The Car Connection Mercury Milan Overview
First introduced for 2006, the Milan was virtually identical to the Ford Fusion sedan but, much like other models offered under the Mercury brand, has a somewhat different aesthetic in its trims and details. Most overtly, there's the different Mercury 'waterfall' grille, straked vertically rather than horizontally as in Ford products, along with satin-finish brightwork inside and out, plus LED taillamps and a different rear fascia.
The Milan has been offered in fewer variants than the Fusion but has, just as the Ford, been offered with four- and six-cylinder engines. From 2006-2009, the standard engine in the Milan was a 160-horsepower, 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine, with a 221-hp, 3.0-liter V-6 available. A five-speed manual was standard with the four, with a five-speed automatic optional, but a six-speed automatic was the only way to shift with the V-6.
Overall, the Milan handles much better than most mid-size sedans but with a little less finesse than some buyers might expect, especially with the rather coarse four-cylinder engine. The steering doesn't give a lot of road feel, but the Fusion stays confident and planted on tight curves. The quite simple, straightforward interior layout might not have the look of some of its trendier rivals, but most will appreciate the lack of clutter. Back seat space in the Milan is generally quite good as well, with enough space for adults. It should be noted that on 2007 Milan models, side airbags and ABS—features that had been optional—became standard. On all these models, build quality has been commended and reliability has proven good.
For 2010, the Milan was given a list of substantial upgrades, along with a new engine lineup: a new base 2.5-liter four-cylinder makes 175 horsepower, with new manual or automatic six-speed transmissions, and a 240-hp version of the 3.0-liter V-6 is available. All-wheel drive is also offered. Compared to the previous models' base engine, the new four provided stronger, smoother operation with slightly better fuel economy, while refinement and interior comfort have been improved.
Also for 2010, a new Mercury Milan Hybrid model was first introduced. Basically the same as the much-acclaimed Ford Fusion Hybrid, the Milan Hybrid offers a specially modified version of the 2.5-liter four, with an electronic continuously variable transmission and electric-drive components. The Milan Hybrid can go up to 47 mph in electric mode and achieves a class-leading EPA 41 mpg city, 36 highway.