The Ford Taurus is the Sable's stablemate with a bold horizontal grille.
Chevrolet's Impala was improved a few years ago and can be a great bargain; plus, it's the only car in this group with a V-8 option.
But the Impala ranks a step behind in safety.
The Buick LaCrosse is surprisingly satisfying with a V-6 engine, a great automatic transmission, and a sophisticated interior.
The Toyota Avalon's somewhat unusual styling is balanced by its vast interior room and the model's exceptional reputation for reliability.
Finally, there’s the Honda Accord; since its last redesign for ‘08, the Accord has an even more mature feel than the previous generation, with plenty of smoothness and refinement to satisfy those who’ve owned luxury-brand cars before.
The Accord isn’t as roomy as the Sable, however.
|2009 Mercury SableBrowse Used Listings||2009 Chevrolet ImpalaBrowse Used Listings||2008 Ford TaurusBrowse Used Listings||2008 Honda Accord SedanBrowse Used Listings||2008 Toyota AvalonBrowse Used Listings|
|17 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V6||Gas/Ethanol V6||Gas V6||Gas I4||Gas V6|
|4-Door Sedan FWD *Ltd Avail*||4-Door Sedan LS||4-Door Sedan SEL FWD||4-Door I4 Manual LX||4-Door Sedan XL (Natl)|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan LS||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan|
|Automatic||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Manual||Automatic w/OD|