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2001 Mercury Sable

  • 2001 Mercury Sable GS Sedan

    GS Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      27
    • SEATS
      6
    • HP/TORQUE
      155/185
    • ENGINE
      3.0L V6
    • MSRP
      $19,485
  • 2001 Mercury Sable GS Wagon

    GS Wagon

    • MAX MPG
      26
    • SEATS
      8
    • HP/TORQUE
      155/185
    • ENGINE
      3.0L V6
    • MSRP
      $21,285
  • 2001 Mercury Sable LS Premium Sedan

    LS Premium Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      27
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      200/200
    • ENGINE
      3.0L V6
    • MSRP
      $21,885
  • 2001 Mercury Sable LS Premium Wagon

    LS Premium Wagon

    • MAX MPG
      26
    • SEATS
      7
    • HP/TORQUE
      200/200
    • ENGINE
      3.0L V6
    • MSRP
      $22,985
  • 2001 Mercury Sable LS Sedan

    LS Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      27
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      155/185
    • ENGINE
      3.0L V6
    • MSRP
      $20,585
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2001 Mercury Sable Review

On the verge of becoming a luxury vehicle, but at a price most people can afford.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

Mercury gets a lot of criticism from drivers who question the company's ability to keep pace with Ford, let alone offer upscale versions of Ford vehicles. When it comes to the 2001 Mercury Sable, though, you should take a good look before you start badmouthing it.

The 2001 Mercury Sable seems about as close as you can get to a luxury sedan (or wagon) without actually spending the kind of money that luxury sedans demand. It has excellent handling and a good engine. Top that off with some impressive interior features and a classy exterior design, and it becomes clear why so many people recommend the Sable.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan, wagon
Engines: 3.0-liter Vulcan V-6, 3.0-liter Duratec V-6
Transmissions: automatic
Models: Mercury Sable GS, Mercury Sable LS, Mercury Sable LS Premium

What's New

The 2001 Mercury Sable shows few changes. However, Mercury adds a new child safety seat restraint system. The gas tank grows to hold 18 gallons.

Exterior

Whether you choose the 2001 Sable sedan or wagon, you get a sturdy vehicle with class. Seen from the front, both body types look very similar. Not until you get a look at the side or rear does the wagon's longer body stands out.

Mercury makes some impressive choices that make the Sable look like a much more expensive vehicle. If you want a classic look without spending a ton of cash, then the 2001 Mercury Sable should show up on your short list.

Interior

The 2001 Mercury Sable stands on the verge of becoming a luxury vehicle. It comes with a ton of standard features that you would expect to see in a Camry or an Accord. It also includes a few extras that impress just about any buyer. Consider, for instance, the power-adjustable accelerator and brake pedals. With the touch of a button, you can adjust the pedals horizontally by up to three inches. That makes the Sable comfortable for a wider range of drivers. If you often scoot the driver's seat so far up that your chest presses against the steering wheel, then this feature will change the way that you think about driving.

Performance & Handling

The 2001 Mercury Sable comes with either a 3.0-liter Vulcan or a 3.0-liter Duratec engine. The Vulcan serves as the base engine for the Sable. It has two cylinder valves for each cylinder. The Duratec has twice as many. That results in a pretty substantial impact on performance. The Vulcan delivers 155 hp and 185 lb-ft of torque while the Duratec gives you an impressive 200 hp and 200 lb-ft of torque.

The 2001 Sable offers excellent handling for drivers who want to feel in control of their cars. Hold on to the wheel and you get feedback that lets you know everything that happens with the tires. For anyone who really likes to drive and appreciates the journey as much as the destination, this remains very important.

The Sable also has a suspension that knows how to react to a variety of surfaces. It feels smooth on the highway, but it also knows how to rebound from sudden dips, train tracks, and potholes. Some cars have silky suspensions that lull you to sleep from boredom rather than comfort. On the other hand, the Sable offers a relaxed ride, but it still proves fun to drive.

Safety

The 2001 Mercury Sable sedan offers reliable safety ratings that appeal to any buyer. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives it a ""Good"" rating (the highest) in frontal-offset crash tests. The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration gives it five stars in passenger and driver crash tests, four stars for rollover tests, and three stars for front and rear side-impact tests.

The Sable wagons have not been tested by the NHTSA. The IIHS gives them a ""Good"" rating for its frontal-offset crash tests.

The 2001 Sable comes with plenty of safety features that should inspire confident driving. Electronic brake force distribution, an engine immobilizer, and ventilated front disc and rear drum brakes (on the wagon models) remain standard, as do child seat anchors and rear-door child safety locks.

Opting for the LS Premium adds front seat belt pretensioners, a remote anti-theft alarm system, and dusk-sensing headlamps.

EPA Fuel Economy

Mercury Sable GS Sedan: 17/25 mpg city/highway
Mercury Sable LS Sedan: 17/25 mpg city/highway
Mercury Sable KS Premium Sedan: 16/25 mpg city/highway
Mercury Sable GS Wagon: 16/24 mpg city/highway
Mercury Sable LS Premium Wagon: 17/24 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Good value
  • Strong safety features

You Won't Like

  • Uncomfortable front seats
  • Sedan lacks rear disc brakes

Sum Up

On the verge of becoming a luxury vehicle, but at a price most people can afford.

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