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2008 Mercury Sable

Overview The all-new 2008 Mercury Sable combines smart features with a sophisticated new design. Underneath the sleek hood is a new 3.5L V-6 engine, winner of Ward's 10 Best Engines award, coupled with a class-exclusive standard six-speed automatic transmission. The interior comprises of many clever technologies, including the exclusive voice-control of the SYNC communications and entertainment system.

Engine and Performance Sable is powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 engine and a sharp, 6-speed transmission. The Duratec 35 engine produces 245 pound-feet of torque and 263 horsepower, which is an increase of nearly 30 percent over the outgoing Duratec 30. Fuel economy is improved by nearly 10 percent. Sable’s 6-speed automatic transmission is well fashioned and smooth. The available all-wheel-drive system – similar to the system used on the new Mercury Mariner – features an electronically controlled center coupling that can distribute exact amounts of torque from front to rear, up to 100 percent to either axle.

Body and Styling Sable’s modern, distinctive look builds on the clean, modern design themes featured on the Mercury Milan and Mariner. Sable’s clean, integrated front-end design centers on Mercury’s signature satin aluminum waterfall grille, flanked by exquisitely detailed jeweled projector beam headlamps that sweep up over the front fenders. A core attribute of Mercury design is a modern, airy interior, complementing the clean exterior. With Sable, this design direction comes to life in two-tone interior trimmings with unique accents.

Safety Features Standard safety features include an AdvanceTrac electronic stability control system, dual-stage driver and passenger front air bags, seat-deployed side air bags for driver and front passenger, Ford’s Safety Canopy side curtain air bags for both rows of seats, LATCH, SecuriLock passive anti-theft system, and more. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has awarded Sable the “Top Safety Pick” designation for large family cars. Sable also has earned the maximum five-star rating in all crash test categories from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).