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PERFORMANCE | 8 out of 10
neither engine offers much off-the-line grunt
Available all-wheel-drive capabilities not found in the Honda Accord or Toyota Camry
Kelley Blue Book
(automatic) lacks manual-shift mode, which would be useful on hilly roads
The 2009 Mercury Milan is offered with several powertrain combinations, combining either a 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine with manual or five-speed automatic transmissions or a sportier 3.0-liter six-cylinder with a six-speed automatic. All-wheel drive is available with only the V-6.
The Milan brings average performance with either engine option, though the 3.0-liter version provides an expected performance boost. Edmunds finds that "neither engine offers much off-the-line grunt.” While Kelley Blue Book agrees with the initial sentiment, noting a "moderate delay on initial acceleration," they also say that "the Milan is eager to pass or merge" once it gets going. ConsumerGuide provides further validation, reporting that V-6-powered Mercury Milans "have good passing and merging power, even with the additional weight of AWD."
Reviews read by TheCarConnection.com also approve of the transmission offerings on the 2009 Mercury Milan, with ConsumerGuide saying that "the smooth, responsive six-speed automatic makes the most of the available power." However, they lament the lack of a "manual-shift mode, which would be useful on hilly roads." Edmunds also wishes for a manual-shift option on the Milan, feeling that it would "make the car even more attractive to driving enthusiasts." Fuel economy varies across the powertrains on the Milan Mercury, but the EPA estimates 20 mpg city, 29 mpg highway for the 2.3-liter with a manual and front-wheel drive and 18 mpg city, 26 mpg highway with the 3.0-liter V-6 and front-wheel drive.
The 2009 Mercury Milan is adept in corners, and many reviewers are surprised by the Milan's handling characteristics. Edmunds raves about the "responsive steering" and thinks the "the 2009 Mercury Milan is one of the sportier" vehicles in its class. ConsumerGuide also loves the car's road abilities, proclaiming that the Milan possesses "good balance in turns with modest body lean" and finds that "AWD traction is a boon on slick road." When combined with the 2009 Milan's "stopping control and brake pedal feel" that ConsumerGuide considers "good," it all adds up to an impressive driving experience.
The 2009 Mercury Milan’s engines are adequate, but its handling separates it from the mid-size sedan pack.