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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
the high seating position contributes to fine outward visibility
Five stars, frontal crash; five stars, side driver impact; four stars, side rear impact
Good, frontal offset and side impact tests
Buyers of mid-size sedans consider safety as one of their primary purchase reasons. The Mercury Milan satisfies those needs and with optional stability control for 2009 is on par with its competitive set.
In independent crash testing, the 2009 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 2009 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" alerts the driver to obstacles around the car during parking and reversing is optional on the Milan.
In terms of daily driving, ConsumerGuide remarks 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.
Good crash-test scores and a full roster of safety features (though some optional) amount to an impressive package in the 2009 Mercury Milan.