2008 Mercury Sable

  • 2008 Mercury Sable Base Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      24
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      263/249
    • ENGINE
      3.5L V6
    • MSRP
      $23,935
  • 2008 Mercury Sable Premier Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      24
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      263/249
    • ENGINE
      3.5L V6
    • MSRP
      $27,725
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2008 Mercury Sable Review

May not be the flashiest sedan on the market but has pleasurable performance and features.

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Overview

The Mercury Sable has long standing reputation as a boring fleet vehicle found in rental car spots across the country. The Sable discontinued production in 2009 due to lack luster sales, due to tepid consumer enthusiasm for the vehicle. The new Mercury Sable is an improvement on the old model. Rather, it is practically brand new, borrowing underpinnings from the Ford Montego. This means better handling, better engine performance, and improved interior materials and features. Although the Sable of the past was more ho-hum than wow, the new version has at least a few redeeming features that require a second look.

The Range

Body Styles: four-door full-size sedan
Engines: 3.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: six-speed automatic
Models: Mercury Sable Base, Mercury Sable Premier

What's New

The Mercury Sable resurfaces in the 2008 model year after a hiatus in production. This version is based on the underpinnings of the Montego, improving much of the dodgy performance of the previous Sables. The engine is better, the cabin quieter than before, and a better suspension make this a large performance.

Exterior

The exterior of the Mercury Sable is a bit unimpressive, blending into the rest of the sedans on the market and failing to make its own mark. The base Sable comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, variable intermittent wipers, rear defogger, power mirrors, and independent suspension. The Premier model received upgraded 18-inch alloy wheels, heated mirrors, and puddle lamps.

Interior

The interior of the Mercury Sable is pretty nice, boasting lots of standard equipment and space. Both the front and the back have plenty of legroom for tall passengers, and shoulder room is also plentiful. Headroom can be a bit tight for taller passengers, however. The trunk of the vehicle has a massive 21 cubic feet. Space is further expanded with the 60/40 rear-split seating, which offers an extra nine feet of storage for extra-long cargo.

Standard features on the base model include full power accessories, leather-wrapped steering wheel, wood grain trim throughout, air-conditioning, CD player and MP3 audio jack, power passenger-seat, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The Premier edition of the vehicle offers a memory system for the driver and passenger, leather upholstery, front seat heaters, power passenger seat, dual-zone climate control, an upgraded audio system, and a classy analog clog. Optional items include a moon roof, navigation system, rear-seat DVD entertainment system, Sirius Satellite Radio, a sync system for all of your mobile devices that allows voice control commands, and many other options. Although the Mercury Sable is not the flashiest sedan, there are plenty of interior treats that set it apart from the rest.

Performance & Handling

The Mercury Sable has a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that produces 260 horsepower with 245 lb-ft of torque. The 3.5-liter is fitted with a six-speed automatic transmission on all the Sable trim lines. Both trims are available in front- and all-wheel drive. The 2008 model has 60 more horsepower than previous incarnations, making it the most powerful Mercury Sable to date. This is a big relief, since previous Mercury Sables were severely underpowered for the weight it was carrying. The underpinnings of the Montego add a lot to the drive of the Mercury Sable.

Driving on the freeway is a pleasure. The Mercury Sable has more than enough power to pass slowpokes and get to speed when coming off the on ramp. The six-speed automatic is a bit buggy, having a hard time downshift when on the fly. This is due to the tuning to reduce gas usage. Riding along at speed is very quiet, nearly a peep from the engine or wind coming into the cabin. Overall, the Mercury Sable is a pleasure to drive.

Safety

The Mercury Sable comes equipped with anti-lock disc brakes, traction control, with stability control being optional. The Mercury Sable has full-length side-curtain airbags, front and rear head airbags, child seat anchors, anti-theft alarm system, engine immobilizer, front seatbelt pre-tensioners, and tire pressure monitoring. The NHTSA have the Mercury Sable five stars for nearly all crash tests except for rollover, which received a four-star rating. The IIHS gave the Mercury Sable its best rating, ""good,"" for all crash tests performed.

EPA Fuel Economy

Mercury Sable: 18/28 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Huge backseat
  • Lots of trunk cargo space
  • Amazing safety and crash test results
  • Fun and balanced ride
  • All-wheel drive
  • Upgraded engine

You Won't Like

  • Sticky downshifting
  • Boring exterior styling
  • Lack of headroom

Sum Up

May not be the flashiest sedan on the market but has pleasurable performance and features.

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