The 2009 Mercury Sable mid-size sedan provides seating for 5 adults in a nicely appointed, quiet cabin. It is available in two trim levels; a base model and the up-rated Premier version that we tested. The body style, which was redesigned-in-2008, incorporates such new design elements as fog lights in the front lower valance, LED taillight clusters and standard 17 or 18-inch bright aluminum wheels residing in the fully rounded wheel openings.
There is a single engine/transmission setup: a 3.5 Liter V6 that produces 263 horsepower and 249 pound feet of torque. Power is sent through an electronically controlled 6-speed automatic transmission that drives either the front wheels or Mercury's intelligent all wheel drive system.
The EPA rates the Mercury Sable at 17 miles per gallon City and 28 Highway.
The roomy interior includes optional heated leather seats, a fully adjustable multi-function steering wheel and an 8-way adjustable driver's seat.
The center console is home to the voice activated SYNC communications system that includes hands free communication and a 6-disc CD changer with MP3 Audiophile sound system that shares its display with the optional Satellite radio and Navigation system.
The trunk provides 21.2 cubic feet of cargo space that can be maximized with the 60/40 split folding rear seats and fold flat front passenger seat to allow objects up to nine feet in length to be carried.
Braking is provided by 4-wheel antilock brakes. Electronic stability control is optional. Airbags include dual-stage front and side impact protection and side curtain airbags that protect both front and rear occupants as well as Mercury's safety canopy system that protects passengers in the event of a roll over.
Base MSRP for the 2009 Mercury Sable is $24,425. A fully-loaded all wheel drive Premier can cost as much as $36,000. The Sable is backed by a 5-year, 60,000-mile powertrain warranty.
Looking sharp in the sophomore year of its current generation, the '09 Mercury Sable blends contemporary styling with V6 power in a comfortable mid-size 5 passenger sedan.