TheCarConnection.com notes some mixed reactions to 2008 Mercury Sable’s styling cues.
When Ford revived the Sable nameplate, it performed a mild makeover on the car. While it's as close to a generic look as you'll find in the automotive world, The Auto Channel says that with the Sable, Mercury "now has a cohesive look...[it] fits neatly into the lineup with the smaller Milan sedan and the Mariner and Mountaineer SUVs," adding that the "revised front and rear styling gives it a more youthful appearance." On the other side, Edmunds reports "improvements for this large family sedan include a restyled front end." Car and Driver, generally more critical than other sources, is less impressed with this year's Mercury Sable: "aside from some modest cosmetic adjustments -- freshened front fascia, new projector-beam headlamps with integrated turn signals, redesigned LED taillamps -- the 'new' [Mercury] Sable is essentially the same as the car it replaces."
Inside, the Sable’s plain, but at least its controls are intuitive. There’s a slight effort to dress up its generic styling; Edmunds reports "the Sable features a handsome cabin." Automotive.com notes "more choice for interior schemes with Sable, beyond the basic chrome and aluminum scheme, including faux carbon fiber, guitar maple, and something called San Macassar, all complementing the two-tone interior theme." Cars.com points out changes for the 2008 Mercury Sable include "updated seat fabric and optional glossy trim pieces that resemble carbon fiber. Two-tone leather upholstery with contrasting stitching is also available."