The Mercury Milan is an impressive mid-size sedan that garnered awards from industry and consumer groups alike. First viewed at the Chicago Auto Show in 2005, the 2006 Milan was launched to replace Mercury's Sable and Mystique vehicles. As Ford phased out the Mercury brand at the end of 2010, the Milan is no longer in production.
The Milan is Mercury's virtual equivalent to the Ford Fusion, but it is equipped with a more substantial and upscale range of features. It seats five people and is available in six versions: an inline (I4) four-cylinder engine, an I4 Premier, a V6-engine model, a V6-engine Premier and a Premier All-Wheel Drive (AWD) model. Horsepower ranges from 175 for the 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine to 240 for the 3.0-liter V6 engine. The Milan, especially the hybrid model, has respectable fuel consumption statistics. The V6 AWD version has an EPA rating of 17 miles per gallon (mpg) in the city and 25 mpg on highways. The hybrid boasts 41 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway. Although designed at Lincoln-Mercury headquarters in Dearborn Michigan, the Milan was produced in Sonora, Mexico. Milan sales reached their height in 2007 when 37,244 of the cars were sold.
All Milans feature Mercury's signature grille, but they include other refinements that successfully separate them from Ford Fusions. The 2006 Milan had an upgraded interior, larger sedan doors, a tighter suspension and more upscale headlights and taillights. The first AWD models made their debut with the 2007 model year. Navigation systems and MP3 jacks were optional equipment beginning with the 2007 model. Premier models include a host of luxurious features not found in Fusions or in many other competitive models in its class.
Mercury launched the hybrid Milan as a 2010 model in March 2009. The 2010 Milans, whether hybrid or non-hybrid, received newly designed dashboards, improved wheels and a number of cosmetic enhancements. The Premier version includes satellite radio with its audio system, heated two-tone leather seats, an outdoor temperature gauge, a SYNC system and a leather-trimmed, telescoping steering wheel. A power moon roof, six speakers, a voice-powered navigation system and dual-zone climate controls are also part of the Premier package.
Despite its relatively short existence as a brand, the Milan was lavished with praise from industry associations. In 2007, J.D. Power and Associates deemed it as the Initial Quality Winner in its mid-size car division. The Milan has been recommended for purchase for several years by Consumer Reports magazine. Consumers Digest magazine gave the Milan recommended-buy status in 2007. The Milan received a second-place award in the U.S. Global Quality Research study for the second quarter of 2007.
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