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1998 Mercury Sable Review
Not a looker, but gets the job done.
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The 1998 Mercury Sable is a midsize luxury sedan manufactured by Ford Motor Company under the Mercury division. It is a rebadged version of the Ford Taurus with certain changes to give it a more upscale feel. The Sable was launched in 1986, and it proved to be a milestone for both Mercury and the American automotive industry. Its futuristic design during the time of its launch resulted in it being dubbed as the ""car that came from the moon."" Its first complete redesign was in 1996, which remains the basis for the 1998 Mercury Sable.
Engines: 3.0-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Mercury Sable GS, Mercury Sable LS
The 1998 Mercury Sable gets a new grille as a mild facelift. The options list has been reduced from the previous model year, and the axle ratio has been revised for better acceleration.
The 1998 Mercury Sable continues with the same exterior design that was introduced two years ago. The classic Sable’s iconic exterior, together with the lightbars, is replaced by a rather odd oval theme. The front-end facelift for this model year does not really address the oval-based styling, which means that the Sable still remains a sore sight. The 1998 Mercury Sable has a wheelbase of 108.5 inches. The sedan version has a length of 199.7 inches and a height of 55.4 inches. The Sable station wagon has a length of 199.1 inches and a height of 57.6 inches. Both models have a width of 73 inches.
The 1998 Mercury Sable may have a badly-designed exterior, but its interior is larger than ever before. The front seats offer good amount of both headroom and legroom. Legroom at the rear, which was a problem for earlier models, has increased considerably for the 1998 Mercury Sable. Even tall occupants can sit comfortably in the outboard positions. A Flip-open armrest is fitted in the center of the optional front bench seat, which is useful for many occasions. However, it is not possible to plug any device like a cell phone to the cigarette lighter when the armrest is open. The sedan version of the 1998 Mercury Sable has a very spacious trunk with a flat and wide floor that goes well forward. Inside the car, the driver enjoys good visibility all around but can find it difficult to see the trunk because of the narrow rear windows.
Performance & Handling
The 1998 Mercury Sable models come with a four-speed automatic transmission and either of two engines under the hood. One engine is an overhead-cam three-liter V-6 engine that delivers 145 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque. This engine comes standard with the GS model. The more expensive LS model has a dual overhead-cam three-liter V-6 engine that delivers 200 horsepower and 200 lb-ft of torque. Performance has improved a lot with the addition of the new engine in the top-end LS model. This engine is not only more powerful but also smoother and quieter than the other base V-6 engine. It provides more spirited acceleration and stronger passing power. The base V-6 engine offers a decent amount of power and acceleration, but its combination with the automatic transmission causes vibrations while shifting gears. The car even slows down while downshifting to pass. Wind noise and road noise is a lot less in the 1998 Mercury Sable than in the previous model years. The firm suspension offers certain stability at highway speeds, but it is a little too firm to absorb most bumps on a road. The steering of the Sable is better and more precise than ever and so is its cornering capability.
The 1998 Mercury Sable has no crash data available at the moment.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Powerful acceleration with LS model
- Good steering and handling
- Lots of interior space
You Won't Like
- Bad looks
- Rear visibility problems
Not a looker, but gets the job done.
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