Since the car’s beginnings, the Mercury Sable has been compared to its sibling the Ford Taurus. There are striking similarities between the two models. The 2004 Mercury Sable offers a competent sedan or wagon to the public. It is more than capable of taking care of a family’s needs from commuting to work to making it to the soccer game on time. The interior of the Sable is comfortable and designed to meet the needs of several passengers. This is the type of car that makes long road trips easy. Overall, the Mercury Sable is perfect for anyone looking for an affordable, easy to drive, and dependable sedan or wagon.
Body Styles: sedan, wagon
Engines: 3.0-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Mercury Sable GS sedan, Mercury Sable LS Premium sedan, Mercury Sable GS wagon, Mercury Sable LS Premium wagon
There were some interesting changes for the 2004 Mercury Sable among the various body styles and trim levels. For this model year all of the Sables received a 60/40 split rear seat. Other changes include new fog lights and front end treatment on the LS Premium trim level. Six spoke alloy wheels are also now standard on this version. Revised exterior badging and taillights are offered on the sedan model. Again on the LS Premium model, the cabin features a new steering wheel with lighted buttons for the cruise control.
The critics of the 2004 Mercury Sable often bring up its uninspiring design. It is certainly true that the Sable isn’t exactly the most exciting looking car available. Due to its generic appearance, it has become quite popular with rental car agencies. The easiest way to describe the Sable is forgettable. It has basic front end and sloping hood. The overall body style is streamlined.
The wagon body style is for the most part just like the sedan. It has the same front end and sides. However the back end of the Sable wagon does manage to give it something of a different look. The rear windows add some visual interest to the car. The standard roof rack for these models helps as well. Some of the color choices include Arizona Beige Clearcoat Metallic, Medium True Blue Metallic Clearcoat, and Vibrant White Clearcoat just to name a few.
There is nothing wrong with the comfort and luxury Mercury added to the Sable line. These cars are designed to be incredibly comfortable. The front seats are bench style and feature a 40-20-40 split. Both the front and back seats are upholstered with cloth. The back seats have their own ventilation ducts and it is split folding as well. Power door locks, windows, and mirrors are standard equipment as well. This car is equipped with air conditioning and cruise control as well as front door pockets for storage and cup holders for convenience. The base models are offered with a six speaker AM/FM stereo system.
Performance & Handling
Much like the Sable’s appearance, the simplest way to describe the performance and handling of this model is as dependable and reliable. There really aren’t any surprises when it comes to the Mercury Sable. In either its sedan or wagon form, it has a competent powertrain that ensures it is durable and able to provide basic transportation at an affordable price. For the 2004 model year, the Sable had two engines. While both are three-liter V-6, the LS Premium is equipped with 24 valves and twin overhead cams that offer more power.
The 2004 Mercury Sable is well known for its many safety features. This car is equipped with a front center lap belt as well as a rear center three point belt. The brakes feature ventilated disc in the front and rear drum brakes for the back of the vehicle. Child seat anchors and rear door child safety locks are part of the package too. The front seats have two headrests and they are designed for height adjustment. An engine immobilizer is in place in the event of an accident. This device stops the engine to reduce the possibility of further risk.
EPA Fuel Economy
Mercury Sable: 17/24 mpg city/highway
- Incredible value
- Sedan and wagon body styles
- Plenty of safety features
- Spacious cabin
You Won't Like
- Lacks refinement compared to other cars in its class
- A bit boring and more at home in a rental car fleet
Affordable luxury is the name of the game for this car.
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