One-Stop Shopping: Car Seat Checks for 2012's Best-Selling Family Cars


If you're shopping for a family car, chances are high that at least one of the vehicles on our list below is on yours, too. These are the best-selling family cars for January-November 2012, and we've installed child-safety seats in all of them.

Will one of these cars work for your family? Our Car Seat Checks are designed to tell shoppers how easy or difficult it is to install safety seats into a car and what works well and what frustrates us about each car's Latch system.

By Jennifer Newman | December 19, 2012 | Comments (0)

Ford Taurus X, Mercury Sable Cancellations Confirmed


Reports hit the web last week that not only was the Taurus X crossover expected to be terminated this spring, but that the long-running Mercury Sable sedan would cease production at the same time. This morning, Ford confirmed that news with us: Both will indeed stop production this spring. 

At next month’s Detroit auto show, Ford will display an all-new Taurus sedan intended to replace the current model, which shares most of its parts with the Sable. There’s no word on whether a new Sable will come eventually, but things don’t look good.

There’s still talk that Mercury will get more of its own products, but there have been no official announcements on that front. The most-rumored is a convertible based on the European Focus Cabriolet. 

The Taurus X lost its reason for being after the Ford Flex was released this past summer.

By David Thomas | December 8, 2008 | Comments (12) Videos: Hybrids, Convertibles and Hatchbacks, Oh My!


2009 Infiniti FX35: From its menacing grille to its seven-speed transmission, the sporty FX35 is really fun to drive, David Thomas says.

2008 Saab 9-3 convertible: This redesigned convertible, with its distinctive front grille, looks good, David says, but it doesn’t match up to its competition.

2008 MazdaSpeed3: There’s no need to compromise utility for performance with this lively hatchback, Mike Hanley says.

2008 Mercury Sable: The Sable is a sleek-looking, well-proportioned car with lots of passenger and cargo space, Mike says.

2009 Chrysler Aspen Hybrid: Kelsey Mays takes a closer look at the Aspen Hybrid, which gets 19/20 mpg city/highway and can tow up to 6,000 pounds. Try doing that with a Prius.

2008 Kia Sportage: Even with its bargain-basement price, Kelsey says the Sportage no longer measures up to its competition.

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By Jennifer Newman | September 10, 2008 | Comments (1) Reviews 2008 Mercury Sable


We haven’t tested the Montego Sable since its 2008 redesign. Mike Hanley recently got his hands on one of these stately full-size sedans, and Best Bet, that’s the twin of the Ford Taurus. How does this land barge match up to its competitors, the Buick Lucerne, Toyota Avalon and Chrysler 300? Will minor cosmetic enhancements, a powertrain and transmission upgrade, and some sound-deadening extras really fix this boring sedan? Read Mike's full review to find out.

2008 Mercury Sable Expert Review

By Colin Bird | September 8, 2008 | Comments (7)

Face-Off Lite: 2008 Chrysler 300C AWD vs. 2008 Mercury Sable AWD


Recently I was scheduled back-to-back in a new Mercury Sable AWD — in the new Premier trim level — and a Chrysler 300C AWD. Besides a big difference in price and engine sizes, the two large family sedans serve pretty much the same purposes, and I thought it might be interesting to see how they match up.


I was pleasantly surprised with how good-looking the Sable was. Everyone knows the 300C, and you see plenty of them around these days. The Merlot Clearcoat Metallic on the Sable was quite handsome, and I thought the taillights were actually cool with slivers of silver accents cutting through the clear plastic. The 300C’s Dark Titanium Metallic was a little dreary for winter but still looks imposing with the high beltline and small windows.

Winner: Tie

By David Thomas | January 31, 2008 | Comments (15)

Best Cash-Back Finds: 01.25.08


Ford, Lincoln and Mercury are dolling out pretty darn good deals through the end of February, and we had to be selective about which ones we picked for this round of our top finds. We could have gone with the Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner with decent cash back, or numerous SUVs, but we went a different way. We also added one fun-to-drive model that’s surprisingly still in decent supply. For a complete list check out's Incentives page.

2008 Ford Taurus/Mercury Sable

MSRP: $23,485/$23,780
Cash back: $2,000
Percent off MSRP: 8.4-8.5%   
Expires: 2/29/08
5-Year Ownership Costs

Just this week, Ford’s CEO said the company is going to redesign the Taurus completely for 2009. That kind of move would usually have us telling folks to wait and see, but the Taurus and Sable were just updated this year, and we just spent a week in the new Sable and found it to be a great daily driver. The new Premier trim had a pretty nice interior, too. Both also look much better in person and offer a ton of space in the second row and trunk.

By David Thomas | January 25, 2008 | Comments (3)

2007 Chicago Auto Show: 2008 Mercury Sable


Like the new Taurus and Taurus X, the Sable also used to be known by another name, Montego. The Sable has an updated front end, with a smaller grille and larger headlights, while the inside gets a slight upgrade in materials. Again, the big improvement is under the hood, where the same Ford 260-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 rests along with a six-speed automatic transmission. Like the outgoing Montego, the Sable will also have all-wheel drive available as an option. It will also have Ford’s new Sync music and mobile entertainment system available as an option.   

The Sable will go on sale this summer, and we’ll see if the name change, new engine and minor cosmetic surgery does the job.

2007 Chicago Auto Show: 2008 Ford Taurus
Next Up, Sable: Mercury to Rename Montego

By David Thomas | February 7, 2007 | Comments (7)

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