By KBB.com Editors
Mercury's long run as Ford's near-luxury division sadly comes to an end this year. 2011 is the last year for the storied brand, meaning it's a great time to get a really good deal on leftover inventory. One of Mercury's most alluring offerings is the Milan. Sharing its engines and chassis with the Ford Fusion (and thus with the last-generation Mazda MAZDA6), the Milan wades into the lucrative mid-size family sedan market with a sense of individual style and available all-wheel-drive capabilities not offered on the Honda Accord or Toyota Camry. Offered with a choice of a fuel-efficient four-cylinder, powerful V6 engine and even a hybrid model, the Milan features enough diversity to satisfy all but the most hardcore driving enthusiast. With prices starting in the low $20K range, the affordable Milan should appeal to fashion-conscious buyers who want to look good but don't want to spend a fortune doing so.
If you like a roomy sedan that does just about everything well, the 2011 Mercury Milan is a sensible choice. Upscale amenities and premium interior touches help give it a distinct identity from its Ford Fusion cousin.
If you're looking for a sizeable rear seat capable of comfortably fitting three persons, the Toyota Camry, Hyundai Sonata or larger Ford Taurus make better choices. Those who desire both V6 power and the ability to shift their own gears with a manual transmission should look to the Honda Accord.
Changes for 2011 include the addition of SelectShift six-speed automatic to the Premier V6, automatic headlamps and MyKey programmable key. New available features for the Milan include HD Radio (requires navigation) and rain-sensing wipers, while integrated blind-spot mirrors are made standard on models not equipped with the Blind Spot Information System (BLIS).
Driving Impressions Overall, the 2011 Mercury Milan feels a tad more refined and luxurious than Ford's Fusion. Although the ride is generally good, occasional hard bumps can produce harsher reactions than expected....Easy to drive, the Milan doesn't lean much in curves and stays on course, but more enthusiastic drivers might prefer it to be more precise. Except for slight road noise on some surfaces, plus some engine noise during hard acceleration, the V6 Milan is impressively quiet. The new SelectShift six-speed automatic produces quick, clean shits and can be manually shifted via a thumb switch mounted on the gear selector.
Premium touches are the main reason to buy a Milan rather than a Fusion, and contrasting piping on leather upholstery helps give this sedan a stylish, additional inducement.
Dashboard Covered Tray
The Milan isn't alone in having a covered tray atop the dashboard center. Still, it's a handy extra space for small items.
The use of satin aluminum finishes and high-quality materials is meant to extend the appeal of the Milan's body into its five-passenger cockpit. Roomy and open-feeling up front, the Milan offers plenty of head and elbow space for the driver and front passenger. Seats aren't especially firm, providing modest bolstering and support. Rear-seat knee, toe and head space are ample at each side, but the center spot is a somewhat hard perch with scant headroom. A 60/40 split-folding rear seat is standard. The extended back doors make entry easier for taller passengers.Exterior
Mercury says the Milan's design was inspired by large, modern cities. Signature styling cues start with the satin-finished aluminum "waterfall" grille, which has been a Mercury hallmark in recent years. This helps set the Milan apart from the Ford Fusion, which shares the same profile and structure. Built on a comparatively long (107.4-inch) wheelbase, the four-door sedan has a clean, modestly-adorned overall appearance, brandishing gentle curves as well as body lines that could be called "chiseled." Headlamps wrap up and over the sharply-creased front fenders. A bright chrome beltline accents each body side, and LED taillights promise quicker illumination.
The 2011 Mercury Milan comes nicely equipped and includes front-seat side-impact airbags, side-curtain airbags, AdvanceTrac electronic stability control, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel with redundant audio controls, remote keyless keypad entry, eight-way power driver's seat, air conditioning, speed control, a Securilock passive anti-theft system, power heated mirrors with integrated blind-spot mirror, anti-lock brakes (ABS) and power windows and locks. The standard six-speaker stereo plays MP3-encoded CDs and features an auxiliary input jack and a six-month subscription to SIRIUS Satellite Radio. The Premier V6 model adds the SYNC communications and entertainment system, fog lights, heated front seats, electronic climate control, auto-dimming rearview mirror, adjustable ambient lighting, 10-way power driver's seat with power lumbar and recline, four-way power passenger seat, 17-inch alloy wheels, leather-wrapped steering wheel with touch controls, six-disc CD changer and leather seating surfaces.
Options include all-wheel drive (V6 only), the SYNC communication and entertainment system (base), voice activated hard drive based navigation with HD Radio, a power moonroof, an active perimeter alarm, remote start, rear view monitor, Blind Spot Information System (BLIS), Sony 12-speaker audio system with single CD (six-disc on Hybrid), rear parking sensors, and puddle lamps.
Like the Ford Fusion, Mercury's Milan has either a four-cylinder or V6 engine. A six-speed manual transmission or optional six-speed automatic mate with the four-cylinder engine on the base car, while the Milan Premier V6 and AWD trims feature the new, SelectShift six-speed automatic.
2.5-liter in-line 4
175 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
172 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/29 (manual), 23/33 (automatic),
240 horsepower @ 6550 rpm
223 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4300 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/28 (2WD, gasoline), 13/20 (2WD, E85)
18/26 (AWD, gasoline), 13/18 (AWD, E85)
By Skeeter on Wednesday, September 10, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 17,451overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Solid well built , loaded with all the goodies!"
Cons: "Doesn't drive on water!"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"By far the most enjoyable car that I have ever owned.. Solid, well built and I just can't say enough good things about this auto!"
By Larry on Wednesday, July 16, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Great mpg, sterio, sync, handling and comfort"
Cons: "CVT takes time to get used to."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"The car is the perfect appliance for family use. I am averaging 35 mpg. It rides and handles well. The sterio is awesom and sync is cool. It just plain does what it is supposed to...."
4 people out of 7 found this review helpful
By Adam on Monday, June 23, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 32,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "Value, comfortable, nice interior, space"
Cons: "head room w/ sunroof, throttle body needs recalled"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7
"Bought car used in 2013 with 15000 miles - was a former lease vehicle from out of state. Overall, pleased with the car - it's not been without issue, but all issues were minor and the car hasn't stranded me. Issues to date: faulty idler pulley ($300 to replace by dealer), Leaking axel seal driver's side (warranty repair), and Ford keeps sending me extended warranty information on the throttle body (which they should just replace as a recall). I also suspect a bad sway bar link as I hear the tell-tale rattle. I've noticed some other physical wear on the car that is likely due to poor maintenance and rough treatment in my car's first few years. Car is comfortable, adequately powered for a 4 cylinder, gets 30 mpg Hwy (most of my driving is in town and 23 mpg is typical). Computer MPG is optimistic to the tune of 5-10%. There's lots of cabin and trunk space. Heated seat buttons as well as radio controls on dash are somewhat awkward and not intuitive. Microsoft sync is a neat feature, but not perfect. Dashboard is pleasant to the eyes, easy to read, yet is difficult to read in bright daylight. I'm 6'3" and the power moon roof eats into precious head room. I make it work because I like seeing sky. Otherwise, car is easily adjustable to fit just about anyone. I like that the rear seats fold flat for cargo space and that the front passenger seat folds flat as well for extra long cargo. Two tone leather is attractive (friends and family have commented) and my nephew loves to play with the mood lighting (well, he likes playing with all the buttons). Overall, I think it's a keeper. The only drawback is that some friends teased me for buying yet another grandma car."
2 people out of 4 found this review helpful
By Dale on Sunday, April 27, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 62,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "35 hwy 28 city, great dash design, fun to drive"
Cons: "sometimes wish I had V6 version"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I have been impressed by this car from the day I bought it. I have taken in on long trips and the ride was great. I love driving it on a daily basis, sometimes I invent reasons to to go to the store just to drive it. I have had all three american cars Chevrolet, Chrysler and Ford. I am sorry that these cars are no longer in production. Next year when I buy a new car it will either be the Lincoln MKZ or Ford Fusion. My friends are amazed at that I get better mileage than they do in their smaller cars."
5 people out of 7 found this review helpful
By suzi on Tuesday, April 08, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 85,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "great gas mileage for its size (4cylinder engine)"
Cons: "not a lot of pick up with the 4 cylinder"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"This is a nice affordable midsize car. It is reliable and has some very nice luxury features. The handling is soft but the ride is good. There is a lot of trunk space but the back can be tight for large adults. For the size it has good gas mileage and has a good ride at cruising speeds."
1 person out of 2 found this review helpful
By Gail on Monday, March 17, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 38,708overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "fun to drive, good gas mileage"
Cons: "no ash tray"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Wonderful gas mileage--28-30 run around town, 30-35 interstate travel. Comfortable, fun to drive, easy parking."
4 people out of 5 found this review helpful