Compare 2008 Ford Taurus vs 2009 Mercury Sable

2008 Ford Taurus
2009 Mercury Sable
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4-Door Sedan FWD SEL
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan FWD SEL 18 28 $21,801 $23,635
4-Door Sedan AWD SEL 17 24 $23,467 $25,485
4-Door Sedan FWD Limited 18 28 $25,388 $27,620
4-Door Sedan AWD Limited 17 24 $27,053 $29,470
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4-Door Sedan FWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan FWD 18 28 $23,083 $25,120
4-Door Sedan AWD 17 24 $24,748 $26,970
4-Door Sedan FWD Premier 18 28 $26,917 $29,380
4-Door Sedan AWD Premier 17 24 $28,582 $31,230
Pricing
Invoice Price
$21,801
$23,083
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$23,635
$25,120
Monthly Payment Estimate
$394 / month
$419 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
A great choice for older drivers, the 2008 Ford Taurus excels on its size, safety gear, and large instrumentation, but falls behind the Honda Accord in driving excitement. The 2009 Mercury Sable doesn’t offer much driving excitement or visual flair, but it’s a roomy, comfortable, and very safe big sedan that will win you over in almost every other way.
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Fuel Economy
City
18 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
28 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Large Large
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
57.6 57.6
Front Leg Room (in)
41.3 41.3
Front Hip Room (in)
53.7 53.7
Second Leg Room (in)
41.2 41.2
Front Head Room (in)
39.6 39.6
Passenger Volume (ft³)
108.0 108.0
Second Hip Room (in)
53.6 53.6
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.8 57.8
Second Head Room (in)
38.8 38.8
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
61.5 61.5
Track Width, Rear (in)
64.4 64.4
Wheelbase (in)
112.9 112.9
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 29.1
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
74.5 74.5
Track Width, Front (in)
64.3 64.3
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
201.8 202.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
21.2 21.2
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- TBD - 13.0 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Power
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- TBD - 12.4 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
20.5 20.0
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Hydraulic Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.15 2.86
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
17.1 17.1
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
40.0 40.0
Tires
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA - TBD -
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/60R17 P215/60R17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA - TBD -
Front Tire Size
P215/60R17 P215/60R17
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 1000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 150
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 1000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3741 3741
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 17 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 17 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 11.1
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 154
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 540
Engine
Fuel System
SMPI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
249 @ 4500 249 @ 4500
Engine Order Code
99W 99W
Displacement
3.5L/213 3.5L/- TBD -
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
263 @ 6250 263 @ 6250
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
28 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 18
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 21
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.74 0.74
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.48 4.48
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.84 1.84
Trans Type
6 6
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.88 2.88
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.87 2.87
Trans Order Code
44J 44J
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.77 3.16
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41 1.41
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Ford Taurus Mercury Sable
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Coil over shock Multi-Link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.59 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
MacPherson strut MacPherson
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.02 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Independent
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 5

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