Last of the Greatest
In 2018 I bought a brand new Ford Taurus SHO and later came to regret my decision. Being a bit of a car buff, I recently decided to sell it while it was still worth something and buy another daily driver that was a little more reliable for the long haul.
The panther platform was the last solidly built and reliable car that Detroit ever turned out. The family includes the Mercury Marauder, Mercury Grand Marquis, Lincoln Towncar, and of course the Ford Crown Victoria.
This car is absolutely solid. It rides smooth and runs relatively quiet. I feel safe inside, insulated from most hazards of driving. Back in 2006, I was involved in a catastrophic crash while driving a Crown Vic. They're built like tanks and I'm alive today to tell the tale.
The car is large and lacks many of the modern so-called safety features such as a backup camera and blindspot alert, etc. You DRIVE this car, it doesn't drive you. 2011 was the last year for them. If you're old fashioned and prefer a real car as opposed to the modern day plastic pieces of crud, this is the ride for you.
Not very fuel efficient, but it wasn't meant to be. If you value safety and reliability, this car will last you forever as long as you take care of it because that is what it was designed for: fleets, taxis, and patrol cars. There are some Towncars still serving as limousines with 300,000 miles on the odometer.
Seek out other information and reviews for yourself. The last full-size body-on-frame rear-wheel-drive executive class V8 sedan is truly the pinnacle of American engineering and comfortable to drive. Space in the cabin, space in the trunk, space under the hood to work if you are so inclined.