The styling of the 2009 Mercury Sable garners mixed reactions among reviewers.
Before reintroducing the Montego as the Sable, Ford gave the vehicle a mild makeover. Even with a facelift, the Sable is a generic-looking automobile. Car and Driver, generally more critical than other sources, is not 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." 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."
The interior of the 2009 Sable is plain, but offers intuitive controls. Edmunds reports a slight effort to dress up its generic styling, saying, "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 2009 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."