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The performance of the 2009 Mercury Sable is better than you might think.
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Shifts very quickly with very little time lapse

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Feels stable and well planted in fast, wide turns”

Placed at the softer end of the family-car spectrum, the 2009 Mercury Sable provides drivers with surprisingly competent road feel for an auto of its size and mission.

According to, the Sable’s engine "makes an estimated 260 horsepower" and produces "42 lb-ft of torque." ConsumerGuide says the 3.5-liter V-6 "gives stronger, more-relaxed overall performance than Montego's 3.0." reports that the Mercury Sable is "powered by a 3.5-liter, 24-valve V6 engine that makes 30 percent more power and 22 percent more torque than the 3.0-liter V-6 it replaces."

ConsumerGuide reports that the Sable’s transmission "works smoothly, but shifts too much on light throttle at medium speeds and is reluctant to downshift for highway passing sprints." Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available. According to, the engine is "paired with a six-speed automatic transmission built and shared by Ford and GM," and "shifts very quickly with very little time lapse or power loss between gears."

Fuel mileage figures for the 2009 Mercury Sable, according to the EPA, are 18 mpg in city traffic and 28 mpg on the highway. Motor Trend warns that if you "opt for the all-wheel drive, the added drivetrain components bring mileage down to 17 city and 24 highway mpg."

Better road manners for the Sable are attributed to a well-developed suspension. ConsumerGuide reports that the 2009 Mercury Sable "feels stable and well planted in fast, wide turns—especially with AWD—but this car's hefty size and weight allow moderate body lean in tight corners." Its good road manners are due largely to what Edmunds labels "a retuned suspension."

The Sable’s ABS disc brakes are "powerful, with easy modulation and a very nice, powerful progression at the pedal, and not a lot of dead space at the top of the pedal's travel," says


The performance of the 2009 Mercury Sable is better than you might think.

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