2010 Mercury Milan

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2010 Mercury Milan Review

By KBB.com Editors

Mercury has aimed the 2010 Milan squarely at customers who place a premium on upscale styling both inside and out. 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 around $22,000, 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 2010 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 or Nissan Altima.

What's New for 2010

Big changes for 2010 include a new, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, a new six-speed automatic transmission, a Flex-Fuel compatible V6, standard AdvanceTrac stability control, electric-assist power steering and cabin air filtration system. New available features include the Blind Spot Information System (BLIS), a 12-speaker Sony premium audio system, rear view camera, SYNC 911 with traffic and vehicle health alerts and a voice activated navigation system with SIRUS Travel Link.

Driving the Milan
Driving Impressions

Overall, the 2010 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. After moderate delay on initial acceleration, the Milan is eager to pass or merge, delivering ample energy in a steady flow. The automatic transmission is generally well-behaved, but low-speed operation can produce occasional uncertain jolts.

Two-Tone Interior
Premium touches are the main reason to buy a Milan rather than a Fusion, and two-tone 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.

2010 Mercury Milan Details
2010 Mercury Milan photo 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.

2010 Mercury Milan photo

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 2010 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, air conditioning, speed control, a Securilock passive anti-theft system, power heated mirrors, 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, electronic climate control, auto-dimming rearview mirror, adjustable ambient lighting, 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, VOGA package (Premier only), a two-tone interior, a power moonroof, heated front seats, an active perimeter alarm, remote start, rear view monitor, Blind Spot Information System (BLIS), Sony 12-speaker audio system, rear parking sensors, and puddle lamps.

Under the Hood

Like the Ford Fusion, Mercury’s Milan has either a four-cylinder or V6 engine, and each engine is available in either the base model or the Premier edition. A six-speed manual transmission or optional six-speed automatic mate with the four-cylinder engine, while the V6 comes only with a 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), 22/31 (automatic)

3.0-liter V6
240 horsepower @ 6550 rpm
223 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4300 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/27 (2WD, gasoline), 13/19 (2WD, E85)
18/25 (AWD, gasoline), 13/18 (AWD, E85)

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