Compare 1997 Mercury Sable vs 1997 Ford Thunderbird

1997 Mercury Sable
1997 Ford Thunderbird
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4-Door Wagon GS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan GS 20 28 $17,864 $19,555
4-Door Wagon GS 19 27 $17,864 $19,555
4-Door Sedan LS 19 28 $20,164 $22,140
4-Door Wagon LS 18 26 $20,164 $22,140
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2-Door Coupe LX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe LX 18 26 $16,318 $17,885
Pricing
Invoice Price
$17,864
$16,318
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$19,555
$17,885
Monthly Payment Estimate
$326 / month
$298 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
Fuel Economy
City
19 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
27 mpg 26 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Station Wagon Mid-Size
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
55.8 55.6
Second Leg Room (in)
38.5 35.8
Front Head Room (in)
39.3 38.1
Passenger Volume (ft³)
104.1 101.0
Second Hip Room (in)
56.2 56.6
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.4 59.1
Second Head Room (in)
38.9 37.5
Passenger Capacity
6 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.6 58.9
Front Leg Room (in)
42.2 42.5
Exterior Dimensions
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
27.2 -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73.0 73.2
Track Width, Front (in)
61.6 61.6
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.5 5.4
Length, Overall (in)
199.1 200.3
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
49.0 -
Height, Overall (in)
57.6 52.5
Liftover Height (in)
NA 24.4
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.8 60.2
Wheelbase (in)
108.5 113.0
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
38.4 -
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
32.0 -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
80.8 -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
81.3 -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA -
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA -
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
38.3 -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
46.5 -
Trunk Volume (ft³)
- 15.1
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.8 x 1.0 10.8 x 1.0
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
NA NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.1 x 0.5 10.1 x 0.7
Brake Type
Power Power
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.0 18.0
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.96 2.75
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.0 14.1
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.0 36.6
Steering Type
Variable Power Power Rack & Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P205/65R15 P215/70R15
Rear Tire Order Code
T32 T37
Front Tire Size
P205/65R15 P215/70R15
Spare Tire Size
T135/70R15 T125/90R15
Front Tire Order Code
T32 T37
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
110 200
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1100 2000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3476 3506
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6 15 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
15 x 4 15 x 4.0
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6 15 x 6.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
11.6 12.6
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
540 540
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
130 130
Engine
Displacement
3.0L/182 3.8L/232
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
145 @ 5250 145 @ 4000
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System
SEFI SEFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
170 @ 3250 215 @ 2750
Engine Order Code
99U 994
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
27 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
19 18
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00
Trans Type
4 4
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
Electronic Electronic
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.26 2.32
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.54 1.56
Trans Order Code
44L 44L
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.77 3.27
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.69 0.70
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD, Automatic w/OD,
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.77 2.84
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
Mercury Sable Ford Thunderbird
Body Style
4 Door Wagon GS 2 Door Coupe LX
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
30.0 30.2
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Short Long Arm
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.55 0.94
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
36.0 30.2
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.75 1.06
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent SLA Independent H-arm
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs

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