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2011 Mercury Milan

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2011 Mercury Milan Review

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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.

You'll Like This Car If...

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.

You May Not Like This Car If...

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.

What's New for 2011

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 the Milan
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.

Stylish Interior
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.

2011 Mercury Milan Details
Interior

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.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

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.

Optional Equipment

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.

Under the Hood

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),

3.0-liter V6
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)

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2011 Mercury Milan Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.5
Out of 10

Based on 71 Ratings for the 2010 - 2011 models.

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  • Value
    9.4/10
    Quality
    9.6/10
  • Reliability
    9.6/10
    Performance
    9.3/10
  • Comfort
    9.5/10
    Styling
    9.5/10

so far excellent, but hard to read buttons, l

By on Sunday, May 15, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 52,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "a nice car, all around"

Cons: "mentioned in review"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"So far so good, no probs, get oil change faithfully, music system very good, gas mileage good, pick-up good, quality construction doesn't feel cheap or plastic. Put it far above Hyundai, Kia, etc.cons are: small words on buttons/knobs, hard to read especially at night,limited sight when backing up, contour of back of car makes for a small view. Other than these two cons, I am pleased with car."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

A comfy economical car that borders on luxury

By on Tuesday, October 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Price is/was right. Driving pleasure & economical."

Cons: "Lack of self-dim rear-view mirrors-they're heated"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I read online reviews & magazines about the practical Mercury Milan from the start of its production. Of course 40 mph caught my eye and I can get it by driving very much sensibly & slow & downhill]. What I really like are: smooth 6-speed automatic; front-wheel drive; traction control; a very comfortable, highly-adjustable electric driver seat; fronts seats fully recline; back-up sensor that beeps; satellite radio & blue tooth capability for cell phone; sharp, clean body style. I know I am forgetting a few more things--like comfortable ride & good handling & snappy performance & reliability."

5 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Love the all wheel drive for snow and ice

By on Monday, October 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 25,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Love the all wheel drive on snow & ice"

Cons: "Seats are not comfortable for long trips."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This car made it up a very slippery hill when a truck and car in front of me slid, stopped, slid, and final made it up the hill. My car just walked right up, no problem. Love this car. The seats are not comfortable for long trips, but I have yet to find a new car that has good seats for trips, truck have much better seats for that. That is my only complaint on this car."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Awesome car being the last Mercury Milan produced!

By on Thursday, October 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 24,045

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great car, GPS, SYNC, back-up camera & design"

Cons: "Gas milage a downer. White paint was extra cost."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

""The 2010 Mercury Milan is an outstanding mid-size sedan that is well-deserving of all the accolades I can offer! I have the Premier model with the 6-cylinder and the 6-spd auto. The car is very good-looking, rides and handles beautifully; is extremely comfortable, and represents an incredible value for the buyer. The back-up camera display is awesome and better than other manufacturers. The SYNC feature is great along with the leather seats and moon roof. The AWD and flex-fuel features are awesome. Research shows that the 2006 thru 2009 Milan eclipsed both the Camry and the Accord in terms of high reliability. I have to agree. One issue for me is that it would have been nice to have a counterbalanced hood (vs. a prop rod). It is a minor issue that doesn't detract from my being totally delighted with and completely impressed by this automobile. Ford was wise to take consumer input on the first generation, and incorporated the positive input into the 2010 re-design, then introduce the 2010 model as early as they did. Kudos to the design team in Dearborn! Sad that the 2010 model year was the last for the Milan."

I will always have Fusions now

By on Friday, September 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 50,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "fun to drive, a heavy car compared to Japanese car"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I couldn't be happier with my Milan. It has major style, and Mercury's red is the prettiest red out there. I will now own Fusions since my beloved Milan is no more."

4 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Best vehicle we've owned.

By on Tuesday, July 14, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 79,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Fun to snug gas stations, fun to drive."

Cons: "N/A"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Until purchasing "HB" (our family names its vehicles), a 1928 Model A Ford and 1956 Chevvy were the best cars I'd ever owned. Ford out did itself when it produced the Mercury (same platform as the Fusion) Milan Hybrid. We live in Northern Michigan, so the gas mileage plummets a bit in the winter. Nevertheless, we're still in the 33-36 mpg range overall. Summers we're over 40 mpg. In-town driving in the all-electric mode we've achieved rates of 50 to 60+ mpg. Little wonder why Ford didn't need taxpayers to bail them out of years of mediocrity and forgive debt. This car is a testament to the company, its stockholders, and the men and women whose ingenuity and enterprise have proven Detroit can compete with any auto manufacturer in the world!"

10 people out of 15 found this review helpful

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