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2005 Mercury Sable

  • 2005 Mercury Sable GS Sedan

    GS Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      27
    • SEATS
      6
    • HP/TORQUE
      153/186
    • ENGINE
      3.0L V6
    • MSRP
      $21,465
  • 2005 Mercury Sable GS Wagon

    GS Wagon

    • MAX MPG
      27
    • SEATS
      6
    • HP/TORQUE
      153/186
    • ENGINE
      3.0L V6
    • MSRP
      $21,465
  • 2005 Mercury Sable LS Premium Sedan

    LS Premium Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      27
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      201/207
    • ENGINE
      3.0L V6
    • MSRP
      $24,465
  • 2005 Mercury Sable LS Premium Wagon

    LS Premium Wagon

    • MAX MPG
      27
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      201/207
    • ENGINE
      3.0L V6
    • MSRP
      $25,130
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2005 Mercury Sable Review

A decent and reasonably priced midsize car, though unrefined.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The 2005 Mercury Sable serves as a front-drive, midsize model that classifies as either a wagon or a sedan. Mechanically, the Sable looks virtually identical to the Ford Taurus, both of which received a major redesign in 2000. The Sable lineup has been simplified for 2005 with the sedan coming in two trim levels: GS and LS. The wagon solely offers the LS.

The Range

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

What's New

Few changes have been introduced to the Mercury Sable for 2005. The trim levels have been scaled back with just the GS and LS sedans and only the LS for the wagon version. Power-adjustable pedals leave the lineup and the wagon prepares to be phased out by midyear.

Exterior

While the 2005 Mercury Sable has much in common with the Ford Taurus, it looks more traditional and conservative overall. It sports a chrome-plated vertical-bar grille and a 108.5-inch wheelbase. With an overall length of just under 200 inches, the Sable represents one of the longest midsize sedans in production. Standard all-season tires measure 16-inch. The LS includes additional exterior features such as six-spoke aluminum wheels, a rear defogger, fog lamps, and body-side moldings with bright inserts. All versions of the Sable include power mirrors.

Interior

The interior of the 2005 Sable sedan accommodates either five or six occupants. The five-passenger version features a gearshift mounted into the floor and a front center console. The six-passenger version features a slip-fold center seat that can be configured with a front center armrest. Standard interior features for the GS include a cassette player, air-conditioning, cruise control, a tilt steering wheel, remote keyless entry, power windows, and power locks. The 2005 Mercury Sable offers the option of a six-speaker Mach audio system with six-disc CD changer. Trunk volume for the Sable sedan totals 16 cubic feet. Also the 60/40-split rear seatbacks can be folded down for added cargo space.

The LS can be outfitted with a Platinum Edition package. An all-new Premium Package for the LS includes leather seats and automatic climate control. The higher LS trim level also boasts such features bucket front seats, a six-way power driver’s seat, dual illuminating vanity mirrors, simulated wood trim on the shift knob, a leather and wood steering wheel with cruise controls mounted on it, and an AM/FM stereo with a single CD player.

Performance & Handling

While it may not be the most exciting vehicle to drive on the road, the 2005 Mercury Sable at least delivers a comfortable ride. Models across the line feature the same 3.0-liter V-6, which pairs with a four-speed automatic transmission. The V-6 engine delivers a strong performance and runs quietly. On the highways the Sable feels smooth and stable. The automatic transmission responds and downshifts smoothly. On the downside, the mirrors seem a bit small, over-the-shoulder visibility remains poor, and the suspension could be better at absorbing the bumps in the road.

Safety

The Mercury Sable comes with front airbags that deploy at two different inflation levels, depending on the severity of the crash and whether or not the seat belts are buckled. Anti-lock brakes come standard on the LS and provide an option on the GS. Side-impact airbags for front occupants provide another option. In the event of a collision, front seat belt pretensioners and retractors remove seat belt slack.

The 2005 Mercury Sable earns five out of five stars in NHTSA passenger side-impact tests and four out of five stars for the same on the driver’s side. It also receives three out of five stars for both front and rear side-impact tests. In frontal-offset tests conducted by the IIHS the Sable earns a top rating of ""good, "" and it gets a bottom rating of ""poor"" in tests for rear crash protection.

EPA Fuel Economy

Mercury Sable: 18/25 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Affordably priced
  • Excellent safety features and ratings
  • Abundance of cabin space
  • Both sedan and wagon versions

You Won't Like

  • Interior utilizes low-grade materials
  • Resale value
  • Handling, ride, and braking below standards

Sum Up

A decent and reasonably priced midsize car, though unrefined.

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