Eight Vehicles You Probably Didn't Know You Could Still Buy New

2009 Mercury Sable
Last produced: May 2009
Total sold in 2010: 9

Ford stylists have, thankfully, recovered from the coma they were apparently in when they penned the Ford Five Hundred and the Mercury Montego (later rechristened Taurus and Sable), but a few examples of this "We're really just a truck company" design philosophy can still be found on dealer lots. The irony -- and the reason one of these might not be a terrible buy -- is that under its brown-paper-bag exterior, the Sable, discontinued for 2010, is essentially the same safe, functional, efficient full-size car that's now celebrated as the reborn Taurus. It's worth noting that are also forty copies of the old Taurus out there, but since any sales would be rolled into the new car's total, it's hard to tell whether they're selling.

I have to admit I'd never even heard of the Mitsubishi Raider.
I completely disagree with my colleague David Zenlea about the styling of the last-generation Taurus and Sable (nee Ford Five Hundred). I think these are very handsome, if conservative, sedans that have been given a bum rap due to their weak launch powertrain, a 200-hp V-6 mated to a straining CVT transmission. Later versions upped the power significantly, and this generation made FAR better use of interior space than the current bloated Taurus does. So there.

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