The Mercury Sable was originally a midsize front-wheel-drive sedan and wagon when it was introduced for 1986. After five generations that included a cancellation and a relaunch, the Sable was finally laid to rest in 2009.
Mercury Sable Overview
The first-generation Mercury Sable was built from 1986 to 1991. It was followed by a second-generation model that was built from 1992 to 1995 and a third-generation that was built from 1996 to 1999. All throughout its run, the car shared a platform with the more popular Ford Taurus.
In 2000, the fourth-generation Sable was introduced and produced through 2005. This generation was also the last time both the sedan and wagon body styles were offered. In its fifth generation, the Sable returned as a sedan only.
Throughout its model run, the 2000-2005 Mercury Sable offered a pair of unrelated 3.0-liter V6 engines. The standard Vulcan engine offered in Sable GS models makes 155 horsepower, while the high-output Duratec engine makes 200 horsepower and is found in LS trim.
The 2000 Mercury Sable is equipped with a tilt steering wheel, remote keyless entry, power front windows, air conditioning and a cassette player. Upgrades included power-adjustable pedals, a CD player, leather upholstery, a sunroof and side-impact air bags.
Changes for 2001 brought in a new child safety-seat restraint system and a larger 18-gallon fuel tank. New colors were added the following year, and the previously available automatic dimming rearview mirror and security approach lamps became standard.
For 2003, the interior cup holder design was changed. Power windows and door locks, tilt steering and floor mats were now standard across the model line. Beginning with the 2004 model, an updated front end brought in new fog lights on top trims, while a 60/40 split-folding rear seat became standard across the model line.
For 2005, all models were equipped with antilock brakes. The previously available power-adjustable pedals were discontinued. By midyear, the Sable was canceled, replaced by the Mercury Montego.
That wasn't the end of the line for the Sable, though. Coinciding with a product refresh, the Sable returned to dealerships for 2008. It was a rebadged replacement for the outgoing Mercury Montego and only available as a sedan. Relative to the previous generation, this Sable was a step forward, with a more muscular engine, a more premium cabin and a retuned suspension. Front-wheel drive was standard and all-wheel drive was available. All models were powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that comes with a six-speed automatic transmission.
This model also gained electronic stability control across the model line and the voice-activated Sync system. Standard features included 17-inch wheels, full power accessories, cruise control and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The Sable could be upgraded with features such as leather upholstery, heated front seats and dual-zone automatic climate control. For 2009, reverse parking sensors and satellite radio became standard on the top-of-the-line models.
Along with the Ford Taurus, the Mercury Sable can be cross-shopped with full-size cars like the Dodge Charger, Toyota Avalon, Chrysler 300, Chevrolet Impala and Buick LaCrosse.