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Old 03-07-2003, 11:15   #1 (permalink)
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2003 Mercury Sable Ls Premium Station Wagon

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DATE IN FLEET: Feb. 18-March 4
AS-TESTED PRICE: $26,140
POWERTRAIN: 3.0-liter V6; fwd, four-speed automatic HP: 200 @ 5650 rpm TORQUE: 200 @ 4400 rpm
CURB WEIGHT: 3504 pounds

STOLL: This sure isnít the station wagon in which my father drove us to Denver every summer. Itís a really comfortable, smart and safe vehicle, and it could be the only real domestic competition in the midsize wagon market worth considering. When my dad would load us all up with magnetic chessboards and a plug-in-the-lighter television set, there were floaty, bouncy, faux-wood-paneled wagons coming from everywhere it seemed, but thatís no longer the case. Whereís the competition for this vehicle?
Okay, the domestic wagon market is a bear right now, but you would think GM would have something to go against the Sable/Taurus wagon. This is a legitimate driver, stable and powerful enough for getting the job done. And it had third-row seating even before it was a fad. This drives, or seems to drive, even better than a Sable sedan, really impressive through a lane change. Flooring it to 6500 rpm on the straightaway was actually some fun. I think itís only about 200 pounds heavier than a four-cylinder Camry, but it has room and power advantages oozing from its pores (granted, quality may be an issue, especially considering you can get a four-cylinder Camry for around 20 grand, but not with all the stuff on this car).

ROSS: Like Stoll, I grew up in wagons and vans, and the only thing on this car that reminded me of those days (besides the obvious) is the old-style odometer. Unlike the mini-wagons we see plenty of today, this full-size wagon has some style. Drop in some tinted windows, a set of MJís, and lower the front by two inches, and youíd be big pimpiní. The interior is comfortable, but I was never able to find the exact seat position for myself. Overall, not a bad package: Gas mileage was good, pickup was excellent and passenger room was superb.
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