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Concorde’s clear early advantages were being challenged four years after its birth. Toyota Avalon had an upscale, luxurious feel, but had poor cornering and a bare-bones interior at that point. The main American competitors were the Buick LeSabre and an upscale version of the Ford Taurus dubbed Mercury Sable (the Lincoln Continental was also essentially the same car).
LaSabre actually had greater interior volume, including (ever so slightly) more legroom, trunk space, and headroom, albeit with far less hiproom (width). Sable was smaller inside, but with less leg room, and less rear hip room, and lower trunk space. Concorde’s power easily beat Sable, at the cost of fuel economy; LeSabre was almost evenly matched.
Concorde was still distinguished by its cornering and “connected” driving experience.
Compared with Sabre, Concorde had a higher residual value and lower base price; standard power driver’s seat, remote trunk release, cruise, power mirrors on both sides, stereo cassette, speed-sensitive power steering, and 16-inch wheels.
Compared with Sable, Concorde had standard speed-sensitive intermittent wipers, higher resale value, cruise, and power locks.
Before the 1999 redesign, the LHS had the same wheelbase as every other “LH car,” gaining a stretch via greater overhangs. Afterwards, 300M was smaller and the LHS was larger.
The Park Avenue had a definite edge in power, though its greater weight used that up unless one ordered the supercharged engine — which was quite rewarding to drive. The LHS had a more small-car feel despite its size, with better cornering but less of a luxury feel. The LHS redesign brought a more powerful standard engine, running 250 horsepower on midgrade fuel. Park Avenue had greater legroom and cargo space, LHS had more interior width (less exterior width).
LHS also had standard Infinity sound with spatial imaging with 11 speakers, while Park Avenue had a six speaker base system. Leather was standard on LHS, optional on Park Avenue.
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