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TheCarConnection.com has driven the 2010 Mercury Milan and Milan Hybrid to bring you this hands-on review that covers styling, performance, safety, utility, and features from on-the-road observations. TheCarConnection.com's editors also researched reviews from other sources to give you a comprehensive range of opinions from around the Web-and to help you decide which ones to trust. High Gear Media drove a manufacturer-provided Mercury Milan and Milan Hybrid to produce this hands-on road test.
- Distinctive styling
- Remarkably good roadholding
- High-quality, well-built interior
- Available hybrid model is a standout
- SYNC infotainment system
- Backseat could be larger
- Transmission offers only "D" and "L" options
- Rear seat-back release located in truck
Both restyled and extensively refreshed with new powertrains, the 2010 Mercury Milan and Milan Hybrid are remarkably good mid-size sedans that should be better known than they are. Although they're mechanically identical to the Ford Fusion and Fusion Hybrid models, the Milan's cleaner exterior and more stylish interior set it apart, taking it a step up. Starting at $21,860 ($31,915 for the 2010 Milan Hybrid), the Milan line competes in the hotly contested mid-size sedan market with cars like the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Nissan Altima, and Chevrolet Malibu.
There are multiple versions and options for the 2010 Mercury Milan and Milan Hybrid, including front- or all-wheel drive, four- or six-cylinder engines, manual or automatic transmissions, and a hybrid model-although not all combinations are available. All-wheel drive, for instance, is available only with the V-6, and if you want a manual gearbox, that limits you to the four-cylinder.
The base 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine delivers 175 horsepower, and can be matched with a standard six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. The 3.0-liter V-6 cranks out 240 hp, and comes only with a standard six-speed automatic-although it offers no manual shifting options besides "drive" and "low." Best fuel economy figures for the standard Milan are 22 mpg city, 31 mpg highway for the four-cylinder with the six-speed automatic; specifying the six-speed manual subtracts only 2 mpg from the highway rating. Adding the V-6 engine exacts a penalty, with the front-wheel-drive version rated at 19 mpg, 27 mpg, and the all-wheel drive even lower at 18 mpg city, 25 highway.