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2009 Mercury Sable Review

The 2009 Mercury Sable is a solid choice among used full-size cars due to its top-tier safety scores, comfortable and roomy interior and available all-wheel drive.

Pros & Cons

  • Available all-wheel drive
  • Comfortably seats five
  • Loads of cargo room
  • Excellent safety scores
  • Disappointing transmission and handling dynamics
  • Some confusing interior controls
  • Bland exterior design




Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 7.5
Interior: 7.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.1
Safety: 9.7
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2009 Mercury Sable Overview

The 2009 Mercury Sable shares a lot of its attributes with its platform mate, the 2009 Ford Taurus, but also some of the same criticisms. Noted for its large amount of cargo space and legroom, reviewers thought that the Sable was a dependable family sedan, but nothing too exciting. The Sable is a practical large car that has good performance and competitive fuel economy within its class. Much like the 2009 Taurus, the Sable is one of few large cars that’s available with all-wheel drive. If safety is a priority, you will be impressed with the Sable’s strong safety ratings.

Inside, the Sable offers a spacious and comfortable interior, but it’s not as upscale as some competitors. Still, reviewers felt that the interior was functional. They liked that the Sable sits higher off the ground than some rival large cars, allowing for easier entry and exit. Available in both front- and all-wheel drive, the V6-powered Sable is tuned more for comfort than agility. Common complaints by reviewers included body lean when cornering.

The base Sable comes equipped with standard features that include power front seats, cruise control and a CD player with an auxiliary input. Notable trims include the Premier, which comes equipped with heated front seats, leather upholstery and dual-zone automatic climate control.

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Other Cars to Consider

If you’re considering the Sable, consider widening your used car search to include the 2009 Ford Taurus. The Sable and Taurus share the same platform, so the Ford’s performance and safety ratings are both quite similar to the Mercury’s. Additionally, many reviewers preferred the Taurus’ interior, but with so much in common, it makes sense to shop for both so you can find the best used car deal.

If you’re attracted to the Sable because it’s a spacious, comfortable large car, be sure to consider the 2009 Toyota Avalon. Reviewers felt that the Avalon offered a more refined interior and better performance than the Sable. The Avalon also has slightly better fuel economy and performs just as well in crash tests. Because the 2009 Avalon tends to be more expensive than the 2009 Sable, you might want to consider a 2008 Avalon to save some money.

Compare the Sable to the Taurus and Avalon »

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