2008 Mercury Sable

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What Changed for 2008:
  • Sable name replaces Montego name

  • New 3.5-liter V-6 engine with 30-percent power increase

  • All-wheel-drive system

  • 6-speed automatic transmission

  • New styling inside and out

  • Optional electronic stability control system

  • Optional Ford Sync communications technology

  • Optional DVD entertainment system

  • Quieter interior

  • Re-tuned suspension
Following the lead of the Ford Five Hundred name-change back to Taurus, the Mercury sedan formerly known as Montego also has reverted to the Sable moniker. Along with a name change comes the addition of a bigger Duratec engine, upgraded interior and exterior styling cues, and features and options that are a step above its Ford brethren, such as two modern woodgrain accents and the Cyber Carbon interior.

Model Lineup
The Sable comes in four trim levels: Sable front- or all-wheel drive, and the Sable Premier in front- or all-wheel drive. Standard features on all trim levels include power side-view mirrors; 17-inch aluminum wheels; manual air conditioning; AM/FM radio with CD player and auxiliary input jack; power windows and door locks; and seatback storage. Other upscale standard features include a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, both with satin-aluminum accents.

The Premier adds two-tone leather seats detailed with contrasting stitching and a new perforated pattern for a more contemporary look. Other upgrades on the Premier trim include a burl woodgrain look on various interior pieces and a classic analog clock. Heated front seats are included as standard on Premier, optional on the entry model. The steering wheel of the Premier features integrated redundant audio and cruise controls. In addition, the optional message center displays outside temperature, elapsed drive time, distance to empty, and various other information.

Options on all Sable models include a one-touch moonroof, satellite radio, reverse sensing system, cargo management system, and a navigation system. The Premier can add memory adjustable pedals and stability control as options.

Replacing the previous Duratec 3.0-liter V-6 engine, a new Duratec 3.5-liter V-6 engine that produces 263 hp and 249 lb.-ft. of torque (a 30-percent increase in power) motivates the 2008 Mercury Sable. The engine is mated to a new 6-speed automatic transmission that replaces the Continuously Variable Transmission. Electric power steering and a revised 4-wheel independent suspension setup are designed to improve overall ride and handling. Traction control, which will apply braking progressively to the wheel with slip in order to transfer torque to the wheels that have some traction, is standard. Anti-lock brakes are standard, as is a new 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty that includes a roadside assistance program.

Even with the increased engine power, EPA estimated fuel economy from this partial zero-emission vehicle-rated engine is estimated at 18 mpg city/28 mpg highway for front-wheel-drive models, and 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway when equipped with all-wheel drive.

The 2008 Mercury Sable, built on Volvo's P2 architecture, has a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) quadruple 5-star crash test rating for all occupants in both frontal and side impacts. The Sable offers standard dual-stage front air bags; side seat-mounted air bags; Safety Canopy side curtain air bags; and the Personal Safety System that includes front-seat air bag deployment determination criteria, seat belt reminder system, and other features that combine to increase occupant protection. A tire-pressure-monitoring system, optional electronic stability control program, and optional automatic headlamps enhance the Sable's list of safety features.

As a family sedan, the 2008 Mercury Sable features many technologies that the manufacturer hopes will keep passengers occupied and comfortable on long trips. An optional DVD-based entertainment system provides hours of movie or game entertainment. Optional Sirius satellite radio provides an abundance of listening choices, and new for 2008 in the Mercury family is Ford Sync, a program that was co-developed with Microsoft and is exclusive to Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles. Sync is a customizable media system that allows the driver to integrate Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones and digital media players with the car and operate them using voice commands.

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  • Name 4dr Sdn FWD Transmission Automatic MSRP 23935.00 Engine 3.5L/213 City/Hwy MPG 18/28
  • Name 4dr Sdn AWD Transmission Automatic MSRP 25785.00 Engine 3.5L/213 City/Hwy MPG 17/24
  • Name Premier (4dr Sdn FWD) Transmission Automatic MSRP 27725.00 Engine 3.5L/213 City/Hwy MPG 18/28
  • Name Premier (4dr Sdn AWD) Transmission Automatic MSRP 29575.00 Engine 3.5L/213 City/Hwy MPG 17/24
  • Premium cloth front bucket seats-inc: 6-way pwr driver seat w/manual lumbar/recline, 2-way pwr passenger seat w/manual recline & fold-flat feature
  • 60/40 split folding rear seats-inc: fixed head restraints, fold-down center armrests w/cup holders
  • Front center console-inc: storage, armrest, cup holders
  • Front/rear carpeted floor mats
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel w/audio/cruise controls, satin aluminum cuffs
  • Adjustable tilt steering column
  • SecuriLock passive anti-theft system
  • Wood grain trim
  • Message center w/trip computer, compass
  • Instrument panel storage bin
  • Instrumentation-inc: tachometer, lamp outage, fuel cap, oil change, door ajar, low washer fluid/oil pressure/coolant indicator
  • Pwr windows w/drivers 1-touch up/down
  • Pwr door locks
  • Remote keyless entry system w/(2) key fobs
  • Keyless entry keypad
  • Pwr remote decklid release
  • Cruise control
  • Single zone manual air conditioning
  • Rear HVAC ducts
  • Rear window defroster
  • AM/FM stereo w/CD player-inc: audio input jack
  • Premium sound pkg w/sound isolation
  • Analog clock
  • Glove box w/dampened door
  • (3) 12V pwr points
  • Map pockets & bottle holders in all doors
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Overhead console-inc: map/dome light, sunglass storage
  • Driver/front passenger sliding visors w/illuminated mirrors
  • (3) grab handles
  • Rear reading lamps
  • Illuminated entry
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob
  • Front seatback map pockets
  • (2) coat hooks
  • Grocery bag hooks in trunk
  • Leather front bucket seats-inc: 8-way pwr driver seat w/pwr recline, manual lumbar, driver seat memory, 4-way pwr passenger seat w/pwr recline, manual lumbar, fold-flat feature
  • Heated front seats
  • 60/40 split folding rear seats-inc: adjustable head restraints, center armrest storage compartment w/cup holders
  • Burl wood grain trim
  • Instrumentation-inc: tachometer, lamp outage, fuel cap, oil change, door ajar, low washer fluid/oil pressure/coolant indicator, exterior temp display
  • Universal garage door opener
  • Perimeter anti-theft alarm
  • Dual zone electronic auto temp control
  • AM/FM stereo w/6-disc CD changer, MP3, Audiophile sound system, audio input jack
  • SYNC voice activated communications & entertainment system-inc: Bluetooth capability, steering wheel controls, USB port, audio input jack
  • Trunk cargo net
  • Body-color rocker moldings
  • Satin waterfall grille & surround
  • Projector beam headlamps
  • Fog lamps
  • LED tail lamps
  • Satin aluminum accent folding pwr mirrors
  • Solar tinted glass
  • Fixed interval windshield wipers
  • Satin aluminum accent door handles
  • Auto on/off delay projector beam headlamps
  • Remote perimeter lighting
  • Satin aluminum accent folding pwr heated mirrors-inc: memory & puddle lamps
  • 3.5L 24-valve V6 Duratec engine
  • Engine block heater *Standard on vehicles in AK, MN, ND, SD, MT, WI, & WY
  • 6-speed automatic transmission
  • 2.77 axle ratio
  • Traction control
  • Front wheel drive
  • 68 amp-hr HD battery w/battery saver & accessory delay
  • P215/60R17 all-season BSW tires
  • 17" 7-spoke bright aluminum wheels
  • Compact spare tire
  • Hydraulic pwr steering
  • 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS)
  • Chrome exhaust tips
  • All-wheel drive
  • P225/55R18 all-season BSW tires
  • 18" 7-spoke bright aluminum wheels w/Mercury center cap
    • 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS)
    • Dual stage driver & front passenger air bags w/drivers seat position sensing, occupant classification sensor, crash severity sensing
    • Safety pkg-inc: Safety Canopy, rollover sensor, driver/passenger side-impact air bags
    • Safety belts-inc: pretensioners, load-limiting retractors, BeltMinder
    • Rear door child safety locks
    • Rear seat Lower Anchors & Tethers for Children (LATCH)
    • Traction control
    • Dual-note horn

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