National Geographic : 1983 Aug
The car thatholds your family should also hold the road. handy bins and trays for all the stuff a family collects. And here, too, you will feel the thinking of the designer. The seats hold you comfortably. The steering wheel puts Ford LTD. Comfort plus capability. A smooth-riding, comfortable family car has to face the same roads that are driven by everybody else. Roads that are bumpy, surprising, sometimes wet and always full of traffic. That's why, when you look beyond the comfort of a 1983 Ford LTD, you will find a remarkably capable machine. Case in point, the gas-pressurized shocks. As you drive, the first sensation they give you is smoothness. But then you'll notice how they keep the tires on the road over bumps. And as you turn, they help maintain control for better handling. The steel-belted radial tires are also worthy of note. The tread pattern wraps up around the sidewall. So in sharp turns, the tire rolls onto addi tional tread. Not smooth rubber. Even the shape of the car is useful. It effi ciently reduces gaso line-consuming drag (.37 Cd. for Ford LTD; .45 for Toyota Cressida or .46 for Saab 900), and reduces aerody namic turbulence for less wind noise. Speaking of effi ciency, LTD offers a wide selection of powerplants. The stan dard engine is a cross flow head 2.3 liter four-cylinder engine with a four-speed manual transmission. You can also order a 3.3 liter in-line six cylinder engine or a weight saving 3.8 liter V-6. Also available with the 3.8 liter V-6 is our four-speed Automatic Overdrive transmis sion. At highway speeds, this transmis sion reduces engine RPMs by nearly one third for improved economy. The V-6 with Auto matic Overdrive is rated at 20 EPA est. mpg., 32 estimated highway. The standard engine is rated 26 EPA est. mpg., 40 esti mated highway.* Inside LTD are in dividually reclining front seats, soft cloth, cut-pile carpeting, plus your arms in a natu ral, fatigue-free posi tion. And most of the driving controls are mounted on the steering column, so your left hand can al ways stay close to the steering wheel. Ford LTD is a name that has always meant room, ride and comfort. But now it also means impressive capability on the road. Special note: Ask your Ford Dealer about savings that are available on specially equipped LTD's. See your Dealer soon. *For comparison. Actual mileage may vary depending on speed, distance and weather. Actual highway mileage and California ratings lower. Get it together Buckle up. Have you driven a Ford... lately?