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Car of the Week - February 4, 2002

2002 Lincoln Blackwood

SEE ALSO: Lincoln Rover Buyer's Guide

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A Beautiful Mind (or minds) at Lincoln created a wonderfully schizophrenic truck in this the 2002 Lincoln Blackwood. Half of its personality is crew cab, the other half is luxury SUV. The crew cab portion has plenty of muscles: a 5.4-liter, 32-valve V8, with 300 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 355 foot-pounds of torque at 2,750 rpm; and a built-in Class III/IV towing hitch capacity of 8,700 pounds. An engine management system supplies torque and traction during slippery conditions.

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The interior personality, adorned with large black leather bucket seats accented with dark Wenge wood, is pure luxury SUV with all the bells and whistles: friendly navigation system (optional), obstacle-detecting reverse sensors, power adjustable gas and brake pedals, two-driver-memory power seats, additional audio and climate controls on the steering wheel, a Securilock passive anti-theft system, a power-operated tonneau cover (very cool), dutch door-opening tailgate, and ventilated seats that either heat or cool.

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We noticed that the torque-y V8 requires a feather-footed approach. The handling is quite stable due to an independent short- and long-arm front suspension and variable-rate shock absorber damping. Heavy loads or trailors are assisted by a load-leveling rear suspension. The beefy 18-inch all-season tires are couple with standard four-wheel disc brakes with ABS. The Blackwood with its dual personality has jumped right to the front of a new catagory: premium lux pickup trucks.

- Editor

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