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2005 Mercury Sable

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$127 — $6,771 USED
Sedan
5-8 Seats
23 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Quietness
  • Highway stability
  • Driving ease
  • Automatic-transmission operation

The Bad

  • Ride comfort on rough surfaces
  • Visibility
  • Resale value
  • Aging design
  • NHTSA side-impact crash-test ratings

What to Know

about the 2005 Mercury Sable
  • Choice of two V-6s
  • Two trim levels
  • Standard automatic

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Our Take

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Vehicle Overview
Mercury's midsize front-wheel-drive Sable enters the 2005 model year with a simplified lineup and two new body colors. A leather and wood steering wheel is now standard on LS models. A new LS Premium Package includes leather seating surfaces, automatic climate control and automatic headlights.

The Sable and its Ford Taurus cousin were last restyled for 2000. Ford's version is by far the stronger seller. The Sable is likely near the end of its lifecycle, but Mercury has introduced a new Montego sedan for 2005 and will offer a new Milan sedan in 2006.


Exterior
Even though it is closely related to the Taurus, the Sable exhibits a more conservative and traditional appearance. It has a chrome-plated vertical-bar grille. With a 108.5-inch wheelbase and an overall length just below 200 inches, the Sable is one of the longest midsize sedans on the U.S. market.

The Sable rides on 16-inch all-season tires, and the LS versions have six-spoke aluminum wheels. Fog lamps and bodyside moldings with bright inserts are standard on LS models.


Interior
Either five or six occupants can fit inside the Sable sedan. Five-passenger sedans have a floor-mounted gearshift and a front center console. Six-passenger models have a flip-fold center seat that can be configured for a front center armrest with cup and coin holders and cassette storage.

Standard GS equipment includes a cassette player, air conditioning, cruise control, a tilt steering wheel, remote keyless entry, and power w...
Vehicle Overview
Mercury's midsize front-wheel-drive Sable enters the 2005 model year with a simplified lineup and two new body colors. A leather and wood steering wheel is now standard on LS models. A new LS Premium Package includes leather seating surfaces, automatic climate control and automatic headlights.

The Sable and its Ford Taurus cousin were last restyled for 2000. Ford's version is by far the stronger seller. The Sable is likely near the end of its lifecycle, but Mercury has introduced a new Montego sedan for 2005 and will offer a new Milan sedan in 2006.


Exterior
Even though it is closely related to the Taurus, the Sable exhibits a more conservative and traditional appearance. It has a chrome-plated vertical-bar grille. With a 108.5-inch wheelbase and an overall length just below 200 inches, the Sable is one of the longest midsize sedans on the U.S. market.

The Sable rides on 16-inch all-season tires, and the LS versions have six-spoke aluminum wheels. Fog lamps and bodyside moldings with bright inserts are standard on LS models.


Interior
Either five or six occupants can fit inside the Sable sedan. Five-passenger sedans have a floor-mounted gearshift and a front center console. Six-passenger models have a flip-fold center seat that can be configured for a front center armrest with cup and coin holders and cassette storage.

Standard GS equipment includes a cassette player, air conditioning, cruise control, a tilt steering wheel, remote keyless entry, and power windows, locks and mirrors. A six-speaker Mach audio system with a six-CD changer is optional. The Sable's trunk volume is 16 cubic feet, and the 60/40-split rear seatback folds for additional cargo space. A Platinum Edition package is available on the LS.


Under the Hood
Buyers can choose between two 3.0-liter V-6s. The overhead valve V-6 in the GS produces 153 horsepower. A more powerful dual-overhead-cam V-6 in the LS delivers 201 hp. Both engines team with a four-speed-automatic transmission that incorporates adaptive shift control programming. Mercury also offers a flexible-fuel version of the overhead-valve V-6 that is rated at 155 hp.

Safety
The front airbags deploy at one of two inflation levels based on crash severity and whether the seat belts are buckled. Side-impact airbags for front occupants are optional. Antilock brakes are standard on the LS and optional on the GS. Front seat belt pretensioners and retractors remove slack during a crash.

Driving Impressions
A Sable sedan might not generate much driving excitement, but it's easy to drive and has a lot to offer. This car appeals to consumers because of its practical virtues, which include strong V-6 performance, ample load capacity and a generally comfortable ride � and you get all this in a reasonably refined package.

The Sable has a very quiet engine and is stable on the highway. Acceleration is smooth and refined. The automatic transmission is effective, downshifting promptly for passing or merging. Ride comfort is pleasing most of the time, but this car can hit some bumps and holes rather hard. Over-the-shoulder visibility isn't the best, and the mirrors could be larger.


Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.7
13 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.4)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

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(5.0)

LOVE IT !!!

by mari from bimble,ky on December 14, 2017

the backseats pull down and makes it so easy to transport big items ,love the car,its a good work car Read full review

(5.0)

A great car at a great price

by Tigerjack1906 from Fort Myers on August 23, 2017

This car has been a great buy used at Lee Motors. It works great reliable and economical runs like a charm. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2005 Mercury Sable currently has 1 recall


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2005 Mercury Sable has not been tested.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Sable received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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