2000 Mercury Sable - Road Test Specs

2000 Mercury Sable Wagon

(3.0L V6 4-speed Automatic)
Vehicle
Model year2000
MakeMercury
ModelSable
Style4 Dr LS Premium Wagon
Base MSRP$22,895
As-tested MSRP$24,235
Drivetrain
Drive typeFWD
Engine typeV6
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)200 @ 5750
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)200 @ 4500
Transmission type4A
Track Test Results
0-60 mph (sec.)9.4
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)17.2 @ 82.2
60-0 mph (ft.)136
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)39.8
Test Driver Ratings & Comments
Acceleration commentsClean gauges with clear numbers. No redline markings, just like lots of other recent Ford products. Cutoff comes at 6,500 rpm, but shifts come at 6,000 rpm. Nice engine growl from the Duratec powerplant. Little wheelspin off the line. 2,350 rpm brake torque. More wheelspin would help the times. Good pull throughout powerband, though times are fairly unimpressive. Manually shifting cuts times. Lots of torque steer when pulling away. Shifting manually has to be carefully timed. You must shift almost 1,000 rpm before you want the gear to engage. There's that much of a delay.
Braking commentsLots of grinding and pulsation. ABS is applied quite rapidly. Straight line stability is good. Pedal effort is average to heavy. Consistent. Lots of weight transfer can be felt.
Handling commentsSlow steering. Lots of play in the wheel as well. Tons of torque steer as the wheel jumps in your hands. Good compromise, though, between performance and comfort. Lots of handwork is required here. There's little available power because second gear is not long enough, and you're forced to use third. Car plants itself then turns around each cone. It takes a perpendicular path, rather than a parallel "snaking" path, which hurts times.
Testing Conditions
Elevation (ft.)85
Temperature (F)67
Wind (mph, direction)0
Fuel Consumption
EPA fuel economy (mpg)19 City 27 Highway
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)16
Dimensions & Capacities
Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3473
Length (in.)197.8
Width (in.)73
Height (in.)58
Wheelbase (in.)108.5
Legroom, front (in.)42.2
Legroom, rear (in.)38.5
Headroom, front (in.)39.3
Headroom, rear (in.)38.7
Seating capacity7
Cargo volume (cu-ft)38.8
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)81
Warranty
Bumper-to-bumper3 years / 36,000 miles
Powertrain3 years / 36,000 miles
Corrosion5 years / miles
Roadside assistance3 years / 36,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenance3
Safety
Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsOptional
Head airbagsNot Available
Antilock brakesOptional
Traction controlOptional
Stability controlNot Available
NHTSA crash test, driverNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot Tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot Tested

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