2007 Milan New Car Test Drive
The 2007 Mercury Milan drives well and is the product of some of Ford's best engineering. Milan is based on the superb Mazda 6 platform and shares much in common with the Ford Fusion. We think it looks stylish and contemporary.
Designed to compete with the Toyota Camry and other midsize family sedans, the Milan is smaller than the Mercury Sable (the car formerly known as Montego).
Milan seats four comfortably. The cabin is inviting, with nice interior materials and better than average detailing. We liked the contrast stitching in the seats. Also, it's an easy car to use. Fold-down rear seats add an extra measure of space and utility. New for 2007, the front passenger seat folds down, adding more utility and functionality.
Four-cylinder and V6 engines are available. The V6 gets an EPA-rated 28 mpg on the highway and comes with a six-speed automatic transmission, a rarity in this class, which gives both better acceleration and better fuel economy than a five-speed automatic.
For 2007, Mercury has added two all-wheel-drive models to the lineup: Milan V6 AWD and Milan Premier V6 AWD. All-wheel drive stabilizes handling, improves traction, and adds confidence in foul weather by sending power from the transmission to all four wheels, instead of just the front or rear wheels.
The 2007 Mercury Milan comes in four versions: a basic four-cylinder package ($18,790), a Premier V6 ($23,375), a Milan V6 AWD ($23,670), and a Milan Premier V6 AWD ($25,225). Options packages, however, make it possible to have almost any combination you want. For instance, you can order a four-cylinder automatic Premier ($20,790).
The Milan ($18,790) comes with a 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine and a choice of five-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission ($850).
Standard features include ABS, side-impact and side curtain airbags, air conditioning, a premium audio system with AM/FM/CD/MP3 player, an analog clock, an overhead console with sunglasses holder, a covered flip-up storage bin on top of the dash, six-way power driver's seat with manual lumbar, 16-inch wheels, speed control, tilt and telescoping steering wheel with secondary controls, a perimeter anti-theft system, standard auxiliary audio input jack, and remote keyless entry.
Options include a power moonroof ($895), an AM/FM/CD6/MP3 Audiophile system with eight speakers, a rear spoiler, DVD-based navigation ($1995), and Sirius Satellite Radio ($195).
Milan Premier ($20,790) upgrades with leather seating surfaces, automatic electronic climate control, 6CD changer with MP3 and six speakers, leather-wrapped steering wheel with secondary audio, speed and climate controls, automatic headlights, fog lights, puddle lamps, and an auto dimming interior rearview mirror with compass.
Safety features have been upgraded for 2007: The anti-lock brake system comes standard, along with side-impact airbags for torso protection for the driver and front passenger, side curtain airbags for head protection for front and rear passengers, and an anti-theft perimeter alarm system. Traction control is standard on all V6 Milan models in 2007.
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