Used 2009 Mercury Sable

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent safety ratings, huge backseat and trunk, available Sync multimedia integration system, comfortable ride, available all-wheel drive.
  • No telescoping steering column, mushy brake pedal, coarse V6, uninspiring handling.
List Price Range
$5,990 - $10,900

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Edmunds' Expert Review

The 2009 Mercury Sable is a solid if unexciting choice among full-size sedans, offering spaciousness, safety and adequate performance.

Vehicle overview

If you're old enough to remember when "Flashdance" was cool, then you're probably familiar with the original '80s-vintage Mercury Sable, whose futuristic full-width headlight bar and wrap-around greenhouse set it apart from the faceless crowd of midsize sedans and wagons. Essentially a Ford Taurus by another name, the Sable's striking styling and relatively advanced features won it legions of loyal customers.

Ah, how times have changed -- the 2009 Mercury Sable isn't even a "real" Sable, but rather a renamed Mercury Montego, a twin of the old Ford Five Hundred that officially met its maker a couple years ago. And unlike those avant-garde Sables of yore, the current Sable plays it safe with middle-of-the-road styling. On the bright side, though, the availability of Microsoft's Sync system puts the Sable on the technological cutting edge for this segment, and there's plenty to like about it from a family-minded buyer's point of view.

The first priority on many families' lists is safety, and it doesn't get much better than the Sable in this regard -- the government has given this Mercury perfect five-star ratings across the board. Another Sable virtue is its ample passenger and cargo space, both of which put midsize family sedans to shame. There's available all-wheel drive for those who need it, and the Sable rides smoothly for a car at this price point. Even the gas mileage is good: At 28 mpg highway, the V6-powered front-wheel-drive Sable comes close to matching the fuel economy of many midsize vehicles despite its full-size status.

However, there are reasons why the Sable isn't on the tip of our tongues when we speak of segment-leading full-size sedans. The steering wheel doesn't telescope, which makes the car not very hospitable for taller folks. The brake pedal's action is long and soft, inspiring little confidence during hard stops. Nor is the car particularly enjoyable to drive, a result of its unsporting high seating position, pronounced body roll on twisty roads and coarse-sounding V6.

Particularly given the availability of the segment-exclusive Sync system, which allows for seamless voice-activated operation of iPods and cellular phones, the 2009 Mercury Sable has enough going for it to be considered a contender in the full-size sedan category. This is especially true if the Sable's strengths in safety and interior room are priorities for you. However, it would be wise to check out a few other large sedans before deciding, including the Chrysler 300, Hyundai Azera, Pontiac G8 and Toyota Avalon.

Mercury Sable models

The 2009 Mercury Sable is a full-size sedan available with either front-wheel drive or AWD. The two trim levels are base and Premier. The well-equipped base Sable has 17-inch wheels, full power accessories, power seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, wood grain interior trim, air-conditioning, a CD player with an auxiliary input jack, cruise control and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Move up to the Premier and you'll get 18-inch wheels, leather upholstery, front seat heaters, memory settings for the driver seat and mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, an upgraded audio system with a six-disc CD changer, heated mirrors with puddle lamps and an analog clock.

Options include a moonroof, a navigation system, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, Sirius Satellite Radio and the Sync multimedia integration system. The Voga Package adds 18-inch chrome wheels, chrome accents, unique interior and exterior colors, cashmere interior trim and exclusive badging.

2009 Highlights

The 2009 Mercury Sable receives standard stability control across the lineup, and reverse parking sensors and satellite radio are now standard on Premier models. The new Voga Package adds 18-inch wheels, unique interior and exterior color schemes, cashmere interior trim and exclusive badging.

Performance & mpg

The Sable is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 that cranks out 263 horsepower and 249 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission is mandatory, but buyers can choose between front-wheel drive and AWD. Fuel economy is rated at a laudable 18 mpg city/28 highway and 22 combined for front-wheel-drive models, while AWD taxes the Sable to the tune of 17 mpg city/24 highway and 19 combined.


Antilock disc brakes with brake assist, stability control, front-seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags are standard on every 2009 Mercury Sable. There is also a standard "SOS Post-Crash Alert System" that unlocks the doors and activates the horn and emergency flashers in the event that the airbags are deployed.

Crash testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration returned perfect five-star ratings by every measure, and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety similarly awarded the Sable its top "Good" rating in every test.


Though the Sable's 3.5-liter V6 sounds strained at higher engine speeds, it gets the job done, pulling the Sable around with adequate gusto. The six-speed automatic, though, is too slow to downshift. On back roads, the Sable is hardly a willing companion, due to its substantial body roll and spongy brake pedal. Nonetheless, the ride is fairly comfortable, and road noise on the highway is muted compared to that of some other midsize and full-size sedans.


Inside the 2009 Mercury Sable, the news is generally positive, though cars such as the Avalon and Azera feature more visual interest in their dash layouts. Most controls are logically arrayed, and there are plenty of storage areas and an impressive eight cupholders. Legroom is plentiful front and back, and the Sable's characteristic elevated seating position is evocative of crossover SUVs. The 21-cubic-foot trunk is gargantuan, and the Sable's 60/40-split rear bench and front passenger seats fold flat, allowing items up to 9 feet in length to be transported inside the car.


Overallundefined / 5

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2009 Mercury Sable.

Average user rating: 5.0 stars
8 total reviews
5 star reviews: 100%
4 star reviews: 0%
3 star reviews: 0%
2 star reviews: 0%
1 star reviews: 0%

Trending topics in reviews

  • spaciousness
  • fuel efficiency
  • driving experience
  • comfort
  • handling & steering
  • interior
  • safety
  • ride quality
  • engine
  • value
  • acceleration
  • transmission
  • seats
  • brakes
  • infotainment system

Most helpful consumer reviews

5/5 stars, Bring back Murcury; A wonderful car
Premier 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
I've owned a 2009 Sable for several years and have found that it has the greatest brakes. They are quick and sure without being too touchy. They have already saved me in an emergency. The steering is quick and on our twisty curvey roads in Penna. this car handles like it is on rails. The engine is very responsive and smooth. It gets amazing gas mileage for a of this size; over 30MPH on the interstate. I agree that it did take some time getting used to the steering wheel being farther away than usual without telescoping however, it feels perfectly normal now. Actually gives you more room, makes other cars feel cramped. It is such a great car that I bought a 2nd one for my wife.
4.75/5 stars, Good later years vehicle
Premier 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
Very happy with the 2009 Sable compared to 2003 Grand Marquis which we still own. Good vehicle for older people for ease of entry, more room than it appears. Is a fun to drive auto and takes less room to park.
4.5/5 stars, A Pleasant Surprise
Premier 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
I'll admit, the Mercury Sable wasn't even on my radar screen. I'd fallen in love with the Lincoln MKZ and was shopping for a late model used one. In doing my research I ran across quite a number of very low mileage 2009 Mercury Sable Premier program cars. I liked the Lincoln a lot but the Mercury impressed me even more. It's a large car with great passenger and trunk space, it has great road manners, it's very comfortable, it gets great safety numbers and the MPG is good for a large car. It's surprisingly quick and in some ways it reminds me of my a much more refined version of my old 1995 SHO Taurus. I am really happy with my purchase.
4.625/5 stars, Good Buy
Premier 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
I am very satisfied with my new Sable so far. To be honest I had never heard of the Sable and was not in the market to purchase one. I had my eye on a Chrysler Pacifica. After test driving the Pacifica I stumbled across the Sable and decided to take it for a drive. I was impressed with the features and the smooth ride. The trunk space is great. Price was the deciding factor for me and the fact that it came with so many great features like the Sync and Sirius radio was a perk. I'm happy so far.

Features & Specs

MPG & Fuel
18 City / 28 Hwy / 21 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 20 gal. capacity
5 seats
Type: front wheel drive
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
V6 cylinder
Horsepower: 263 hp @ 6250 rpm
Torque: 249 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm
Basic Warranty
3 yr./ 36000 mi.
Length: 202.1 in. / Height: 61.5 in. / Width: 74.5 in.
Curb Weight: 3670 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 21.2 cu.ft.


NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Driver5 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Side Crash RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Side Barrier RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Driver5 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front SeatNot Rated
Back SeatNot Rated
Rollover4 / 5
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of RolloverNot Rated

IIHS Rating

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

Side Impact Test
Roof Strength TestNot Tested
Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
Moderate Overlap Front Test


Is the Mercury Sable a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2009 Sable both on the road and at the track. You probably care about Mercury Sable fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Sable gets an EPA-estimated 19 mpg to 21 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Sable has 21.2 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Mercury Sable. Learn more

Is the Mercury Sable reliable?

To determine whether the Mercury Sable is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Sable. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Sable's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2009 Mercury Sable a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2009 Mercury Sable is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2009 Sable is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2009 Mercury Sable?

The least-expensive 2009 Mercury Sable is the 2009 Mercury Sable 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $25,120.

Other versions include:

  • Premier 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A) which starts at $29,380
  • 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A) which starts at $25,120
  • Premier 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) which starts at $31,230
  • 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) which starts at $26,970
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What are the different models of Mercury Sable?

If you're interested in the Mercury Sable, the next question is, which Sable model is right for you? Sable variants include Premier 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A), 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A), Premier 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A), and 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A). For a full list of Sable models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2009 Mercury Sable

Used 2009 Mercury Sable Overview

The Used 2009 Mercury Sable is offered in the following submodels: Sable Sedan. Available styles include Premier 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A), 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A), Premier 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A), and 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A). Pre-owned Mercury Sable models are available with a 3.5 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 263 hp, depending on engine type. The Used 2009 Mercury Sable comes with front wheel drive, and all wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 6-speed automatic. The Used 2009 Mercury Sable comes with a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. basic warranty, a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. powertrain warranty.

What do people think of the 2009 Mercury Sable?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the Used 2009 Mercury Sable and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the Used 2009 Sable 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the Used 2009 Sable.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2009 Mercury Sable and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2009 Sable featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New Used 2009 Mercury Sable?

Used 2009 Mercury Sable 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

The Used 2009 Mercury Sable 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $25,945. The average price paid for a new Used 2009 Mercury Sable 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A) is trending $22,191 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $22,191 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $3,754.

The average savings for the Used 2009 Mercury Sable 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A) is 85.5% below the MSRP.

Used 2009 Mercury Sable Premier 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

The Used 2009 Mercury Sable Premier 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $30,205. The average price paid for a new Used 2009 Mercury Sable Premier 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A) is trending $26,400 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $26,400 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $3,805.

The average savings for the Used 2009 Mercury Sable Premier 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A) is 87.4% below the MSRP.

Which used 2009 Mercury Sables are available in my area?

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What is the MPG of a 2009 Mercury Sable?

2009 Mercury Sable Premier 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A), 6-speed automatic, regular unleaded
21 compined MPG,
18 city MPG/28 highway MPG

2009 Mercury Sable 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A), 6-speed automatic, regular unleaded
21 compined MPG,
18 city MPG/28 highway MPG

2009 Mercury Sable Premier 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A), 6-speed automatic, regular unleaded
19 compined MPG,
17 city MPG/24 highway MPG

EPA Est. MPG21
Transmission6-speed automatic
Drive Trainfront wheel drive
Displacement3.5 L
Passenger Volume129.2 cu.ft.
Wheelbase112.9 in.
Length202.1 in.
Width74.5 in.
Height61.5 in.
Curb Weight3670 lbs.

Should I lease or buy a 2009 Mercury Sable?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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