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Why the Mercury Sable Was Especially Painful

What made the old Sable better than the Taurus? Its fake wooden dash trim.

Ford’s discontinued Mercury brand didn’t have many fans by the end of its life. There are many reasons for that, and one of them was the Sable. The badge engineered twin of the Taurus was the car of choice for many baby boomers that later passed them down to their millennial kids. Why buy the Sable? The Taurus was too ordinary (read: too working class) for some while others just loved the Sable’s fake wooden dash trim and slightly softer suspension. Its pushrod V6 engine was also ancient.

Come to think of it, there was nothing good about the 2002 Sable, which has just reviewed in this video by the continuing hilarity of Regular Car Reviews. You may remember them from last week’s awesome take on the Mazda Miata.

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