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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
One glaring omission is stability control, which isn't available on any Milan
Five stars, frontal crash; five stars, side driver impact; four stars, side rear impact
Good, frontal offset and side impact tests
When it comes to the family-oriented mid-size sedan segment, safety is especially important, and the 2008 Mercury Milan doesn't disappoint here.
In independent crash testing, the 2008 Mercury Milan performs very well. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gives the Milan Mercury five out of five stars for most of its tests, and four out of five for side rear impact collisions. Seconding these outstanding crash test ratings is the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), which gives the Mercury Milan its highest rating, Good, for both frontal offset and side impact tests.
Solid crash test ratings are not the only thing consumers look for when it comes to occupant safety, and the 2008 Mercury Milan accordingly offers a variety of safety features. Cars.com lists the standard safety features as including "side-impact and side curtain airbags," along with standard "antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution." Kelley Blue Book adds that "an active perimeter alarm" that alerts the driver to obstacles around the car during parking and reversing is optional on the Milan. Mercury’s “glaring omission,” Edmunds says, is the lack of "stability control, which isn't available on any Milan" despite the fact that nearly all of the Milan's competitors offer some sort of stability system.
In terms of safe daily driving, ConsumerGuide writes that "the high seating position contributes to fine outward visibility" on the Mercury Milan, an attribute that will certainly aid in merging and highway situations.
Solid crash test ratings, a respectable list of safety features, and great visibility all combine to make the 2008 Mercury Milan a fine safety pick, but stability control is off the menu.