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2002 Mercury Sable: The Affordable Luxury Car


The 2002 Mercury Sable is a full-size car which is safe, comfortable, practical, and fun to drive. It is attractive in a subtle way, which makes it stand out from its dull competitors from Asia and Europe. The interior is roomy and pleasant while the instrumentation and controls are modern and user-friendly. The trunk is also spacious. The Sable has all the bells and whistles when it comes to safety features. As a result, it got a 5-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association.

Mercury Sable 2011

Features of Mercury Sable GS and GS Plus Models

This car from Mercury is available as a sedan or wagon. Buyers can choose from three trim levels: GS, GS Plus and LS Premium, all of which are available for the two body types. Although the GS model has the lowest price, it still has a comprehensive feature set. GS Plus models have five extra equipment, namely a CD player, power driver’s seat, 60/40 split folding rear seats, power adjustable pedals and heated mirrors. Both GS and GS Plus variants get the 155 horsepower 3.0 liter V6.

Features of LS Premium Models

On top of the features of the GS and GS Plus models, the LS Premium Mercury Sable gets bucket seats, leather-covered steering wheels, floor-mount gear shifter, rear air-conditioning vents, electronic climate control, fog lights, automatic headlights, security system, and 7-spoke alloy wheels. Buyers can select leather upholstery free of charge. LS Premium models have a more powerful 3.0 liter V6 engine rated at 200 HP. All models have the 4-speed automatic transmission; there is no stick-shift option.

Strong Points

Looks: The Sable found the balance between beauty and subtlety. Mercury found the sweet spot blending form and function unlike models from other brands that can have either industrial blandness or over-the-top tackiness.

Handling: Feedback from the front wheels to the steering wheel is excellent. The ride is plush enough to cancel out road irregularities, but firm enough to let you know when you’re pushing the chassis and suspension too hard.

Power: The 155 horsepower Vulcan v6 makes the Mercury Sable 2002 feel like a sports sedan, betraying the car’s size and weight. 200 horses from the Duratec v6 turns the Sable into a wolf in sheep’s clothing: responsive and powerful enough to embarrass unsuspecting drivers.

Interior space: You might be surprised at your first time to get in the Mercury as the interior looks roomier than it actually is. It is hard to believe that it is not categorized as a full size car. The wagon variant more than doubles its cargo space when the back seats are folded down.

Seat comfort: The seats feel firm at first, but as you spend more time on them, they turn out to be more comfortable after a long trip than softer ones.

Safety: As explained earlier, this could be one of the Mercury’s strongest points.

Weak Points

Brakes: All models have drum rear brakes while its competition offers 4-wheel discs.

Undesirable to the young. Its understated beauty may appeal to the older folks, but this subtlety does not catch the youth’s attention.


As can be seen from its strengths and features, the Mercury Sable 2002 offers great value for money, plus it is certified safe and that is not easy to ignore.

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