance for the Intrepid.

The Crown Victoria’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Intrepid runs out after 100,000 miles.

There are over 33 percent more Ford dealers than there are Dodge dealers, which makes it easier to get service under the Crown Victoria’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The Ford Crown Victoria’s engines use a cast iron block for durability, while the Intrepid’s engines use an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

The camshafts in the Crown Victoria’s engine are driven by a hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs. The Intrepid ES 3.5 SOHC V6’s camshafts are driven by a rubber belt which eventually needs to be replaced. If the Intrepid’s cam drive belt breaks the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

The Crown Victoria has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Intrepid doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the car’s engine.

J.D. Power and Associates’ surveys of new car owners provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 17th in initial quality. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 19th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ surveys of the owners of three-year-old cars provide the long-term dependability statistics which show that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 23rd in reliability, above the industry average. With 17 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 24th.

Engine Comparison

The Crown Victoria has more powerful engines than the Intrepid:

Horsepower

Torque

Crown Victoria 4.6 SOHC V8

224 HP

272 lbs.-ft.

Crown Victoria LX Sport 4.6 SOHC V8

239 HP

287 lbs.-ft.

Intrepid 2.7 DOHC V6

200 HP

190 lbs.-ft.

Intrepid ES 3.5 SOHC V6

232 HP

241 lbs.-ft.

Intrepid SXT 3.5 SOHC V6

250 HP

250 lbs.-ft.

For more instantaneous acceleration and better engine flexibility in any gear, the Crown Victoria’s engines produce their peak horsepower at lower RPM’s than the Intrepid:

Horsepower

Crown Victoria 4.6 SOHC V8

4800 RPM

Crown Victoria LX Sport 4.6 SOHC V8

4900 RPM

Intrepid 2.7 DOHC V6

5800 RPM

Intrepid ES 3.5 SOHC V6

6000 RPM

Intrepid SXT 3.5 SOHC V6

6400 RPM

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Crown Victoria has 2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Intrepid (19 vs. 17 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Crown Victoria’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Intrepid:

Crown Victoria

Intrepid

Front Rotors

12 inches

11.7 inches

Rear Rotors

11.5 inches

10.6 inches

The Crown Victoria’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Intrepid are solid, not vented.

In an emergency stopping situation, many drivers don’t press the brakes with enough force to stop the vehicle in the shortest distance. Whatever factors cause this tendency, the Crown Victoria offers an optional brake assist system to detect emergency braking situations (by how hard and how quickly the brake pedal is pressed) and then automatically apply maximum braking immediately in order to help prevent a collision. The Intrepid doesn’t offer a brake assist feature.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Crown Victoria LX Sport’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Intrepid (235/55R17 vs. 225/60R16).

The Crown Victoria LX Sport’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) which provides a stiffer sidewall than the Intrepid’s 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Crown Victoria LX Sport has standard 17 inch wheels. The Intrepid’s largest wheels are only 16 inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Crown Victoria has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Crown Victoria flat and controlled during cornering. The Intrepid base model’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The rear suspension of the Crown Victoria uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the Intrepid, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

The Crown Victoria offers an optional automatic rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Intrepid doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

The Crown Victoria has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Intrepid doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Crown Victoria is 1 inch wider in the front and 3.3 inches wider in the rear than on the Intrepid.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Crown Victoria has 6.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Intrepid (111.2 vs. 104.5).

The Crown Victoria has 1 inch more front headroom, .3 inches more front legroom, .8 inches more front hip room, 1.8 inches more front shoulder room, .4 inches more rear headroom, .5 inches more rear legroom, 2.1 inches more rear hip room and 2.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Intrepid.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Crown Victoria has a much larger trunk than the Intrepid (20.6 vs. 18.4 cubic feet).

With its sedan body style, remote release lock-out switch, valet key and remote trunk release lockout, the Crown Victoria offers cargo security. The Intrepid’s non-lockable folding seat defeats cargo security.

Ergonomics Comparison

To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the Crown Victoria offers a power adjustable foot pedal set. Much better than just a tilt steering wheel or adjustable seat, this allows a short driver to sit further from the steering wheel while maintaining pedal contact. The Intrepid doesn’t offer adjustable foot pedals.

The Crown Victoria’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Intrepid does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Crown Victoria has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Intrepid doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The Crown Victoria has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. The Intrepid doesn’t offer automatic headlights.

To improve comfort and visibility, the Crown Victoria LX has standard secondary sun visors that block glare from two directions simultaneously. The Intrepid doesn’t offer any similar feature.

To help keep the driver’s hands on the wheel, the Crown Victoria LX offers optional steering wheel controls for the radio. The Intrepid doesn’t offer steering wheel audio controls.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Crown Victoria owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Crown Victoria will cost $320 to $780 less than the Intrepid over a five year period.

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