The 2009 Mercury Sable sails past the competition, with the possible exception of the Toyota Corolla, in terms of exterior styling. Its elegant profile is matched with subtle chrome details, while the interior receives impressive technological upgrades. However, with only one engine option available to buyers, some might go with the competition's more customizable models. Nevertheless, the 2009 Sable can be tweaked to meet any buyer's needs in the interior with several standard features normally considered add-ons for other four-door family sedans. This five-passenger model was awarded the title of safest full-size sedan in America based on overall ratings from NHTSA and IIHS, which is sure to please potential buyers with small children.
Inside, the Mercury Sable can have each owner's personal touches installed. But, standard features include MP3 compatibility, a CD changer and four speakers, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a six-way driver's seat. The auto-dimming rearview mirror eliminates glares, so that drivers can easily see vehicles behind them in the dark. Optional upgrades include a voice-activated navigation system (Premier trim only), SYNC voice-activated communications and entertainment system, and heated leather-trimmed front seats. The SYNC system allows drivers to take and make phone calls without removing their hands from the steering wheel, and even music selections can be made from a connected MP3 player with simple voice commands.
Safety features are what make the 2009 Sable stand out in the crowd. With the highest ratings possible from both NHTSA and IIHS, the Sable beats every other model in its class. Dual-stage airbags, a tire pressure monitoring system, and Electronic Stability Control are just a few of the many safety additions to this sedan. The tire pressure monitoring system features a digital readout in the instrument cluster that alerts drivers if a tire has too little or too much pressure.
Under the hood, the Mercury Sable is equipped with a 263 horsepower 3.5L V6. Though the engine is impressive, without any other choices, some buyers could be put off. Also, only a six-speed automatic transmission is available. However, consumers can choose from either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Nevertheless, the AWD version will see a drop in fuel economy to 17 city MPG and 24 highway MPG, while the FWD gets 18 city MPG and 28 highway MPG. With 249-lbs per foot of torque, the Sable has sufficient power for a full-size sedan.
In general, the 2009 Mercury Sable is a solid vehicle. Its high points are really in its options, which could be a deterrent for some buyers that would rather have some features included in the standard version. Intro priced at $24,425, the Sable is also one of the most affordable family sedans on the market. Families will find that the 2009 Sable is safe for children, but also is a great pick for individuals who simply want to drive a sophisticated-looking vehicle.