How big were American automobiles in the 90's and 2000's compared to today?
For example, the "compact" Pontiac Grand Am and Oldsmobile Alero sedans were 186.3-186.7 inches long when the "mid-size" BMW 5-Series E39 was 188.0 inches long. The "mid-size" fourth generation Ford Taurus, first generation Buick LaCrosse, and Cadillac STS sedans were under 199 inches but over 197 inches long, like the "full-size" Chrysler 300. The "full-size" Ford Panther, Chrysler LHS, Buick Park Avenue and Cadillac Deville/DTS sedans were over 206 inches long, which the long-wheelbase European executive cars cannot reach.
The "subcompact" Geo Metro sedan, which is only 164 inches long, is only an inch shorter than the "compact" Jeep Cherokee XJ SUV.
The STS and first generation Chrysler 300 were UNDER 197 inches long, but the Taurus and LaCrosse were bigger.
"The "full-size" Ford Panther, Chrysler LHS, Buick Park Avenue and Cadillac Deville/DTS sedans were over 206 inches long, which the long-wheelbase European executive cars cannot reach."
Yes, I forgot that SOME LWB European executive cars, like the Jaguar XJL, CAN reach that length.
"Ford Panther" = short for "Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis, and Lincoln Town Car"
- PMackLv 76 years agoFavorite Answer
It sounds like you've looked up the dimensions and have answered your own question pretty well.
My perception - ignoring specs is they haven't changed much. It depends on what you're looking at, model wise. I'd guess they are a little bigger now, and definitely heavier in part because of power accessories that used to be optional and are now standard, and safety equipment.
One note - Ford hasn't sold a car called the Panther in the US, I don't think ever. Definitely not in the past 30 years. Not sure what you're referring to there.