More damning reviews from the 1974 Road & Track
New Car Preview issue:
"Just plain Ford and Mercury, that's how the
mastodon-size cars are listed in the information books, price manuals, and
so forth. This practice can be traced to the assumptions that 225-in.-long
sedans are still the standard size."
"The terminology and perhaps even the
classification linger on at Ford, but if nothing else positive the 1974
Energy Crisis sent these monsters on their way toward well earned
extinction. For 1975 they lumber on, reduced in both Ford and Mercury
versions to the series names of LTD and Marquis with three minor
variations on each. Here the auxiliary fuel tank (an option) holds 8
gallons of fuel -- 10 in the station wagon -- in addition to the 24.3- or
22.0-gal. basic capacity. Engines cover the same displacement range as
those of the Torino-Montego lines."
"Minimum weight for any of these cars is more than
4600 lb and overall lengths range up to 230 in., so the addition of
4-wheel disc brakes to the option list is of interest mainly to those who
worry about being mowed down by one of them."