2011 Milan Hybrid New Car Test Drive
Like every Mercury, the newly designed 2010 Mercury Milan intends to be a more refined, up-market restatement of its Ford sister car, in this case, the Ford Fusion. Where base models of the Ford are thrifty and flintily efficient, the Milan offers more than a hint of luxury and style, and at bargain prices.
From outside, the Mercury Milan features a unique, toothy grille that growls with aggression. The sleek nose and canted headlight-surrounds express a dynamic, sporting character, and the car's flanks have a similarly attractive muscularity. In the homogenized world of low-priced mid-size sedans, the clean world-car looks of the Mercury Milan stand as a thoroughly convincing American alternative to the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry and other midsize sedans from Japan.
The Milan interior is similarly striking. Featuring what Mercury calls a more technical look, the dashboard and interior are highlighted with stylish satin aluminum metal trim. Attractive black pebble grain covers the dash surfaces, which are fully equipped with added-value comforts and conveniences. Leather seating is standard in most models, another testament to Mercury's upscale aspirations.
The 2010 Milan provides an excellent array of powertrain choices. For those intent on green fuel efficiency, the Milan Hybrid has been rated by the EPA at a spectacular 41/36 mpg, City/Highway. For more power-hungry drivers, Milan's top-of-the-line 3.0-liter Duratec V6 delivers a forceful 240 horsepower and 222 pound-feet of torque. And for those who want good fuel mileage without paying the Hybrid's hefty price premium, a 2.5-liter four-cylinder like the one in our test vehicle delivers 175 horsepower, 172 pound-feet of torque and more than enough acceleration to keep pace with the race. Further, EPA rates the four-cylinder at 22/31 mpg, sensational figures in any mid-size sedan. For perspective, the diminutive, notably fuel-stingy Mini Cooper S only gets 23/32 mpg.
Mercury Milan is a capacious, handsome and winsomely efficient design that can go toe to toe with any mid-size low-price family sedan in the world. Even its four-cylinder variant provides vigorous performance. And its handling, stability and list of features, including available all-wheel drive, put it very high on our list.
The 2010 Mercury Milan comes in four variants: Milan, Milan Premier, Milan Premier V6 AWD, and Milan Hybrid.
Milan ($21,180) comes standard with single-zone climate control with cabin air filter, cloth seats, six-way power driver seat and two-way manual passenger seat, leather-wrapped manual tilt/telescope wheel with cruise and audio controls, visors with illuminated mirrors, power windows with driver's one-touch up/down, six-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 stereo, remote decklid release, capless fuel filler, remote keyless entry and keyless entry code pad, Sirius satellite radio with six-month prepaid subscription, speed-sensitive front wipers, rear window defroster, heated power outside mirrors, six cupholders, instrument cluster with message center, two 12V power points. Milan comes standard with front-wheel drive, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, six-speed manual transmission, 16-inch wheels.
Milan Premier ($24,320) upgrades with leather-trimmed heated seats with eight-way power driver seat and six-way power passenger seat, dual-zone climate control, SYNC voice-activated communications with entertainment system and S.O.S. post-crash 911 assist, automatic halogen headlamps, fog lamps, auto-dimming rearview mirror, ambient interior lighting. Premier comes standard with six-speed automatic transmission and 17-inch wheels.
Milan Premier is also available with 3.0-liter V6 and all-wheel drive ($27,800).
Milan Hybrid ($27,500) features a hybrid 2.5-liter four-cylinder gas engine with 275-volt sealed battery, permanent magnet-electric motor, ECVT electronic constant-velocity automatic transmission, regenerative braking, and unique 17-inch wheels. The Hybrid comes with eco-friendly cloth seating, 6CD audio changer, LCD graphic instrument panel, reverse-sensing system, 110V power point, Hybrid badges.
Optional packages: Sun & SYNC Package with auto-dimming rearview mirror with microphone and compass, power moonroof, SYNC voice-activated communication system; Driver's Vision Package with blind-spot information system, rearward camera in rearview mirror; Moon & Tune Package with moonroof, Sony audio with 12 speakers and 6CD changer.
Safety features that come standard on all Milan models include dual front and side-impact airbags, front and rear side-curtain airbags with crash-severity sensing, seatbelt pretensioners, children's lower belt anchors and tethers, anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control, traction control, tire-pressure monitoring. Also available are a rearview camera, a reverse sensing system, and all-wheel drive.