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1996 Mercury Sable

  • 1996 Mercury Sable G Sedan

    G Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      29
    • SEATS
      6
    • HP/TORQUE
      145/170
    • ENGINE
      3.0L V6
    • MSRP
      $18,360
  • 1996 Mercury Sable GS Sedan

    GS Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      29
    • SEATS
      6
    • HP/TORQUE
      145/170
    • ENGINE
      3.0L V6
    • MSRP
      $18,995
  • 1996 Mercury Sable GS Wagon

    GS Wagon

    • MAX MPG
      28
    • SEATS
      6
    • HP/TORQUE
      145/170
    • ENGINE
      3.0L V6
    • MSRP
      $20,015
  • 1996 Mercury Sable LS Sedan

    LS Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      29
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      200/200
    • ENGINE
      3.0L V6
    • MSRP
      $21,295
  • 1996 Mercury Sable LS Wagon

    LS Wagon

    • MAX MPG
      27
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      200/200
    • ENGINE
      3.0L V6
    • MSRP
      $22,355
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1996 Mercury Sable Review

An improved sedan that can compete with the best.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The 1996 Mercury Sable is a midsize, upscale sedan manufactured by Ford Motor Company and was launched in 1985 as a more up-market version of the Ford Taurus. It proved to be a milestone in automobile design for Ford and Mercury, and for the American automotive industry. When introduced, it had such a futuristic design that the press called it the ?car that came from the moon.? It's actually the first completely redesigned version of the iconic car.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan, station wagon
Engines: 3.0-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Mercury Sable GS, Mercury Sable G, Mercury Sable LS

What's New

The 1996 Mercury Sable gets its first complete redesign this year, and marks the third generation of the car. The car’s design has been rethought right from the drawing boards, and marks a big departure from the style of the first and second generation. Apart from exterior appearance, the Sable also gets new engines, suspension, etc.

Exterior

The 1996 Mercury Sable receives a lot of criticism and is heavy-handed and rather odd-looking, especially from the front end. The car is longer and wider than it was before, and the overall exterior design is quite radical. According to Ford, the new Sable has 87 percent better torsional stiffness, thanks to the fact that side of the new Sable is a single section of steel.

The 1996 Mercury Sable has a lightweight and airy nature since 28 percent of the surface area as glass. The fish-faced styling has already been met with shock by some, while most others feel a distinct distaste about it.

Interior

The 1996 Mercury Sable has never been roomier or more spacious. The front seats offer lots of legroom and headroom, and legroom at the rear has grown by a huge margin. The rear seat can now accommodate tall people easily at the outboard positions. Standard equipment in the 1996 Mercury Sable include air conditioning, split-folding rear seats, battery saver system, and rear seat heating ducts. One of the most innovative features inside the Sable is the use of the Integrate Control Panel, which is a single pod that contains both stereo and climate control systems in an easily usable layout. Cars with a six-passenger capacity have a three-way flip-fold control that offers a seating position when upright, an armrest when flipped down, and a handy storage bin with cup holders and all when flipped once more.

Performance & Handling

The 1996 Mercury Sable G and GS get an improved three-liter Vulcan V-6 engine that delivers 145 horsepower. The LS comes with an all-aluminum three-liter Duratec V-6 engine that delivers 200 horsepower. Performance has definitely improved from the previous generation; the V-6 engine in the LS offers livelier acceleration than the previous V-6 in the G and GS. Acceleration is strictly adequate with the base engine, but the automatic transmission tends to vibrate when shifting gears and the downshifts are a little too slow for passing situations.

Safety

The 1996 Mercury Sable doesn't have any crash test information available.

EPA Fuel Economy

Mercury Sable: 18/26mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Good performance of LS
  • Adept steering and handling
  • Lots of passenger and cargo room

You Won't Like

  • Unappealing exterior design
  • Poor automatic shift performance for GS

Sum Up

An improved sedan that can compete with the best.

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